Dec 05, 2009 -Speaking at a congressional hearing on transportation security challenges,Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano laid out the many impediments to achieving 100 percent screening of maritime cargo.
Nov 19, 2009 -An attempted pirate attack on the U.S. flagged ship Maersk Alabama in the Indian Ocean was thwarted by security forces aboard the vessel, according to the New York Times. It's the same ship that was seized in April, with the captain held captive until rescued by Navy snipers.
Sep 22, 2009 -Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama spoke with Security Management about his recent experience as a hostage after pirates hijacked his ship.(Coverage from the ASIS International 55th Annual Seminar and Exhibits)
Sep 17, 2009 -A host of nations, international organizations, and the maritime shipping industry reaffirmed their commitment to combat piracy off the Horn of Africa at a recent United Nations meeting, including a trust fund to help prosecute pirates.
May 20, 2009 -Shipping executive Philip J. Shapiro of Liberty Maritime Corp. testified before Congress this morning, calling on the federal government to post U.S. security personnel on ships traveling through pirate-infested waters.
May 12, 2009 -The breadth of Somalia's piracy criminal network is shockingly big, as at least one group of pirates has sent informers to London to provide intelligence and reconaissance on intended targets, reports the Guardian.
May 06, 2009 -During two separate congressional hearings yesterday on piracy off the coast of Somalia, a U.S. defense official and a shipping executive told lawmakers that ships should provide their own security.