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Blog category: "Maritime Piracy"

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Many countries throughout North America and Europe remain stuck in a widespread economic downturn, with unemployment rates that stubbornly persist at all-time highs. As the situation grows increasingly dire, more and more workers may consider the possibility of going abroad to find work. One popular destination for oil, shipping, and offshore production work is the coastal areas of Africa, ...
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Piracy off of the Coast of Somalia

Most people think that piracy is an antiquated problem without any sort of modern day presence. This is not the case. Unfortunately, maritime piracy is still alive and well in some parts of the world. Most recently, piracy off of the coast of Somalia has drawn widespread media attention. Widespread Problems Caused by Piracy Near Somalia In recent years, Somalia has become a high risk area for ...
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One of the largest threats to maritime workers who navigate in foreign waters is maritime piracy and other forms of maritime crime. While many people think that piracy is a thing of the past, modern pirates still exist and are far more dangerous now than ever. Modern pirates typically carry sophisticated weapons used to attack ships at sea. The vessels they target sometimes contain goods that can ...
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Who is Liable for Pirate Attacks at Sea?

The pirate attack of the Maersk Alabama in 2009 was the first time a U.S. vessel had been captured by pirates since the early 19 th century. The highly publicized incident involving the capture of a cargo ship by Somali pirates raised questions as to the liability of companies in the event of a pirate attack. In a currently pending lawsuit, several crewmembers of the vessel are seeking ...
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For sailors who were coasting off the oil-laden southern delta of Nigeria, Christmas day brought nothing to celebrate. As reported by the Washington Post, four of the sailors aboard the tug boat Asso Ventuno, were kidnapped on Sunday night, right on the eve of Christmas. The offshore tugboat was reportedly coasting near Nigeria's Bayelsa state when it was attacked by pirates armed with guns. Three ...
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Danger for Workers in the Horn of Africa

On Wednesday, the daring rescue of two hostages being held by Somali pirates once again reminds us of the dangers of working offshore in the Horn of Africa . Though the American and Danish citizen were rescued without any casualties to the team of US special-forces dispatched to free them, experts say the raid is unlikely to deter future acts of maritime piracy . In fact, an American journalist, a ...
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