Phát âm chuẩn cùng VOA – Anh ngữ đặc biệt: Sea Pirates Attacking in Southeast Asia (VOA)

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Piracy at sea is the act of attacking shipping to steal goods or take payment for the release of hostages. Pirates off the coast of Somalia made news a few years ago. But now the most dangerous waters for pirate attacks are those of Southeast Asia. The International Maritime Bureau sets guidelines for safety, security and the environment for the international shipping industry. It released a report on piracy recently. The IMB says more than half of all pirate attacks since the beginning this year have been in Southeast Asia. Pottengal Mukundan is the director of the IMB. He told VOA that armed pirates attack small oil ships in the area about every two weeks. The IMB director said small tanker ships moving slowly along Southeast Asian coasts are in danger because they sit low in the water. He said the hijackers approach ships in very fast boats. They take over the ship and then steal part of the cargo which they can quickly sell locally. Almost 40 percent of pirate attacks this year have been off the coast of Indonesia. But armed robbery attacks are increasing around Vietnam. In the last three months, Vietnamese officials have reported eight incidents. None have been reported this year near Somalia however. Officials say pirates are not attacking Somalia because it now has a functioning government, a multi-national naval patrol and anti-piracy measures.

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