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Risky seas

The waters off Somalia have become some of the most dangerous in the world as pirates based there expand their territory and attack vessels ranging from oil tankers to personal yachts. Naval patrols have reduced piracy in the Gulf of Aden, but the attacks are increasing in the Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean.

Risky seas
More attacks, more hostages

Claiming a bigger slice of the ocean

Somali pirates have extended their range and are remaining longer at sea by using “mother ships” to launch attacks.

More attacks, more hostages

At the end of 2010, there were more than 600 crew members being held hostage by Somali pirates. The worldwide numbers: