The rise and rise of Piracy on the high seas.

Like a some other diseases we were all congratulating ourselves had been defeated by the modern world, eradicated. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water it looks like the end of piracy was premature also.

Well we all knew it was dangerous to take a ship anywhere near the west African Coast/Horn of Africa. Somalia. We are not talking internet so called piracy here.

No it is the real deal. Cold eyed killers who see their victims as walking (or maybe sailing) rolls of money.

Now. Hadn’t it used to be a hanging offense all over? Piracy. Didn’t navies hunt them down and string them up? That was then and this is now. You do have to wonder if the “West” really is able to survive if it can’t be tough enough to call in the rat man.

Having seen how the so-called powerful nations are unable to stop piracy at sea it looks like there is some copy catting in the yellow sea, where some poor Chinese fishermen have been captured and demands for ransom made. In Chinese waters of all things. It sounds like these pirates are operating out of North Korea.

Is it with government backing? You do hear nothing happens there without the state’s say so, but you also hear people are grindingly poor.

Things are so bad the UK Foreign office has posted Piracy warnings for:

The Indian Ocean, particularly off the coast of the Horn of Africa
Off the coasts and on rivers of some South American countries
The Malacca Straits
South China Sea
The Red Sea

They say that If you are attacked you should report the incident to the nearest British Embassy, the relevant naval authorities, the relevant law enforcement authorities and the IMB Piracy Reporting Office in Kuala Lumpur. That’ll stop it absolutely for sure.

They advise against taking along nasty things like guns, in case it gets you in ter-rubble.

5 comments for “The rise and rise of Piracy on the high seas.

  1. May 18, 2012 at 13:32

    Hasn’t the Royal Navy retreated from “pirate patrol” around Somalia-could br wrong, but if they have maybe they could sail up to North Korea and start WW3:)

  2. May 18, 2012 at 16:22

    It used to be that navies blew pirates out of the water, and hanged the survivors. I sort of favor that idea.

  3. May 18, 2012 at 19:00

    The Russians still do or chain the survivors to the boat and blow it up.

  4. Rossa
    May 19, 2012 at 15:07

    T’aint the RN anymore it’s the EU Naval Force, though the commander of Operation Atalanta is Rear Admiral Duncan Potts (RN) as Richard North comments in his post The Sin of Elision.

  5. Moggsy
    May 21, 2012 at 07:29

    Bob, James, Am I horrible for agreeing with you? Angus. I would have thought China that has a navey could take care of business in iits own back yard.

    Does the UK actually have a navey any more? I thought it was doing some timeshare deal on ships with the French?

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