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Using technology to thwart pirates Piracy attacks hit five year-low, but vigilance necessary


n International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Marine Bureau (IMB) global piracy report released January 2013 showed that piracy on the world’s oceans has reached a five-year low, with 297 ships attacked in 2012. This is a marked reduction from the 439 attacks documented over the previous year. Encouraging news, to be certain, but it is important that the shipping industry does not draw the wrong conclusions from this data. This same report also highlights the need for continued vigilance, as well as the fact that certain regions, such as West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Togo, have seen increased pirate activity. These trends indicate that

ing ships and shoreside fleet managers with critical information—together with improved response from navies and private security teams—have been effective tools in protecting vessels and crews. They also indicate that pirates have been quick to adapt and strike targets farther offshore (where after-the-fact response is difficult), increasing the need for preemptive planning based on the latest information technology. Working with its global partner Bergen Risk Solutions, Jeppesen will continue to develop and deliver technologies like its Jeppesen Electronic Maritime Security Charts for use with C-MAP OceanView software or integrated ECS/ ECDIS bridge systems. Updated regularly, these charts provide color-coded

Technologies such as the Jeppesen Electronic Maritime Security Charts visually alert ship operators to areas of greater risk of piracy attacks

PiracyUpdate symbols highlighting regional acts of piracy and maritime crime based on category—Black for all incidents in the previous seven days; Red for Hijack/Kidnap incidents; Yellow for Armed Assault or Robbery; Blue for Attempted Crime and Green for Suspicious Approach to a Vessel. There are several important benefits to having this information available and overlaid onto trusted electronic charts. For example, the ability to integrate this information with complimentary data FEBRuARY 2013 MARINE LOG 31

Feb 2013 Marine Log Magazine