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Tackling maritime crime without going overboard

SSA says that it is important to distinguish between armed robbery and piracy, noting that only 14% of attacks on merchant vessels in Q1 are classified as piracy

IF a gang of cut-throats armed to the teeth climb on to your tanker, knock your crew about and pump the ship's cargo into a waiting vessel, you probably will not be wondering whether they are pirates or armed robbers.

There is, however, an important legal difference between the two. It is