Maritime Piracy Maps
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2006 by CCAer | E-mail this post
Piracy has long held the imagination of many and tall tales of danger, adventure and treasure fill numerous book shelves
. Robert Louis Stevenson, of course, has much to answer for. His own story, Treasure Island
, comes with its own map of the island
, a map that has inspired many a young reader to further investigate the world of maps.
But piracy today is much less exotic (and so are its maps) and still very much a threat to commercial shipping
. Few maps exist showing the location of piracy attacks, even though locational data for such events exists. The International Chamber of Commerce
’s International Maritime Bureau
issues a weekly piracy report
that provides the location of suspicious incidents and reported attacks. The Bureau has also produced a number of maps showing the location of incidents over the past five years (scroll to the bottom of the page
) but the quality of the maps leave much to be desired. A similar set of maps, just more colourful, exist elesewhere on the site
. An interesting and relevant topic such as this deserves better cartographic treatment. Even a standard Google Map mashup would be an improvement.