June, 2013 – Crime at sea: The world’s most pirate-infested waters

Where are the most pirate-infested waters in the world? CNBC gives the rundown. Like the Caribbean of old, the waters near Somalia used to be the most heavily pirated in the world. Now there’s a new king of the pirates that’s quickly become a headache for governments, shipping companies, cruise lines, energy firms, global conglomerates and-perhaps most immediately-for sailors trying to ply trade. When CNBC first examined the world’s most dangerous waters in 2008, Somalian pirates operating in the Gulf of Aden and coastal Somalia easily dominated as the globe’s most prolific, according to data compiled by the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre. Somalia and the Gulf of Aden still have treacherous waters, but no longer the worst: Over the last five quarters, examined here, a new country’s national waters have become the most heavily pirated on earth.