The first incident of the pirate season came on Monday when an Omani dhow was attacked near the port of Salalah.Funny how just this week there were all these news reports declaring the piracy threat ended off Somalia (see i.e.,"Party seems over for Somali pirates").
Ian Millen, director of intelligence, said that despite industry optimism that the threat had diminished in the region, attacks were still likely in the area.
He said: "Somali pirates are not out of business, even if times are hard when compared to the success of earlier years.
"The pirate business has suffered a few setbacks, but the threat remains a very real one.
"The capability is intact and the motivation of those engaged is unlikely to have been diminished to the point of defeat.
"The message is clear - complacency is the greatest threat and constant vigilance, the greatest weapon in the fight against Somali pirates."
However, to be perfectly honest, the coast of Oman is not just "off the coast of Somalia" and the spokesman addressing the issue is from a security company that might have a slight interest in keeping the threat of piracy in the news.