Pirates are part of the terrorist network

While many of the major Western nations are presently united in a military effort to wipe out terrorism in the Middle East and East Africa, there’s been an ongoing “lack of will” to enforce the same vigilance when it comes to ocean piracy.

By ·

While many of the major Western nations are presently united in a military effort to wipe out terrorism in the Middle East and East Africa, there’s been an ongoing “lack of will” to enforce the same vigilance when it comes to ocean piracy.

According to Michele White, General Counsel, INTERTANKO (International Association of Independent Tanker Owners), this “lack of political will” is exactly the reason that 80 percent of pirates caught are released.

“They will attack again instead of staying under arrest awaiting trial and punishment,” he says.

Now the Asian Shippers’ Council is demanding that heightened action be taken on a worldwide scale against this scourge.


In last week’s proposal to the International Chamber of Commerce, the Council insisted that nations come together to conduct preemptive strikes against pirate staging areas in Somalia. At the same time the Council suggests that there be an international effort to “follow the money,” thereby cutting off the pirate’s lucrative trade with more widely recognized members of the terrorist network.

We agree with General Counsel, White, that any State may prosecute pirates captured by their warships:

“The often rehearsed excuse that international law requires pirates to be caught in the act of an attack as a condition for prosecution has no basis in international law.”

For related stories click here.


About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Latest Whitepaper
Making the Case for an Integrated Fleet Management Solution
Fleet management technology can drive positive supply chain and business results. Explore this special edition of Making the Case where we lay out the benefits of integrated fleet management technology in your organization.
Download Today!
From the October 2017 Logistics Management Magazine Issue
A leading distributor of professional salon products in the U.S. forms unique partnerships with its key LTLs to lower transport costs, reduce its carbon footprint and improve service to its 565 store locations.
Q4 2017 Rail/Intermodal Roundtable: Improvements apparent; work remains
LM Viewpoint: Collaboration, Now more than ever
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
The State of the Rail/Intermodal Markets
In this webinar our panel will discuss the new service challenges facing rail/intermodal providers and offer practical advice for how shippers can keep efficiency high and costs down.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
SalonCentric: One Beautiful Network
A leading distributor of professional salon products in the U.S. forms unique partnerships with its...
2017 Alliance Awards: Recognizing outstanding supply chain partnerships
In an era where effective supply chain collaboration is both highly valued and elusive, Logistics...

26th Annual Study of Logistics and Transportation Trends: Transportation at Digital Speed
While a majority of companies strongly agree that transportation is a strategically important...
34th Annual Quest for Quality Awards: Winners Revealed
Which carriers, third-party logistics providers, and North American ports have crossed the service...