It was just a few years ago that actions by pirates from Somalia were driving shipping firms crazy with fear. Pirates sezied ships and then demanded ransom for crews and contents of the ship. However, shpping firms finally got some backbone and hired security guards plus navies of various nations began to coordinate their activities off the coast of east Africa. From a high of 199 hijacks in 2011 the figure has fallen to seventy this year. Actually, not a single ship which had security guards on board has been seized.
Another factor is attacks on Somali seaport by soldiers fighting with the African Union who are engaged in wiping out Muslim radical militants. The solution to the pirate problem lies in creation of a st