What follows is a little over 7 year look at the impact of the pirates in the offshore Somalia region and in the Indian Ocean area writ large:
It took some time for the response to catch up with the threat to the sea lanes - for navies to deploy, to create a structure, to organize convoys, plan and carry out interdiction and for the use of armed guards on merchant ships to take effect.
A rather dramatic effect.
Will it last?
For those of you needing a primer or refresher on sea lanes or sea lines of communications, you might go here or here or here from whence the following graphics on sea highways came:
|Blue arrows point to major choke points|
|One day's ship traffic as seen from space|
|An overlay I created of pirate attacks on traveled sea lanes in Feb 2011|