Contemporary Piracy and Maritime Terrorism by Martin N. Murphy

By Martin N. Murphy

Do piracy and maritime terrorism, separately or jointly, current a probability to foreign protection, and what dating if any exists among them?

Piracy could be a marginal challenge in itself, however the connections among organised piracy and wider felony networks and corruption on land make it a component of a phenomenon that may have a weakening impression on states and a destabilising one at the areas within which it truly is discovered. in addition, it's also a side of a broader challenge of sickness at sea that, exacerbated by way of the expanding strain on littoral waters from starting to be numbers of individuals and firms looking to make the most maritime assets, encourages maritime illegal activity and offers insurgents and terrorists the liberty to function. during this context, maritime terrorism, although at present just a low-level probability, has the aptitude to unfold and turn into better within the occasion of political swap on land. it's only through addressing the problem of generalised maritime disease that the issues of piracy and maritime terrorism could be managed within the lengthy term.

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Piracy patterns in particular areas, even the capabilities of particular groups, are often known. What are usually less well understood are the connections that groups may have to wider networks of organised crime, politicians, officials and, sometimes, insurgents or terrorists, and how these are likely to influence the groups' activities and reach. Nonetheless, a general principle stands that as the capabilities of a gang increase or criminality in an area becomes more organised, so the threat presented to international interests is likely to become more substantial.

Seventeen sailors died and 39 were injured. Caught by surprise, one of the most advanced warships afloat, designed to protect carrier battle groups, was unable to defend itself against two men in a rubber dinghy packed with explosives. 4 Two years later the oil tanker MV Limburg was struck in a similar way by a small, fast-moving craft in another al-Qaeda attack. The deadliest maritime terrorist attack to date was mounted against a passenger vessel. In February 2004 the 10,000-tonne SuperFerry 14 suffered an explosion and subsequent fire as it left Manila harbour.

Within this limitation, however, there are a number of ways in which attacks may be launched. Small boats A rigid-hulled inflatable boat or a small recreational craft will usually be capable of delivering the equivalent of a car bomb, and small craft such Copyrighted Material Contemporary Piracy and Maritime Terrorism I 51 as these equipped with waterborne improvised explosive devices (IEDs) present the most serious contemporary maritime terrorist threat. With the exception of the Achille Lauro attack and the attacks mounted on Philippine inter-island ferries using planted bombs, every significant maritime terrorist strike so far has been carried out using small boats.

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