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Piracy News & Commentary

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The Turkish ambassador to the UN has sent a letter suggesting that the UN oversee trials of accused Somali pirates. To date, the issue of arguments and questions over venue has been the most significant factor in preventing the trial of many accused Somali pirates. In many cases, some naval authorities have simply released captured Somali pirates. (Source: Lloyd’s List)

Pressure is mounting from a variety of sources--navies, governments, unions, seafarers, various analysts, and even some shipping company representatives--for industry to do more to protect itself against piracy.

The Maersk shipping company has acknowledged hiring a Tanzanian warship to escort one of its vessels through pirate waters. Several private firms are offering similar services. The practice dates back for millennia. (Source: Lloyd’s List)

Japan has indicated that it will send warships to the Gulf of Aden for the protection of commercial shipping. The suppression of piracy, however, does not seem to be a principal mission of naval forces in the region. Primary emphasis is on protecting shipping, as it should be. But anti-piracy operations should also include aggressive operations intended at suppressing piracy. (Source: BBC, author's)

A senior Chinese naval officer has suggested that China should establish a naval base in or around the Gulf of Aden in order to assist in anti-piracy operations, although one cannot help but think this is mere pretense for expanding Chinese naval presence. Even so, a number of Chinese vessels have been attacked, lending legitimacy to the idea. (Source: BBC, author's)

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