Piracy is the practice of attacking and robbing ships at sea and the origins of this practice can be traced back as early as the 14th century in the Aegean and Mediterranean by cutlass wielding Ancient Greeks and Romans during the period known as the Classical Antiquity when the Greek and Roman society was flourishing.
So how is the modern day pirate different? The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) defines piracy as: “The act of boarding any vessel with an intent to commit theft or any other crime and with an intent or capacity to use force in furtherance of that act”.
Having fallen victim to a pirate attack up the Amazon River and since voyaging through the notorious Red Sea and Indian Ocean nearly ten times in yachts, I write this article with some trepidation, especially knowing that piracy is not only limited to the Indian Ocean. Today modern maritime piracy is a global issue that has not only has affected the East and West coast of Africa, but also Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Venezuela.