Opinion: Piracy in Southeast Asia

Opinion: A thought-provoking article illustrating how Southeast Asia is now widely regarded as the world’s most piracy infested waters.

Piracy in this region is hardly something new and the author correctly points out that more collaboration is needed between the authorities of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.  Moreover, similar strategies used to combat Somali piracy such as an increased naval presence in the region will undoubtedly have a positive impact on reducing the amount of attacks.

However, the role played by private maritime security companies should not be undermined.  As demonstrated in the fight against Somali pirates, the deployment of warships cannot guarantee the safety of every single vessel.

Although a step in the right direction, increased cooperation involving intelligence sharing and joint investigations into maritime crime will not create an immediate fix.  Therefore, the employment of on board security specialists should seriously be considered. EH

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