Buoyed by a flurry of hijackings over the final months of 2010, it is hard to argue that the Somali pirates did not enjoy a great year. 2010 saw a total of 74 documented hijackings, up from 68 in 2009, and there are a record 771 known hostages currently being held by the pirates.
The following table was compiled using data from ECOTERRA, a Nairobi-based NGO:
|Number of Attacks||Hijackings||Success Rate|
Though the creation of the Gulf of Aden transit corridor in late 2008 produced a moderate drop in the success rate of pirate attacks, absolute numbers of hijackings continue to rise. Despite increasingly intensive international naval pressure in 2010, including a reformulated strategy by the EUNAVFOR task force, the pirates extended their attack range in every direction. The numbers say it all: the current, navally-focused approach to combatting piracy is simply not working.