A series of attacks in 2015 may serve as an indication that the stage is being set for piracy’s return off the coast of Somalia.
At least 9 merchant vessels, five dhows, and one fishing vessel reported being approached or attacked by Somali pirates. The five dhows were all successfully hijacked by pirates.
While these incidents may serve as an indication that Somali pirates retain the capability and intent to return to piracy, it is not clear what that might look like. Though it is unknown if a return of Somali piracy would resemble the same pattern as in years past, Somali pirates remain a serious threat to the wellbeing of seafarers.