Attacks against freight shipping such as container vessels and tankers are substantially down off the coast of Somalia according to NATO's maritime command. However, the forces that contribute in the war against pirates plaguing the waters of the Indian Ocean have warned against complacency by the owners and operators of shipping companies. The statistics from the European Union
show that in 2012 there have been only 34 attacks with just 5 being successful. This is remarkably lower than in 2009 when there were 163 attempts and 2010 with 174 attempts, with a quarter being successful.
However, the threat is very real and currently there are five vessels currently held by pirates in Somalia
with a 136 hostages detained. The war on piracy has meant that NATO forces will disable pirate's vessels at sea as well as seizing and destroying their weapons. More recently forces will now strike the pirates on land, disrupting organized gangs and vessels before they can threaten shipping.
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