Q: HowInteresting viewing and a dose of reality in the world of Nigerian (and SE Asia) piracy/sea robbery. I like Kevin's pointed suggestion that there's a whole lot of corruption going on out there that makes some of the world less safe.
brave[grave] is the threat of piracy today compared with, say, the time frame around the Captain Phillips kidnapping?
A: I would say it is more prevalent.
On a global scale, definitely the incidences have increased threefold over the past two years.
We have locked down Somali piracy, but we still have Nigeria and Southeast Asia heating up.
Q: How much is lost due to piracy disruption each year?
Hot[Well over] $100 million[billion] in losses and expenses.
Q: $100 billion?
A: That's right.
Q: Who is paying for that?
A: We all are, really.
Q: Are you saying that the Nigerian government is in cahoots?
A: I don't have any direct evidence at this point in time, but i would say that they certainly make it difficult to protect themselves and the commercial vessels.
Pirates Attempt to Hijack Israeli Cargo Ship At Sea:
One of the ZIM shipping company's cargo ships was attacked by pirates Wednesday afternoon in the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb, adjacent to Somalia.Been a couple of these "attempts" near the Bab recently. Map from the Live Piracy Map site of the ICC CCS IMB.
Security guards stationed aboard the transport ship repelled the attack by the group of pirates who attempted to abduct the ship while in the middle of open waters.
The incident occurred as the Israeli ship made its way from East Asia back to Israel. The ship sailed into an ambush when two pirate ships snuck up alongside the ZIM vessel, and the pirates attempted to get on board and take control of the ship.
UPDATE: Nice BBC News report on West Africa piracy here:
***BBC News has a documentary on this topic coming up:
In most cases of West African piracy, the pirates want the cargo, not the crew.
This means levels of violence are higher than they are off the coast of Somalia, where the pirates need to keep the crew alive in order to obtain ransoms.
Underwriters have designated the waters off Nigeria, Togo and Benin a "war risk area", pushing up insurance costs.
This ultimately affects the cost of food, oil and anything else that is transported by sea from West Africa.