Somali pirates

Somali Hostage Living in Hope

Nhem Soksan sat on his hammock under a shady tree in the middle of what would typically have been a work day, trying not to think about the 1,672 days he spent as a captive of Somali pirates. The 37-year-old just lazed around because he is still unemployed some three months after he and three other Cambodians were rescued from Somalia. Mr. Soksan is waiting to attend a trade school to learn to become a mechanic so he can resume…

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Eleven Pirates Captured By EU Naval Force Dutch Warship Are Convicted In The Seychelles

On Wednesday 2 October 2013 eleven pirates were convicted in the Seychelles Supreme Court of committing acts of piracy and operating a pirate vessel between 7 – 11 May 2012. Their sentences ranged from 18 months to 16 years. The pirates had been apprehended by the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate, HNLMS Van Amstel, on 11May 2012, after the warship’s Lynx helicopter sighted a suspicious fishing dhow towing 2 skiffs, 400 nautical miles off the Somali coast. When the warship’s boarding…

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Summer Monsoons Blow Somali Pirates Away

SOMALI pirates piloting skiffs to attack passing cargo ships seem to have met their match: their operations come to naught when the prevailing wind speed reaches 32km/h. The pirates, who cause annual losses of about $US8 billion ($8.2bn), typically attack ships using two or more high-speed open boats, known as skiffs, which are between 6m and 8m long. In a study that matches weather observations with instances of piracy, Australian Catholic University geographer Duncan Cook and co-author Sally Garrett of…

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