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Today's Pirates Operate Pretty Much as Always - and Aren't About to Go Away, Prof Says

High-seas piracy has not changed much in the last 3,000 years and you can bet a keg of rum, a colorful parrot and some buried treasure that pirates will continue to be successful in the 21st Century and beyond, says a Texas A&M University at Galveston professor who has taught a course about pirates covering all time periods and locations in the world.

Tom Oertling, who teaches in the Maritime Studies Program in the General Academics Department at the Galveston campus, says pirates have been around about as long as there have been ships. Modern-day pirates are regarded as folk heroes in many countries and in today's worldwide economic hard times, they almost represent a growth industry.

The number of pirate attacks has dramatically increased in recent years. Figures from the International Chamber of Commerce show there have been more than 1,500 pirate attacks since 2008, with almost 450 occurring in 2010. There have been about 160 so far this year, the study shows.

"Records show that pirate attacks have occurred for thousands of years, and their methods have not changed much at all," he notes.

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Keywords: supply chain risk management, pirate attacks on ocean shipping

Tom Oertling, who teaches in the Maritime Studies Program in the General Academics Department at the Galveston campus, says pirates have been around about as long as there have been ships. Modern-day pirates are regarded as folk heroes in many countries and in today's worldwide economic hard times, they almost represent a growth industry.

The number of pirate attacks has dramatically increased in recent years. Figures from the International Chamber of Commerce show there have been more than 1,500 pirate attacks since 2008, with almost 450 occurring in 2010. There have been about 160 so far this year, the study shows.

"Records show that pirate attacks have occurred for thousands of years, and their methods have not changed much at all," he notes.

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Keywords: supply chain risk management, pirate attacks on ocean shipping