Pirate guards need global guidelines: U.N. agency. Armed guards employed on merchant ships to repel attacks by pirates should be subject to new standards to ensure they abide by international law while on the high seas, theInternational Maritime Organization said. By Reuters, May 17, 2013: TEXT
Fact Sheet: International Maritime Piracy. Piracy at sea is a worldwide phenomenon which has affected not only the coasts of Africa, but also Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Yemen, and Venezuela. American citizens considering travel by sea should exercise caution when near and within these coastal areas. U.S. Department of State (last recorded update April 10, 2013 ): TEXT
NOTICE: For a while, we have tried to construct a live resource focusing on maritime piracy based on information supplied by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)'s Commercial Crime Services (CCS). However, the organization changes URLs, links, and pages with such a frequency that makes it impossible to provide an up-to-date service. Moreover, with every periodic reinvention (every few months), new glitches emerge and the information becomes ever more restrictive. For these reasons, the links below remain as an example of the problems noted, but we begin the construction of a new resources based on information supplied by U.S. DOD, UN, and other trustworthy organizations.
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Live Piracy & Armed Robbery Report 2013. International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Commercial Crime Services (CCS). Based in the UK, CCS is a membership organisation tasked with combating all forms of commercial crime, including maritime piracy: LIVE TEXT
IMB Piracy & Armed Robbery Map 2013. This map shows all the piracy and armed robbery incidents reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre during 2013. 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: LIVE MAP ]]