Captain Jeffrey E. Kline, USN (Ret.) Senior Lecturer, Naval Postgraduate School is our Propeller Club / Pacific Merchant Marine Council speaker for our May 24Message 1 of 1 , Apr 15, 2011View SourceCaptain Jeffrey E. Kline, USN (Ret.) Senior Lecturer, Naval Postgraduate School is our Propeller Club / Pacific Merchant Marine Council speaker for our May 24 luncheon at Scott's Restaurant, Jack London Square. Captain Kline is the Director for Maritime Defense and Security Research Programs - National Security Institute. He oversees over fifteen different research initiatives ranging from international maritime security operations to maritime domain awareness. He writes his topic is:
Piracy and the Maritime Commons Despite the international response in supplying war ships to patrol the Gulf of Aden and eastern Somali approaches, pirate attacks have increased in the region. Yet piracy is not limited to just this region or time. Ungoverned spaces in the maritime commons invite threats to free use of the seas in Nigeria, Southeast Asia, and the Indian Ocean. In this discussion Jeff Kline will provide the current state of piracy, discuss conditions where piracy and other maritime threats flourish, and offer a framework to build a foundation for better international maritime security.
Save the date; anticipate a good size attendance.May and June are two of our council's busiest months. To refresh your memory visit the posts at our blog-like website, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PMMC-NLUS.Not previously announced is the Marine Exchange of the San Francisco Bay Region annual "May Day" Party from 1630 to 2130 Thursday, 12 May. More later on this as well as the San Francisco National Maritime Park Association membership socials yet to be calendared.Heave Ho,Phelps_______________________________________________
Piracy at record high
The sharp rise was driven by a surge in piracy off the coast of Somalia, where 97 attacks were recorded in the first quarter, up from 35 in the same period of 2010.
Worldwide in the first quarter of 2011, 18 vessels were hijacked, 344 crewmembers were taken hostage, and six were kidnapped, IMB reported. A further 45 vessels were boarded, and 45 more reported being fired upon.
"Figures for piracy and armed robbery at sea in the past three months are higher than we've ever recorded in the first quarter of any past year," said Pottengal Mukundan, director of IMB, whose Piracy Reporting Center has monitored piracy worldwide since 1991.
In the first three months of 2011, pirates murdered seven crewmembers and injured 34. Just two injuries were reported in the first quarter of 2006.
"We're seeing a dramatic increase in the violence and techniques used by pirates in the seas off Somalia," Mukundan said.
"The overwhelming number of vessels hijacked off Somalia took place east and northeast of the Gulf of Aden," he said. "The positions of some of the attackers' mother ships are known. It is vital that strong action is taken against these mother ships to prevent further hijackings."
Large tankers carrying oil and other flammable chemicals are particularly vulnerable to firearm attack. Mukundan said: "Three big tankers of over 100,000 tons deadweight have been hijacked off the Horn of Africa this year. Of a total of 97 vessels attacked in the region, 37 were tankers and of these, 20 had a deadweight of more than 100,000 tons."