COMMENT: Somalian piracy is estimated to cost the world economy billions of dollars a year and international navies struggle to combat the menace, especially in the Indian Ocean due to the vast distances involved. The shipping industry has warned that seaborne pirates pose an increasing threat to vital sea lanes. The pirates are becoming increasingly violent and are able to stay out at sea for long periods using captured merchant vessels as mother ships.
I continue to be perplexed as to why shipping operators/owners continue to permit their vessels to be hijacked and their crews victimized and tormented when there are cost effective and practical solutions readily available to deter at-sea hijackings. This can only be described as irresponsible.