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South African satellite tracks pirates

South Africa: A satellite navigation system installed by South Africa (SA) as a contingency measure for 2010 Soccer World Cup has become a leading tool to fight piracy, according to Karl Otto, executive head of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa).

Concern is growing about the risk of piracy in South African waters after Somali pirates started moving further away from their own shores. The government recently sent a navy vessel, the SAS Mendi, to Mozambique to assist with patrols. Piracy costs the global economy up to 30bn a year.

The standard of shipping in SA’s waters, the high levels of danger of some cargoes such as fuel and oils, and the threat of pollution also prompted the need for greater surveillance of vessels in the region.

Source: www.businessday.co.za