Alanna Shaikh

About Alanna Shaikh

Alanna Shaikh is a global health specialist with a decade of experience in the Middle East and Central Asia. She blogs on global health for, and on international development at Blood and Milk. She has worked for NGOs, companies, the US government, and the UN. She’s currently resident in Tajikistan, working for a health sector reform project.

Modern Piracy – No One Say Arrr

Photo of  Ships: James Willamor

Photo Credit: James Willamor

I was all set to write a doom and gloom report on ocean freight for my first Global Dashboard post.  After all, fuel is getting more expensive, and piracy is getting worse. This can’t bode well for the industry that transports at least 90% of the world’s stuff.

But then I actually started reading the 2008 International Maritime Bureau report on piracy. The report contains the definitive compilation of raw piracy data. It contains annual statistics on all reported incidents of piracy, as well as brief narrative descriptions of each attack. (The report is not available online; you have to email and ask for it. Another excellent source of piracy information is the Maritime Security Center.)

It turns out piracy is not actually getting worse. Continue reading