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Somali piracy is down 90 per cent from last year

New security measures take effect – but there are still “suspicious approaches” to ships.

MARITIME PIRACY BY Somali gangs has reached a six-year low, according to a new report from Control Risks.

The number of piracy incidents from 1 January 1 to 1 October 2013 was down 90 per cent from the corresponding period in 2012.

The huge reduction is due to a few key factors.

“Adherence to best management practices by crews and vessel operators; a significant naval presence offshore; and the continued use of armed security on board vessels. Additional onshore factors, such as the development of local security forces, have also played a part,” according to the report.

Still, “suspicious approaches” continue in the region and pirate groups “remain operational.” In 2014, activity is “likely to remain at a relatively low level, with periodic spikes.”

Here’s the snapshot of global piracy. Look at the crazy drop in the Horn of Africa.

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