Pirates move nearer Caribbean

By Piracy

 There are indications that pirates move closer to the Caribbean and also are endangering India's oil supplies.
India is really worried about pirate attacks off the West African coast. The country depends on oil imports and want to be less connected with oil imports from Iran.

Statistics shows drop by 16% for India's oil imports from the Gulf of Guinea nations because of the piracy. There are plans for cooperation between Indian and West African navies in order to eliminate the threat.

The Gulf of Guinea — off Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo and the northern stretch of Angola countries that supply India with oil.

In 2010 the number of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia was 192, this year so far are registered only 8 attacks according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

IMB deputy director Michael Howlett said:

"The massive cooperation between navies of major countries that we’ve seen in the past two years has played a key role in cutting off the narrow escape route that pirates have in the Gulf of Aden,"

Many ship owners and operators decide to hire armed security. Often the first aim of the pirates is not to loot the ships but to take hostages and ask for ransom.