Update of Efforts to Combat Piracy: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, April 10, 2013   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is from the April 10, 2013 hearing, "Update of Efforts to Combat Piracy," before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. From the opening statement of Duncan Hunter: "The Subcommittee is meeting this morning to review efforts by the United States and the international community to respond to piracy on the high seas and prevent future attacks. Since the Subcommittee's last hearing on this topic, there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of attacks off the Horn of Africa. I commend industry, labor, the federal government, and the international community for working together and taking strong actions to improve the safety and security of the crews, vessels, and cargoes transiting those strategically important waters. Unfortunately, although the situation has improved on the East Coast of Africa, it has deteriorated on the West Coast. Attacks on vessels and mariners in the Gulf of Guinea have risen nearly 20 percent from 2011 to 2012. Pirates are venturing further from shore and using more violent tactics. In just the last few weeks, pirates operating out of Nigeria hijacked more than five vessels, taking more than 20 mariners hostage, and killing one crewmember. The United States is not immune from the violence. Since 2008, pirates have attacked or attempted to attack 20 U.S.-flagged vessels. Pirates took three Americans hostage, including two working on a U.S.-flagged offshore supply vessel in the Gulf of Guinea. In 2011, pirates ruthlessly murdered a retired couple from Southern California and their two friends from Washington State as they sailed through the Indian Ocean." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Duncan Hunter, Joseph A. Servidio, Joseph Kuzmick, David Matsuda, Thomas Kelly, and Neil Smith.

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Serial No. 113-7; Serial Number 113-7
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