Desperate People do Desperate Things with Josh Hutchinson

Josh is Co-founder of ARX Maritime. Josh is passionate about technology and driving innovation. But in this interview we follow the money to uncover the real reason for piracy in the shipping industry.

A newly formed industry that is extremely dangerous and becoming full war zones in some parts of the world. It is not just costing the shipping industry money it is also killing very experienced staff and affecting the lives of the people working in the shipping industry.

Somalia on the west coast of Africa is one of the most dangerous areas for shipping and Piracy is so lucrative now that it is extremely difficult to fight against it, because the money made from piracy is being used to boost certain areas in Somalia. An article published in 2012 shows that piracy has led to widespread economic development in some parts of Somalia.

In 2017 Oceans Beyond Piracy shared their findings of the industry in this report. OBP recorded a total of 54 incidents in the Western Indian Ocean Region, an increase of 100 percent from 2016. Accordingly, 2017 saw an increase in the number of seafarers affected by incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea, from 545 in 2016 to 1,102 in 2017.

For the first time in two years, OBP recorded incidents of hijacking and kidnapping at sea in the region. Suspicious activity continued to be the highest represented incident in the region in 2017. There was a significant increase from 13 recorded incidents in 2016, to 32 in 2017.

The short surge in hijacking attacks in the first quarter of 2017 has been attributed to several factors. These include the continued intent of pirate action groups to launch attacks and the opportunity to do so, due to lessened adherence to ship self-protection measures, including Best Management Practices (BMP). Independent deployers represented the primary naval presence in the region, but both coalition forces and independent deployers decreased days of operation, or days on station in the region, in 2017.

As in previous years, the capability and intent of pirate networks has not decreased, as was witnessed with the increased number of hijackings, including of the Aris 13, the Asayr 2, the and Al Kausar.

This interview is to provide information about what really happens in the shipping industry while most of us sleep safely in our beds and how these activities impact our lives. We also explore what drives fisherman to become dangerous pirates? It is easy to judge these people, but what happens in people’s lives to take up such dangerous jobs?


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