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Pirates – Ocean Highway Robbers

A 3-part documentary series about the buccaneers of the 21st century.

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Pirates in a speed boat off the Somali coast.

This three-part documentary series deals with the buccaneers of the 21st century. What are their motives? What lies in store for the captive ships‘ crews when they attack? Are military operations the best way to combat modern piracy?

02.02.2011 DW-TV Feature Containerfrachtschiff1_H

The German container ship “Hansa Stavanger“.

The pirates of today don’t go after treasure-laden galleons – they target gigantic freighters or even oil tankers. In place of the saber and grappling hook, their weapons are automatic rifles and rocket launchers. What are the driving forces behind the pirate raids off the Somali coast or in the Southeast Asian Malacca Strait?

This three-part documentary looks into this question. The reporters speak to former pirates and ordinary people in war-torn, impoverished Somalia, where rival clans often use the ransom money to buy arms and ammunition.

02.02.2011 DW-TV Feature Bundeswehrsoldaten_H

German navy corpsmen on patrol in the Gulf of Aden.

On board a German navy frigate, we experience the fight against piracy from the perspective of a German sailor and find out how difficult and frustrating it can be.

02.02.2011 DW-TV Feature Der Kapitaen_H

The captain of the “Hansa Stavanger“ spent four months in the hands of Somali Pirates.

And we meet crew members and skippers who have survived pirate raids, among them the former captain of the German container ship “Hansa Stavanger“ Krzysztof Kotiuk. In the spring of 2009, pirates off Somalia hijacked the vessel and held its crew members captive for four months. The well-seasoned captain is still recovering from the trauma of this experience.


Broadcasting Hours:

Part 1 :

DW-TV EUROPE/AFRICA

SAT 12.02.2011 - 18:30 UTC

SUN 13.02.2011 - 06:30 UTC

MON 14.02.2011 - 12:30 UTC

Berlin UTC +1 | Cape Town UTC +2 | Moscow UTC +3


DW-TV NORTH AMERICA

SAT 12.02.2011 - 20:30 UTC

SUN 13.02.2011 - 12:30 UTC

MON 14.02.2011 - 00:30 UTC

San Francisco UTC -8 | Edmonton UTC -7 | New York UTC -5



DW-TV LATIN AMERICA


SAT 12.02.2011 - 20:30 UTC

SUN 13.02.2011 - 04:30 UTC

Caracas UTC -4,5 | La Paz UTC -4 | Buenos Aires UTC -3


DW-TV ARABIA

SAT 12.02.2011 - 20:30 UTC

SUN 13.02.2011 - 12:30 UTC

MON 14.02.2011 - 04:30 UTC

Algiers UTC +1 | Cairo UTC + 2 | Dubai UTC +4


DW-TV ASIA

SAT 12.02.2011 - 18:30 UTC

SUN 13.02.2011 - 06:30 UTC

Delhi UTC +5,5 | Jakarta UTC +7 | Hong Kong UTC +8


DW-TV ASIA+

SAT 12.02.2011 - 19:00 UTC

SUN 13.02.2011 - 13:00 UTC

SUN 13.02.2011 - 17:00 UTC

SUN 13.02.2011 - 20:30 UTC

MON 14.02.2011 - 06:30 UTC

MON 14.02.2011 - 14:30 UTC

MON 14.02.2011 - 21:30 UTC

Delhi UTC +5,5 | Jakarta UTC +7 | Hong Kong UTC +8