Funlola Otukoya DiSeC Maritime Piracy Sweden Elmont ... - IDIA
Funlola Otukoya DiSeC Maritime Piracy Sweden Elmont Memorial H.S. Maritime Piracy is an issue some countries may think of as inconsequential, but it is an issue that plagues the world today. Pirates give off a legendary air, but these men are as dangerous as can be. There are three types of pirates that plague the high seas today. The first group of pirates is smaller pirates. The victim is at anchor or at port. The main goal of the pirate is in the safe of the ship, and the possessions of the crew and passengers. The second group of pirates rob the crew and cargo of the ship. These bands are much more organized and linked to various criminal organizations. The third type of pirate commandeers the vessel, re-flag it, and then run a ghost ship. The ship is renamed, re-registered and re-painted. These pirates are harder to track, because now they become hostage situations. Sweden feels that there are many problems that plague this issue. The first problem is international waters. For instance, if a vessel is hijacked by a band of pirates, there are a limited amount of responses surrounding barges can take. If a Cruiser sees this action taken and the vessel is in the international waters of country A, then the war ship can no longer pursue this vessel. If that country is a weak state, and it does not possess the naval power in assisting in these attacks, these pirates get away, and the trend continues. A second problem is the geographical choke points around the world. Choke points are areas where ships must come to a complete stop. These are high risk areas, which are heavily attacked by pirates. Private vessels are easier targets because they are usually unarmed, and the hijacking is relatively easy. A third problem is underreporting.