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In line with previous years, BIMCO continue to work with Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) in their effort to uncover the economic and human costs of piracy. With this year’s report, “The State of Maritime Piracy 2013” BIMCO has once again been asked to audit the methodologies and calculations used in the report.
As we are about to call it a day on 2013, we can now look back at a year that we are happy to say good-bye to, as it disappointed us. One year ago, 2013 was proclaimed to be a year with stronger growth than the one we had just left. Today, we are predicting the same thing in 2014, which is estimated to be just as good at 2013 was supposed to be.
US President Obama has issued an Executive Order with the heading “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in Somalia”, which could have an impact on the possibility for paying ransom under some circumstances. The situation is not clear and perhaps some ship owners will consider how to address this situation before transiting the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin. On that background, we hereby include an updated version of our calculations regarding the cost part of the decision to go round the Cape of the Good Hope.
The ending of the monsoon has focused increased attention on the piracy issue and thus also the costs of piracy.