Current TV Explores Modern Day Pirates in the Strait of Malacca

by OldSailor on November 12, 2008



Here is an interesting video clip from Current TV, on modern day pirates in the Strait of Malacca.

In the video clip, Kaj Larsen

  • interviews Capt Pottengal Mukundan, director of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) who keeps track of sea borne piracy worldwide.
  • visits the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and gives details of their working.
  • visits Batam to talk to pirate trackers, meets sailors who have been attacked by pirates and further takes the risk to visit dangerous Blakam Padam islands to meet the pirates in their infamous dens.
  • finds out that poverty is the reason for piracy in Strait of Malacca.

Kaj Larsen further concludes by saying ” Piracy can not be stopped ” in the Strait of Malacca.

Here is the 25 minutes video clip from Current TV.

Posts in MarineBuzz on this day a year before:

Black Sea Catastrophe on Black Sunday

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Update: November 13

Pirates robbed crew members of a Singapore-registered barge and an Indonesian-registered tugboat of cash and personal belongings. This is the fourth time since early September that the robbers, all believed to be from the same gang, have struck near and around the Batu Berhenti beacon along the Strait of Singapore under cover of night. Read more from The Straits Times.

Update: November 30

Pirate attacks in the Malacca Straits could rise as the global economic meltdown unfolds, Indonesia has warned. Read more from Hellenic Shipping News.

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