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Pirate attacks: a map speaks louder than words

Several maps produced by international anti-piracy forces and available publicly as well as by a German colleague allow us to situate the pirate threat, day by day. All these maps are updated regularly…

The European anti-piracy headquarters Eunavfor has decided to publish, for several days, a map of the different captures of ships by pirates. It makes it possible to locate the various attacks which resulted in the capture of the ship and/or the crew by the pirates. The number corresponds to the ship captured (in order of capture). For download the list of ships captured by pirates

credit: Eunavfor

The maritime HQ of theOperation Ocean Shield of NATO (located in a neighboring building in Northwood) has also published a map which is of additional interest: located with color codes locating the intensity of the risk (red, yellow, green).

The map, the most complete and regularly updated, is produced by a German colleague, Thomas Wiegold, who also has a blog Augergeradeaus which provides a keen insight in particular on the German army, operations in Afghanistan and against pirates. Using interactive online software (OpenStreetMap), it makes it possible to distinguish successful attacks from attempts as well as mothership alerts. You can also zoom in on certain particular regions. I can only advise you to refer to it regularly. His site

Places where the mother ships are located (© Thomas Wiegold)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

One thought on “Pirate attacks: a map speaks louder than words"

  • Thank you….

    Excuse me for continuing in English, my French is too poor:

    The interactive piracy map is a crowdmapping project. So help in reporting incidents is welcome – especially with merging the different information… (At the moment, each report has to be approved by the admin, which means by me.)

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