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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

When Pirates Attack

Popular love of pirates collided with reality recently when modern day Somalians attacked a U.S cruise ship. Attacks the following day on a large bulk carrier and a roll-on roll-off cargo ship prompted the International Maritime Bureau to issue a warning and to advise all ships in the area to coordinate patrols.

Simultaneous with the IMB’s actions the British Maritime officers union, NUMAST, has called for a multinational naval task force to be established to protect ships in piracy-prone areas.

The IMB said the latest incidents brought the total number of attacks to 28 since mid-March after two years of relative calm.

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