Addressing the situation after the second attack, Oceans Beyond Piracy warned: “This attack shows that Somali pirates still possess the capability and intent to capture vessels. Additionally tensions in coastal communities about illegal fishing in Somali waters continue to escalate. At the same time vessels are transiting closer to shore, with low freeboard and at slow speeds are granting pirates access to vulnerable vessels."
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OEF's latest Annual Report looks back on the accomplishments of its various programs in 2016 and looks ahead to what it hopes to achieve in the coming year.
The Puntland Maritime Police Force, a locally recruited counter-piracy force, exchanged gunfire with the pirates while they were resupplying the Aris 13, according to a statement by non-profit organization Oceans Beyond Piracy.
OEF's Oceans Beyond Piracy program reports that while this incident does not indicate a large-scale return of Somali piracy, vessels should follow best management practices when traveling in the region.
The first successful attack by Somali pirates since 2012 came as little surprise to John Steed of Oceans Beyond Piracy.
"Concerns about a potential resurgence of piracy are exacerbated by the drop in international naval force levels, the shipping industry's desire to return historic shipping patterns, and the reduction in armed guards on vessels in the High Risk Area," Oceans Beyond Piracy said in a report published January.
Attacks on vessels near the Horn of Africa at the end of 2016 reflect a growing trend of maritime insecurity which is not following traditional forms of piracy.
The Associate Director of Oceans Beyond Piracy, a program of OEF, discusses piracy during a worldwide open debate event, NIGHT OF IDEAS (Nuit des Idées), in Paris. Read more.
The work of Oceans Beyond Piracy is profiled in this interview with Associate Director Jérôme Michelet, who talked about OBP's role in analyzing piracy, intensifying dialogue among stakeholders, and negotiating the release of hostages.
A group of hostages was released after 18 months of humanitarian work through several groups, including Broomfield's One Earth Future.