Monday, June 28, 2004

Pirates Stalking the Malacca Strait

The Economist reports about the seaborne threat of pirates and potentially terrorists at the critical shipping choke point of the Malacca strait:

A QUARTER of the world’s entire maritime trade, including about half of all seaborne oil shipments, passes through the Malacca strait in South-East Asia, which at one point narrows to as little as one and a half nautical miles. The strait and the seas around it are infested with well-organised, armed and ruthless pirates who hijack ships and kill or maroon their crews before repainting the vessels at sea and sailing into port under a new, “phantom” identity.

Perils on the sea [Economist]

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