We’ve all heard about the latest success of the Somali pirates — capturing a Saudi-owned supertanker. Big score, if the ransom is paid. Or even if it isn’t. Personally I don’t understand why ships sailing through areas of known pirate activity don’t carry armed guards or have armed escorts or something, but that’s another post.
Take a look at the map of piracy around the world just this year. I’d been thinking it was all in Mideast waters, fomented by all the wars and political unrest, but obviously I was mistaken. This map is live on the web site of the ICC — the International Chamber of Commerce. You can zoom in on the pips and read the details of each report.
Pirates alive and well all over the world. Still. Who knew? Yo ho ho, baby. Pass the rum and cancel that cruise I had scheduled.