Piracy: Mapping a Shift

Two maps from the International Maritime Bureau clearly depict a shift in the worldwide battle against piracy.

The first shows the location of pirate attacks around the globe in 2005, actual attacks pinpointed in red, attempted attacks in yellow.

The second map  shows the same for just the first five months of 2009.

Obviously, attempts by Asian governments to reduce piracy in the Straits of Malacca are working. Just as obviously, attempts to stem Somali piracy have not. Here's a closer view of East Africa and the Indian Ocean:

The number of Somali pirate attacks increased almost 20 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2009, according to the IMB. One out of every eight attacks resulted in a success hijacking.

That purple pin, by the way, indicates a suspicious vessel.

The Journal of Commerce will publish a special report, “Managing Risk: Piracy” in both the June 1 edition of the magazine and online.

In the meantime, refer to these latest stories:

Lawmakers Demand Armed Security on U.S. Ships
R.G. Edmonson | May 20, 2009 7:39PM GMT

U.S.-Flag Ships Make Anti-Piracy Progress
R.G. Edmonson | May 19, 2009 7:07PM GMT

Anti-Piracy Group Seeks ‘Joint’ Response
JOC Staff | May 19, 2009 1:45PM GMT

And also ...

Coast Guard Issues Anti-Piracy Directive
R.G. Edmonson | May 13, 2009 2:43PM GMT

Pirates Seize German Cargo Ship, Again
Peter T. Leach | May 6, 2009 2:53PM GMT

Maersk Calls for Secure Somali Sea Lane
Peter T. Leach | May 5, 2009 3:10PM GMT

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