ソマリア沖の海賊は去ったのか?

Date: 28/07/2017
Author: Amanda Hastings

Apparently Somali pirates are back, or so some news headlines have recently read – but in reality piracy never left Somalia, incidents just dramatically decreased as a result of protection measures and pirates in other parts of the world drew more attention.

It’s probably fair to say that for as long as there have been ships, there have been pirates and this is unlikely to ever change. There is a fear that Somali piracy may be back as a result in the scaling down of the protections measures in the area. That is the subject of this week’s blog: 

  • Piracy was already prevalent in the ancient world – Homer makes reference to it in both the Iliad and the Odyssey, but even before late antiquity there was evidence of ancient pirates such as the Illyrians and the Tyrrhenians. A particularly famous female pirate of this time was Queen Teuta of Illyria who reigned from approximately 231 BC to 227 BC.
  • During the Elizabethan era, the government issued ‘letters of marque’ to certain pirates, this licensed them to legally plunder enemy ships – Sir Francis Drake was one of these privateers.
  • Modern piracy is not confined to a single geographic region, incidents occur worldwide. MO tends to change regionally e.g. Somalian piracy traditionally focused on holding the vessel ransom, whilst West African piracy appears to have mainly focused on cargo theft and crew kidnappings and ransom demands.
  • The ICC maintains a map of live piracy incidents worldwide. It can be accessed here. There were 191 piracy incidents reported in 2016.
  • The Aris 13 (March 2017) was the first successful hijacking by Somali pirates since 2012.
  • If a ship moves through a high-risk area (HRA), as identified by the Joint War Risks Committee or a relevant mutual insurer, additional cover in the form of War Risks is needed. 

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ソマリア沖の海賊は去ったのか?

Claims Executive

Amanda joined Thomas Miller as a claims handler in January 2015 from HFW, where she worked in shipping litigation. Prior to this she worked in supply chain management for an international retailer. Amanda has recently joined LS2 from the Club’s People Claims Syndicate and now deals primarily with the German membership.  A  fluent German speaker, Amanda read Law at Sheffield University and Trier University. She is currently studying for the postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) and is about to complete the International Group’s P&I Qualification. Amanda is actively involved with the London Shipping community and sits on the Young Maritime Professionals Committee for the London Shipping Law Centre.


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