As Venezuela disintegrates, a new breed of pirates threatens the Caribbean
Comprehensive data on piracy is largely lacking for Latin America and the Caribbean. But a two-year study by the nonprofit Oceans Beyond Piracy recorded 71 major incidents in the region in 2017 - including robberies of merchant vessels and attacks on yachts - up 163 percent from the previous year. The vast majority happened in Caribbean waters.
The fund has been launched by investment firm Norfund, One Earth Future’s Shuraako initiative and Danish development finance institution IFU, and aims to help Somali entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses, contribute to their country’s economy and tax base, and create a significant number of jobs.
War on Indian Ocean piracy cost Sh140 billion last year
The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) said the figures were the latest from Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), a programme of the One Earth Future Foundation. The foundation is a privately funded non-profit organisation based in Colorado, USA. The cost includes money paid by shipping operators for increased insurance due to piracy, labour, armed guards and other protection measures, ransom paid by insurers and the cost of naval deployments.
Norfund, together with the Danish investment fund for developing countries (IFU) and Shuraako, an arm of One Earth Future (OEF), have set up the Nordic Horn of Africa Opportunities Fund to help small and medium-sized enterprises.
Dopo anni di silenzio, la pirateria torna a minacciare la sicurezza delle acque al largo delle coste dell’Africa orientale. La conferma arriva dal rapporto annuale sullo stato della pirateria pubblicato nell’ambito delle attività del progetto Oceans Beyond Piracy(Opb) lanciato dalla fondazione no-profit statunitense One Earth Future.
Those worries are borne out in a recently released report, which provides a stark reminder about how deadly large swathes of the high seas remain in the second decade of the 21st century. While the number of incidents involving pirates around the world declined in 2017 compared with the previous year, the number increased off the coasts of Africa, South America and in the Caribbean, according to the annual "State of Maritime Piracy" report released by One Earth Future, a nonprofit organization that studies piracy. The NGO's Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) program released the report.
Los piratas vuelven al Caribe por la crisis en Venezuela
Los piratas vuelven a acechar las aguas del Caribe. La grave crisis que atraviesa Venezuela ha disparado los ataques frente en sus costas, según un informe sobre la piratería en el mundo elaborado por la fundación estadounidense One Earth Future (Futuro de una Tierra). El pasado año se registraron 71 incidentes de este tipo en América Latina, la mayoría en el litoral venezolano. Esto supone un aumento del 163% con respecto a los 27 de 2016, siguiendo patrones similares a los que vivió Somalia hace años.
Piracy off the coast of Somalia is on the rise again
OBP says a revised approach to maritime security is required in the region to deal with the rise of piracy attacks. The Gulf of Eden between the coasts of Somalia and Yemen is one of the world’s most important trade routes but insecurity in the region is a constant threat. Security measures in the region mostly ended concerns over piracy by 2012 but the latest figures suggest this is no longer the case.
According to the annual State of Piracy report by the non-profit, One Earth Future’s Oceans Beyond Piracy program, the number of incidents in the Horn of Africa region doubled in 2017 compared to 2016.
A recently released Maritime Piracy Report from One Earth Future's (OEF) Oceans Beyond Piracy programme revealed piracy attacks occurred off the coast of Caribbean islands such as Martinique, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Lucia.