Somali pirate an enemy for the world economy

By Piracy

The leader of the Iranian Navy announced on Tuesday that Somali pirates have done damage to the world economy more than $7 billon, showing the importance of Iran’s offensive against piracy in international waters.

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari informed in a speech to the 20th conference of the country’s maritime organizations on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf.

“The harm made by Somali pirates to the maritime industry count 1,090 hostages, and the financial losses has been estimated to be about 7 to 12 billion dollars,” he told.

Piracy near the coast of Somalia has been a danger to international shipping industry since the 2nd phase of the Somali Civil War in the beginning the 21st century. Starting from 2005, a lot of international organizations, plus the International Maritime Organization and the World Food Program, have announced concern over the rise in of the piracy activity.

Sayyari informed that the U.S. made civil war in Somalia, plus, “Internal conflict, illegal fishing in Somali waters, and dumping nuclear waste by certain countries have caused unemployment and insecurity on the coasts of this country.”

More in his notes, the Navy commander express his critic for the extra-regional powers for taking ` of the phenomenon of piracy to keep their presence in the area and informed that Iranian naval forces constantly go on maritime patrols and can secure the shipping routes and the tankers.

In the past, the Iranian Navy has been on the front line for an ongoing operations against piracy in international waters. And Iranian naval forces have usually been dispatched to the open seas, particulary in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the north of the Indian Ocean, and have rescued many Iranian and foreign vessels from pirate attacks.