Pirate attacks have this year increased to a frequency of about one a day. Ransoms, although each individual one is paid in a desperate situation and on a perfectly reasonable footing, do nothing to deter the industry of piracy. The recent Security Council Resolution 1918 (2010) adds to the international legal measures on piracy and foreshadows interesting new developments in the Somali piracy saga.
The International Maritime Organization is the forum for developing and adopting conventions on maritime and shipping. Two recent developments ought not to pass under the radar, namely the entry into force of the SUA Convention and SUA Protocol 2005, and the adoption of a 2010 Protocol to the HNS Convention 1996.