Video shows that the stage is being set for piracy’s return off the coast of Somalia. At least 9 merchant vessels, five dhows, and one fishing vessel reported being approached or attacked by Somali pirates. The five dhows were all successfully hijacked by pirates.
May these incidents serve as an indication that Somali pirates retain the capability and intent to return to piracy but it is not clear what that might look like. Though it is unknown if a return of Somali piracy would resemble the same pattern as in years past, Somali pirates remain a serious threat to the well-being of seafarers.