Will COVID-19 Impact bring back piracy to East Africa: ARX Mouldings’ Report

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ARX Mouldings has been working with Glasgow University and International Masters in Security, Intelligence & Strategic Studies Students and has finished the report “Will the pressure of COVID-10 bring a return of piracy to East Africa?

On May 17, 2020 a tanker vessel was attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden and fire was exchanged on both sides. The ship had been approached by two skiffs, and after the armed guards fired warning shots the skiffs returned the fire.

The armed guards were able to damage one of the skiffs, at which point the attack ceased. Though no crew were injured, this violent event has challenged industry assumptions in the past five years about the peacefulness of the Gulf of Aden and the waters around East Africa.

Is piracy in this region on the rise again?

ARX Mouldings vice president, Joshua Hutchinson said, “This paper will describe the changes that have already taken place in the shipping industry for vessels traveling through and docking in East African waters and the Gulf of Aden, during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide some foresight into future impacts and changes companies can take in order to improve the security and wellbeing of their crew and vessels.”

“This assessment focuses on changes in the security situation since the pandemic, and does not address all of the background risks identified in the region prior to the pandemic,” Hutchison added.

This report covers:

  1. Analysis of counties around East Africa
  2. Mental Health of Crew
  3. Vessel and Crew Inspections
  4. Arms Trade and Violence
  5. Conclusion

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Baibhav Mishra
Author: Baibhav Mishra