Somali pirates

I missed the movie Captain Phillips when it was first released last year but managed to see it just recently. It’s about the capture of a ship by Somali pirates and it prompted me to investigate how big the pirate problem remains in that part of the world. Well, it seems we have a EU force operating in the area and the success of this as well as self protection measures by the ships and boats themselves has led to a dramatic improvement: In 2011 there were 176 recorded attacks on shipping in the region and in 2013 there were just 7. So far in 2014 there have been 2. Read all about it at: