Actually I read an article recently that indicated that commercial piracy
was way down this year - primarily attributed to the increased use of armed security
on commercial shipping
. The article indicated that no ship had been taken by pirates who had armed security
professionals on board. To get around the government
assistance to piracy
in the form of restricting such ships from carrying armed security, there are now a number of off-shore 'floating arsenals' which provide arms and ammunition as the ship enters international waters and can collect such munitions before they enter government
restricted waters - infrastructure which took a while to put into place. The increased naval presence has probably not hurt either although these forces are primarily reactive in an attempted piracy situation. Another mechanism that is reducing piracy from small open boats is any number of increased measures such as awareness, fencing/barbed wire, and deployed fire hoses.