Tag Archives: piracy

Live piracy map!

Just a follow-up on the last post.  This website has a live, google maps-style piracy map.  If you’re looking to get into the industry, be sure to pick an area without much competition.

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Piracy hits Norway

From Reuters:

Norwegian shipping group Odfjell will stop sailing through the Gulf of Aden to avoid pirates and will reroute its vessels around the Cape of Good Hope despite the higher costs, the company said on Monday.

“We will no longer expose our crew to the risk of being hijacked and held for ransom by pirates in the Gulf of Aden,” Odfjell Chief Executive Terje Storeng said in a statement.

“The re-routing will entail extra sailing days and later cargo deliveries,” he said. “This will incur significant extra cost, but we expect our customers’ support and contribution.”

Whenever I hear about piracy, I have mixed images, perhaps as a result of too many Halloweens in the US.  I generally picture somebody looking like this:

as opposed to most modern day pirates, who look something more like this:

Either way, though, shipping is a huge industry in Norway and piracy has been a recurring problem with increasing flare-ups in recent years.  The last line of the statement, about “significant extra costs,” will only increase the costs of goods and services worldwide, adding to the possibility of global recession.

Maybe it won’t be so cool to dress up as a pirate anymore.