SOMALIA is a country located in the Horn of Africa. For the third consecutive year, Forbes ranked Somalia as the most dangerous destination in the world, with Afghanistan trailing behind. The Somali civil war and continued fighting (mostly with Ethiopia) for the last 20 years has wreaked the country into a sorry state where millions of Somalis are receiving food aid.
Superyachts are strongly advised to avoid passing between the island of Socotra and the African mainland and stay well clear of the coast where piracy near the Horn of Africa and on the northern Somali coast in the Gulf of Aden have been widely and regularly reported.
The best approach is to register with the Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa), sail in convoy with other ships and try to be in permanent contact with someone ashore who knows one’s position at all times and could alert the authorities in an emergency.