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General Problematic Issues On Exercise Of Jurisdiction Over Modern Instances Of Piracy

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Somali pirates use simple tactics and basic equipment to threaten crews, board vessels and force compliance: typically small, fast, open decked boats, deploy ladders to allow individuals to scale ships' sides, seizing control through the threat or use of force with firearms in a poor, but functional, condition. The profile of vessels that the pirates routinely attack is so uniform that the Maritime Security Centre-Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) has been able to establish a set of criteria to identify what constitutes a vulnerable ship: large ships with slow speed, poor manoeuverability, and a low freeboard are the key features. Most States and international bodies recognise that lasting solutions to the piracy problem require significant improvements in governance, rule of law, security, and economic development in Somalia. This chapter has sought to highlight that measures to address piracy at sea operate at both a State and private level.

Keywords:MSCHOA; Somali pirates

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