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Italian Tanker Hijacked off Oman December 28, 2011

Posted by Chris Mark in Industry News, Piracy & Maritime Security.
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An Italian tanker carrying caustic soda was hijacked early Tuesday near Oman.  The ship was carrying 18 people including 6 Italians, 5 Ukrainians, and 7 Indians.   The ship, which wasn’t named, is owned by Manarvi.

Updated Whitepaper- Deterrence Theory & Modern Piracy December 19, 2011

Posted by Chris Mark in Piracy & Maritime Security, Uncategorized.
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I spoke on this topic at the Piracy Week event in London this past October.  It was a well received presentation so I thought I would repost the whitepaper with a few updates.  Deterrence theory plays a part in crime prevention, security and even dealing with teenagers ;).  You can download the paper here.

Understanding how people respond to deterrents as well as the rational actor model will help develop strategies for dealing with piracy and other crimes.  It should be noted that deterrence theory really goes out the window once someone is taking action for ideological purposes.  (that is my disclaimer)…pic was taken from johnbsheldon.com

Updated Whitepaper; Weapons & Tactics in the Prevention of Hijackings December 19, 2011

Posted by Chris Mark in Piracy & Maritime Security, Uncategorized.
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Originally I named this paper “Weapons and Tactics in the Prevention of Piracy” but in retrospect the title was incorrect.  Piracy is a multi-dimensional problem that could refer to a single act “The ship was pirated” or a larger geopolitical issue:  “Somalia leads the world in piracy”.  Weapons and tactics are simply tools that can be used to delay or prevent a single act.  For this reason, I renamed the paper.  You can download and read the paper here. 

Recommended Book: Pirate State; Inside Somalia’s Terrorism at Sea December 19, 2011

Posted by Chris Mark in Piracy & Maritime Security, Uncategorized.
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Occasionally I will read a book that I think is worth recommending on this blog.  I recently finished Peter Eichstaedt‘s Pirate State; Inside Somalia’s Terrorism at Sea and believe that this is a book that all maritime security professionals with a focus on Africa should read.  Compared to many books on Somali piracy it is an objective look at the state of piracy and what fuels the piracy problem in both Somalia as well as the Niger Delta.  The author discusses the influence of foreign nations, organized crime, over fishing, and other aspect that are at least partly to blame for the issues in Somalia and the Niger Delta which gave rise to piracy.  It  is an easy read and provides some very interesting statistics and facts. You can order the book from Amazon.com at this link.

New Domain! www.GlobalRiskInfo.com December 17, 2011

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Starting tomorrow (Sun, Dec 18th, 2011), the blog will have a new domain.  You can find us at the current wordpress subdomain of https://maritimerisk.wordpress.com or you can simply type www.GlobalRiskInfo.com (not case sensitive).  The blog will be expanding into other areas of risk including information assurance, physical security, and financial risk.

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