Piracy and armed robbery against ships today

This paper sets out the nature, scale and geographical locations of attacks against vessels today. Numerous examples in the paper highlight the worldwide nature of these attacks, the violence and differences in modus operandi and targets. The information is drawn from the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Against this background, it briefly discusses issues of definition and response, including some technological devices, which can help locate hijacked vessels and deter unlawful boarding. The paper concludes with some practical thoughts on dealing with international crime, the victims of which, through the nature of their work have to travel beyond national boundaries, and so do not always attract the support of and commitment from national governments and law enforcement agencies where the attacks take place.


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  • Accession Number: 01609090
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2016 9:16AM