Why Shipping Continues Despite Pirate Attacks in the Malacca Strait

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The Strait of Malacca, which runs between the coasts of Indonesia and Malaysia, is one of the busiest shipping routes in the world—with tens of thousands of vessels passing through the Strait every year. The route is used to transport manufactured goods, oil, coffee, and more, and it’s a crucial route for getting cargo between Asia and the Middle East. However, the Strait of Malacca isn’t just a busy area for shipping vessels—it’s also a busy area for violent modern-day pirates.  

You may wonder why shipping continues despite the high risk of pirate activity in the area, but the answer is more complicated than it may seem at first glance. Viable alternative routes are limited, and there is the possibility that pirates will simply adjust to new areas of operation if sea routes change. Alternative land and sea routes, when they do exist, are also expensive for shipping companies—and the desire to save money is often deemed more important than protecting the crews who are sent into these dangerous waters.

When it comes right down to it, the financial risks of piracy for companies and owners are comparatively low. Out of the thousands of ships that pass through the area, only a fraction are attacked—and those attacks often target crew members, crew possessions, and a portion of cargo. From a purely bottom-line perspective, this poses little problem for large, international companies, but it’s a big problem—maybe even life threatening—for the crews who are affected.

If you have been the victim of a pirate attack while traveling through the Strait of Malacca, you should realize that you may have the right to recover damages from your employer for what you went through. For immediate answers to your questions and a free case review, reach out to our friendly team today at 877-724-7800.

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