Think Maritime Piracy is a thing of the past? Think again! Piracy doesn’t just mean a bootleg copy of the latest cool software, or music.
Pirate attacks rose last year by 57% compared with 1999 figures and were nearly four and half times higher when compared with 1991 according to a report by the ICC’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
In its annual Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships report for 2000, the IMB – a division of the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – reports a total of 469 attacks on ships either at sea, at anchor or in port.
The violence used in the attacks also rose to new levels, with 72 seafarers killed and 99 injured in 2000, up from 3 killed and 24 injured the previous year. The number of hostages taken halved to 202 seafarers. Ships were boarded in 307 instances and a total of eight ships were hijacked.
*Thinking good thoughts for Cap’n Emer*
totally unrelated… what is this? I love the sound of the blue car, and the uncle bens rice instructions.Flash 5 required.