After Somali piracy of international freight ships had its peak in 2010 only three years later the number of shipping incidents has dropped drastically.

Learn about what measures had been taken and what impact they had on the African sea freight industry.

Somali piracy has decreased drastically

According to the U.S. Navy Office of Information, the number of cargo ship hijacks has dropped from its peak of 51 vessel hijacks in 2010 to zero in 2013. The number of incidents dropped from 182 in 2010 to only two in 2013. This is the result of various anti-piracy measures introduced in the last years.


Anti-piracy measures had a great impact on international sea freight shipping

These are the major anti-piracy measures that were introduced in the past years:

    • International navies increased their presence in the Indian Ocean and the greater area
    • Vigilance of shipping line owners has increased, using new routes and increasing protection on container ships to fight back any piracy attacks
    • Kenya has intervened against al-Shabab in Somalia

These are great results since Somali piracy has majorly threatened the international sea freight industry causing a rise in shipping costs and shipping insurance premiums. Also, the deliveries of important food aid shipments were highly at risk.

Organised piracy at the Horn of Africa

Millions of dollars were paid in ransom to free sea freight ships, which led to an increase of Somali piracy in the mid-2000s. Starting out as fairly unorganised attempts they later became highly developed criminal attacks focusing on hijacking entire vessels.

One of the most famous hijacks was the piracy incident in 2009 when the U.S.-flagged M/V Maersk Alabama container ship was kidnapped off the Somali coast. This hijack was later reproduced in a motion picture and further raised public awareness.


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