Despite some encouraging statistics reporting that incidents of piracy have fallen, Maritime Security Correspondent Steven Jones says severity has increased and that if anything, security should be ramped up to face these new threats.
There has perhaps been a temptation to celebrate of late, as maritime piracy has reportedly reached an 18 year low. Unfortunately, the good news is tempered by the latest International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) data, which states more crew were kidnapped at sea in 2016 than in any of the previous 10 years.
So we are seeing fewer attacks, but they are far more severe. This suggests there is something of a lag when it comes to maritime security. Attacks escalate and slowly a response emerges, but all too often it seems the pirate tail is wagging the security dog.