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Anti Piracy solution for risky waters: every ship should have an armed security team aboard, says U.S. State Dept.

The Americas Post.- Alleged Pirates detained in Gulf of Aden by U.S. Marines of USS Anzio.(Combined Maritime Forces photo/Released)

Specially in Somalia´s waters, pirates are increasingly turning to kidnapping and hostage-taking to generate funding to purchase weapons and continue operations.

As a comment to a recent statement of the United Nations, the Assistant Secretary Andrew Shapiro at the State Department Bureau of Political-Military Affairs said that there has been a decline of piracy attacks during 2011because of security steps taken by commercial vessels traveling in high-risk areas.

While speaking during a Defense Conference earlier this month, Shapiro said the U.S. had recently helped Somalia establish a national policy encouraging countries to allow their commercial ships sailing in high-risk waters to carry armed security personnel on board.

“The reason for this is simple: to date no ship with an armed security team aboard has been successfully pirated,” he said. “We have recently demarched countries to permit the use of privately contracted armed security personnel on commercial vessels.”

Shapiro said the State Department is working with countries to make it easier for privately contracted security personnel to transit foreign ports with weapons intended for the self-defense of ships, like f.e. in the Suez Canal. READ MORE HERE