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Questions to Engage Deep Thought Are todays pirates participating in piracy for the same reasons as the classic pirates of the past? Do these pirates have a just reason for being pirates? How is todays image of pirates impacted by the media image of pirates?
Pirates Today Today differ greatly from the pirates of the past. Today they have speed boats instead of sailing ships and advanced weaponry instead of swords. The image of these pirates is often misconstrued because of the media view of pirates.
Piracy Most of the modern pirates patrol the seas off the coast of Africa near Somalia instead of Caribbean. The piracy became more intense in the early years of the 21 st century when disgruntled Somali fishermen were angered about the increase of commercial fishing in their waters.
Motives of Piracy The main motive of the Somali pirates is money. In the past three year the pirates have made an estimated $30 Million from conquering approximately 14 different ships. The pirates hold long deliberations in order to get what they want and as they talk the ships and crew remain under the pirates control.
Pirate Bounty Pirates have three ways to gain revenue from each conquered ships. The pirates get ransom from the crew. They sell the cargo for money. The pirates can repaint the ship then sell the ship for money.
Types of Ships Conquered These are the ships that they pirates have conquered and own. 5 Bulk Carriers 5 Chemical Carriers 2 Cargo Ships 1 Tugboat 1 Oil Tanker The actual oil tanker conquered
Pirate Purchases The pirates use their conquered money for advancements in their boats. They have bought items like: GPS Advanced Weaponry Communication Systems Faster Motors The new gear differs greatly from the sword wielding swashbucklers of the past
Perspectives There are different perspectives on the Somali pirates these perspectives include: The pirates perspective is that their lively hood as former fishermen was being threatened because of the rise in foreign commercial fishing in their waters. The outside perspective is that the pirates are menaces and are causing chaos in the sea.
Effects on Globalization The amount of money that pirates make effect globalization. The pirates intake a vast amount of money from many different countries. Piracy in one area could hinder trade in that region. The trading ships would fear the pirates much like old trading vessels feared pirates in the Caribbean. Countries would not like to trade there because of the pirates might take over their ships then the country would lose money. Some countries may form anti-pirate alliances to combat the pirates. Just like the US and France have an alliance against the pirates.
Solving the Pirate Problem The United States Navy has ships patrolling the oceans surrounding Somalia searching for the elusive Somali pirates. The pirates are very difficult to locate because of the vast expanse of oceans that they roam.
Success? The US Navy has had some success in capturing the pirates. Many of the captured pirates reside in jail over in Somalia Although the Navy has captured some of the pirates many more continue to roam the Somali oceans.
Famous Pirates On April 8, 2009 four of the pirates boarded the cargo vessel Maersk Alabama and took Captain Richard Phillips and the crew of the ship hostage. Captain Phillips allowed the crew and ship to be set free and he remained in the custody of the buccaneers aboard on of the ships covered lifeboats.
Famous Pirates (contd) When the lifeboat ran out of fuel it was towed by the USS Bainbridge with the pirates and captain still aboard. Navy Seals were set up on the stern of the Bainbridge with snipers pointed directly at the pirates. While one pirate was on board the Bainbridge three Navy seals fired shots and killed the three remaining pirates on the lifeboat and rescued the captain.