Piracy is an act of robbery or criminal violence at sea. Piracy against transport vessels remains a significant issue (with estimated worldwide losses of US$13 to $16 billion per year), particularly in the waters between the Red Sea and Indian Ocean, off the Somali coast, West Africa and also in the Strait of Malacca and Singapore, which are used by over 50,000 commercial ships a year.
MOMPS and our partners provide many different effective solutions to combat piracy which include but are not limited to the following:
- Armed boarding teams
- Hostage negotiation
- Vessel tracking
- Hot zone identification
- Non-lethal devices and technologies to combat pirates at sea
- Innovative techniques and concepts
- Route planning
- Long range identification
- SSAS implementation
- Specialized anti-piracy programs for safety of crew
- Training programs for tactical response
- Training programs for defense of crew and vessel
- Citadel and other defensive solutions and equipment
Please click on the below link to read an article written by MOMPS staff regarding piracy published in Forbes:
The Piracy & Armed Robbery Map which is in the link below follows the definition of Piracy as laid down in Article 101 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and Armed Robbery as laid down in Resolution A.1025 (26) adopted on 2 December 2009 at the 26th Assembly Session of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
This map shows all the piracy and armed robbery incidents reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre during 2012. If exact coordinates are not provided, estimated positions are shown based on information provided. Zoom-in and click on the pointers to view more information of an individual attack. Pointers may be superimposed on each other.