A Potential Solution to Somali Piracy

I cannot believe that the piracy off the Somali coast has continued to flourish. I saw a news report today that some officials in Kenya estimate that the pirates have taken in about $150,000,000 in ransom this year.

Why don't the ships form up and travel in convoys past the Somali coast? We did it in WWII across the Atlantic, with the peril of Nazi submarines as opposed to guys in inflatable boats. It seems to me that a convoy, protected by a single warship, would be a potential solution. The warships are in the region anyway, attempting to patrol a vast stretch, ineffectively. Surely some of the cost could be borne by the ship owners, insurance companies or the cargo owners. Let's get organized and shut this menace down!


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