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Has Somali Piracy Returned?

By Lisa Otto 2017-05-22 16:55:43

Since the hijacking of an oil tanker off the coast of Alula, Puntland on March 13 and its release without ransom three days later, the media has voiced concerns as to whether Somali piracy maybe about to resurge. This recent incident and those that have followed it provide an opportunity to look back at Somali piracy: what caused it in the first place? What caused it to abate and where we are now? The International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre’s website indicates that, at the time of writing,...

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Women at Sea: Is Sea-Blindness Gendered?

By Lisa Otto 2016-06-07 00:25:50

By Dr Lisa Otto, Research Associate in Maritime Security, Coventry University, U.K. Statistics from the International Transport Workers’ Federation indicate that as little as two percent of the maritime workforce is made up of women. According to data published by the International Labour Organisation in 2003 the vast majority of these women, 94 percent, work on passenger ships such as ferries and cruise liners, often in the service roles that are also available on land. It is only the remaining...

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