How to fight piracy on the high seas

Piracy is just as alive today as it was in the distant past

Ship owners risk crew and cargo every time they send their vessels to certain parts of the world, such as the Gulf of Aden, the Malacca Strait, South America and West and East Africa.

Pirates took in an estimated $160 million in ransom last year, and one study predicts the number will climb to $400 million by 2015.

Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) fights pirates

Can anyone imagine pirates operating in the Panama Canal? Not likely, since US gunboats would be at the waterway within hours. Fighter planes would arrive sooner. Alas, the situation is not the same for Panama-flagged vessels sailing in international waters – the world’s largest flagged fleet. To combat attacks, the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has now hired the AdvanFort Corporation to conduct counter-piracy operations aboard vessels flying the Panama flag. The resulting Resolution No 106-26-DGMM […]

Panama-flag ship hostages freed after long captivity

Twenty-two hostages seized by pirates nearly three years ago have been freed from the Panama-flagged “MV Iceberg One”. The BBC was informed by authorities in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland that their maritime force began the operation to free the hostages – and their ship – nearly two weeks ago. The hostages were reportedly showing signs of having suffered physical torture and illness.