Friday, November 21, 2008

Somali Pirates: The Risk Module

The fun-loving folks at the International Chamber of Commerce's Commercial Crime Services are maintaining a really sweet Google Earth based real-time map of global incidents of piracy, with map markers you can click through for more details about the specific incident. Some representative sample reports:

IMB Piracy Map 2008
Attack ID: 2008/239
Wed Nov 12 2008
Attack Type: ATTEMPTED
Vessel Type: TANKER
Incident details: 12.11.2008: 1210 UTC: Posn: 12:33.6n – 045:10.6e, Gulf of Aden. Armed pirates in two speedboats chased a tanker underway. Tanker took evasive manoeuvres and escaped from the pirates.

Attack ID: 2008/195
Fri Sep 26 2008
Attack Type: HIJACKED
Location: GULF OF ADEN
Incident details: 26.09.2008: 0920 UTC: Posn: 13:32N - 048:26E, Gulf of Aden. Armed pirates fired upon a chemical tanker underway. The tanker sent mayday messages via VHF channel. The pirates boarded and hijacked the tanker. Further details awaited.

Attack ID: 2008/095
Sun May 25 2008
Attack Type: HIJACKED
Location: GULF OF ADEN
Incident details: 25.05.2008: 2235 LT: 13:13N-050:49E: Gulf of Aden. Pirates hijacked a general cargo ship 80 nm off the coast of Somalia. Nine crewmembers are held hostage onboard. At present the vessel is 2.5 nm from the coast. Further details awaited.

ICC Commercial Crime Services: Live Piracy Map 2008

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