Friday, October 3, 2008

Armed and dangerous

The pirates in Somali waters are considered the most notorious and organised sea criminals. They hold hostage more than 300 seamen from 13 ships including two Malaysian tankers. A Copenhagen-based maritime risk intelligence company sheds some light on the issue

VESSELS hijacking is still new to many Malaysians. However the hijacking of two MISC Bhd tankers in the Gulf of Aden by Somali pirates on Aug 19 and 29 has put the multi-million dollar crime in the spotlight, but one of the vessels has been released on Saturday.

At the time of writing, negotiations to release 65 Malaysians and 14 Filipinos (a Filipino was killed during the incident by a stray bullet) are still ongoing. An interview with Risk Intelligence, a risk intelligence company that offers consultancy services to private and governmental clients on security threats and risks, reveals a growing notoriety in the piracy “business”.

Risk Intelligence also specialises in analysing threats frompirates, organised crime, terrorism, insurgency and military conflicts.

Canadian Navy sailors approach the World Food Programme (WFP) cargo as it enters Mogadishu's waters, after being provided an anti-pirate escort for the ship taking food aid to Somalia. - AFP

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