July 14, 2009

Spatial Analysis of Somali Pirate Activity (Reuters)



Click the Title to go the Report on the Reuters website.

This report contains a detailed spatial analysis of the dramatic upsurge of pirate activity in 2009, focusing on changes in attack locations within the Gulf of Aden, changes in the attack success rate by month as well as on the unprecedented expansion of attacks in the Indian Ocean.
Pirate Incident Reports: ICC-IMB, ONI
IMO, NATO, Garowe Online & MSC(HOA)
GIS Data: NASA, USGS, UNOSAT
KEY FINDINGS:
- The overall pirate hijacking success rate for 2009 (vessel hijackings / total attacks) is currently at 23%. This is significantly lower than
the average in 2008 of 40% and is likely due to the increased naval patrols and heightened security practices of the merchant vessels in
the Gulf of Aden.
- Despite this relative decline in the pirate success rate, there is an alarming increase in the absolute number of pirate attacks and an
unprecedented expansion of pirate activity in the Indian Ocean, constituting a new phase of Somali piracy.
- There have been a total of 19 successful hijackings and 81 reported pirate attacks in 2009, an increase of over 650% from the same
period last year. If this attack rate is sustained, it will easily surpass the record number of attacks (115) in 2008 and could climb above
200 attacks in 2009.

2 comments:

janice July 15, 2009 at 1:10 PM  

To explore further the roots of Piracy in the Horn of Africa, one can research the writings of I.M Lewis and the work done by "Independent Diplomats" in Somalia.
I really enjoy this blog!!Thank you for such industrious work

The Azanian Sea July 15, 2009 at 1:23 PM  

Janice,

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