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Piracy, 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2004, in SE Asia, Indian Sub Cont and Far East.
Maritime piracy has made a striking comeback in recent months - most notably in Southeast Asia and the Malacca Straits. More than 600 vessels a day pass through the Malacca Straits, making it one of the world's busiest, and most piracy-prone, sea ways. This vital trade route is the shortest connection between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Many of the ships passing through the Straits are oil tankers or are carrying other potentially dangerous cargo, and their vulnerability raises concerns that international terrorists might hijack such vessels with the intention of ramming them into port cities. Given the importance of international shipping to the global economy, maritime piracy has become a high priority for military and police throughout the world. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB), established in 1981 to act as a focal point in the fight against all types of maritime crime and malpractice, notes that in addition to the growth in piracy, pirates have become more ruthless, using more guns and kidnapping more people than ever before.

From CIAO's database:

The Growing Threat of Maritime Piracy

Future Trends in Worldwide Maritime Terrorism (PDF)

Maritime Order and Piracy

Contraband Trades of Southeast Asia

Outside Links*:

International Maritime Bureau (IMB)

Asia-Pacific Area Network

Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, United Nations

Malacca Straits Research and Development Centre

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