Piracy has been a huge problem in that area for years, but for some reason it has now caught the attention of the press. There has been a recent increase with local war lords seeing piracy as a chance of easy money though, but it's no where near as uncommon as people think.
The shipping companies see this as a professional hazard and even have specific insurance to cover for losses (although I guess this latest one may just pay up out of their own pocket).
As far as 'doing something about it' the ocean is a huge place and is almost impossible to police, the pirates strike from bases on the coast and the ships are overrun (they usually have a crew of only around ten or so) before the authorities even know whats going on and the ship owners are usually happy to pay up.
Just one of the perks of a life at sea, and I really don't think we can pin this one on Gordon! (even if we might like to).
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