Thursday, September 6, 2012

Somali Pirate Years

Ok, here's an annual look at that archive of piracy data, still focused around likely Somali piracy around the Gulf of Aden.  The seasonal maps showed a surprising amount of within-year variation in the areas sharked by piracy.  But an annual look paints a much sharper picture of overall trending in numbers and territory.

Check out 2008, breakout year of the Somali Pirate...

In 2008 pirates worked the northern shipping lane en masse -pretty much out of nowhere, it appears. But check out the following year when they shifted their focus to the lane just south.  2010-on shows a general expansion up into the Red Sea (2012's data runs through August 28)...

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