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Will calmer seas see pirates head back to sea?

Dubai: Heavy monsoon weather over the past quarter helped ensure there were no piracy attacks at all in the Gulf of Aden.

However, the UK’s Dryad Maritime warns this might change. In a report yesterday, the risk specialist stated: “With calm seas and light winds across the Arabian Sea and Somali Basin during the next two months, conditions will be well within operating limits for pirate skiffs.”

However, Dryad added that a lack of funding, equipment and manpower will likely limit the number of pirate action groups (PAGs) putting to sea.

The international naval coalition continues to make pirate attacks less likely too.  

Dryad maintains that vessels should transit through the Somali Basin at a minimum of 300 NM from shore.  [09/10/14]

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