Members of a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team from the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and U.S. Coast Tactical Law Enforcement Team South Detachment 409 capture suspected pirates (U.S Navy)
The US House of Representatives has passed the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act, which covers the safety and efficiency of maritime transport.
The bill, also called the Coast Guard Reauthorisation Bill, includes a section called the Piracy Suppression Act, which aims to protect cargo vessels against pirates, especially in the coastal area near Somalia.
Coast Guard Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo said: “Somali pirates have vastly expanded the range of their attacks on merchant vessels.
“But, even more alarmingly, the pirates have dramatically increased the number and viciousness of their attacks in recent months.”
The bill strengthens existing action against piracy, as well as improving training programmes to instruct seafarers on the acceptable use of force against pirates.