The bureau, an office of the International Chamber of Commerce, urges ships to stay about 100 miles off Somalia's coastline, especially in the country's northeastern and eastern areas.See my post here for the link to the complete IMB/ICC CCS warning.
The deputy director of the International Maritime Bureau, Captain Jayand Abhyankar, says he thinks attacks are on the increase because ships are sailing closer to the coastline, lulled by a false sense of security due to the absence of attacks during the past few years.
He explains the pirates' motivation.
"They are not particularly after the cargo," he said. "They're after just kidnapping the crew and then demanding random. Most ships pass the Somali coast because they have to go into the Arabian Gulf or the Red Sea and the warnings are really for those ships."
"We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose." - President Eisenhower, First Inaugural Address
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Piracy Alert Issued for Ships Sailing Off Somali Coast
VOA notes Piracy Alert Issued for Ships Sailing Off Somali Coast.
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