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MV Izumi Released by Pirates

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

The MV Izumi, which was pirated on 10 October 2010, was released from pirate control on 25 February. The Panama-flagged vessel and her Filipino crew of 20 are believed to be making for a safe port. There is no information on the condition of the vessel or the crew.


MV Irene SL Released by Pirates

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

The Very Large Crude Carrier MV Irene SL was released from pirate control on 7 April 2011.  The Greek flagged and owned vessel was pirated on the 9 February, approximately 350 nautical miles South East of Muscat in the North Arabian Sea. The vessel and her crew of 25 are believed to be making for a safe port. The crew members are from Greek, Georgia and Philippines. According to the owner all the crew members are safe and in good health.


USS James E. Williams Helps Crew of Pirated Vessel

Crew members from the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) provided care and assistance for approximately 12 hours to crew members and pirates aboard the North Korean cargo vessel Dai Hong Dan, after the crew regained control of the ship from the pirates. Subsequently, the crew requested no further assistance from James E. Williams. Dai Hong Dan's crew regained control of their vessel Oct. 30, after confronting the pirates who had taken over their ship Oct. 29


Golden Blessing Hijacked in the Gulf of Aden

In the early hours of 28 June, pirates took control of the MV Golden Blessing approximately 90 nautical miles off the northern Somali coast. On notification from the Master of the MV Golden Blessing that pirates were on board, the EU NAVFOR German warship Schleswig-Holstein immediately launched their helicopter and reported sighting suspected pirates on board the MV Golden Blessing. The MV Golden Blessing, a Singapore flagged tanker with deadweight of 14445 tonnes


Pirated MV Golden Blessing Released

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On 6 November 2010, the Singapore-flagged MV Golden Blessing was confirmed released from under pirate control. The MV Golden Blessing, a Singapore-owned chemical tanker, deadweight 14,445 tonnes, was pirated on 28 June 2010 approximately 90 nautical miles (170 kilometres) off the Somali coast. The MV Golden Blessing has a crew of 19 Chinese.


MV Khaled Muhieddine Released by Pirates

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On the morning of 26 May, the MV Khaled Muhieddine, which was pirated on 20 January 2011, was released from pirate control after 126 days. The crew of 22 Syrians and 3 Egyptians are all well.


MarAd Issues Advisory on Piracy

The US Maritime Administration (MarAd) issued an advisory to operators of US-flag and effective US-controlled vessels warning of increased activity by pirates in waters off the east coast of Somalia. Pirates have recently launched armed attacks on merchant ships up to 190 nautical miles off Somalia. Mariners in the vicinity of Somalia are advised to maintain as much distance as reasonably possible off the coast and to be vigilant for approaches by pirate vessels. Source: HK Law


Pirate Horizons in the Gulf of Guinea

Gulf of guinea.jpg

This article deals with the evolution of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.   It was proclaimed in 2012 that the Somali pirate business model had been broken by a combination of coordinated naval patrols, heightened vessel security, and the ubiquitous presence of armed guards aboard valuable ships. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) attributed only 71 attacks to Somali pirates in the first 11 months of 2012, down from 237 the previous year


MMEA Recover Hijacked Tanker

hijacked Malaysian coastal tanker

  A hijacked Malaysian coastal tanker has been recovered by the prompt actions of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) off the coast of Malaysia. The owners of the Malaysian tanker lost contact with the tanker at 2200 hours on 28 January 2015. The tanker, with ten crew members on board and carrying 700 metric tonnes of marine fuel oil was off Tanjung Ayam at the Southern entrance to the South China Sea.


Pirates Attack Fishing Vessel near Malacca Strait

Map of Strait of Malacca. By Welt-Atlas

 Pirates attacked the fishing trawler Maju Jaya in Malacca Strait in Tamiang water in North Sumatra, Indonesia on July 26.   Another fishing boat closed Maju Jaya from portside, two armed pirates went on board of Maju Jaya, threatening crew.   The pirates were armed with guns and other weapons, locked the crew on the bridge and stole jewelry, mobile phones, technologies and etc. Crew unharmed.   


Somali Force, Pirates Exchange Gunfire

Somali maritime forces have exchanged gunfire with the hijackers of an oil tanker in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the head of the maritime force said.   This is the first time Somali pirates have taken over a commercial ship since 2012 and locals blame the attack on foreign


Somali Pirates Release Hijacked Ship, Crew without Ransom

Aris 13 (Photo: EU Naval Force)

Somali pirates released a hijacked oil tanker and its eight Sri Lankan crew on Thursday, a Somali security official and the pirates said, bringing the first hijacking since 2012 to an unusually swift conclusion without the payment of a ransom.  


Somali Regional Antipiracy Chief Says Sacked over Illegal Fishing Comments

The head of anti-piracy operations in the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia said he had been fired for speaking out about illegal fishing, which he claims could trigger a new outbreak of piracy in the Indian Ocean.   Pirates hijacked an oil tanker off Somalia last week


Pirates Seize Somali Vessel to Use as Floating Base

Pirates have seized control of a Somali fishing boat to use as a base from which to attack larger ships, police said on Friday, a week after Somali pirates hijacked their first commercial vessel since 2012.   Ten Yemeni crew aboard the boat were dumped on shore, officials told Reuters.


Navy Foils Piracy Plot in Malacca

Photo: The Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL)

 Indonesian Navy arrested six alleged pirates attempting to hijack a foreign-operated tanker near the Malacca Strait, one of the world’s busiest trade routes,  reports The Jakarta Post.   Six suspected pirates operating in the Malacca Straits were caught by Western Fleet


Sulu Sea Kidnappings a Threat to Shipping - IMB

File Image: Suspected pirates off Somalia are intercepted by authorities (CREDIT: IMB)

The Sulu Sea between eastern Malaysia and the Philippines has become dangerous for merchant shipping due to rising threat of kidnappings, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on Tuesday.   The Sulu archipelago is a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf


Maritime Piracy Drops But Kidnappings Rise

Graphics:  ICC International Maritime Bureau

 Sea piracy plunged to its lowest levels in 18 years in 2016, but kidnappings of crew members for ransom is escalating off west Africa and in the Sulu Seas near the Philippinessayd International Maritime Bureau (IMB).   The global maritime watchdog said  in its annual report that


Pirates Attacking Bigger Ships off Philippines

File Image: a piracy interdiction operation (Credit: IMB)

Attacks in waters east of Philippines shift to big ships; ReCAAP, security groups recommend avoiding Sulu and Celebes Seas.   Asian pirates are focusing more of their attacks on larger merchant ships near the Philippines, hoping for bigger ransom payments from kidnapping their crew


MASS continues to support Maritime Anti-piracy Operations

Boarding team from EU Naval Force combat support warship FGS BERLIN stops a suspicious skiff. Photo courtesy Operation Atalanta

The European Council has extended the mandate for European Union Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR) - Operation ATALANTA - until 31 December 2018, which means Cohort company MASS will continue to provide the Classified Mission Network for the enduring Operation.


Pirates Kidnap Cargo Ship Crew Nigerian Waters

Pirates have kidnapped seven Russians and one Ukrainian after attacking the cargo ship the BBC Caribbean off the coast of Nigeria, the Russian embassy said on its official Twitter account. The embassy has asked Nigerian authorities to assist in locating the abducted people


Somali Pirates Hijack First Ship since 2012

Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, Somali authorities said on Tuesday, the first time a commercial ship has been seized in the region since 2012.   Security forces have been sent to free the Aris 13, a regional police official said late on Tuesday.


Somalia Region Sends Soldiers to Free Hijacked Ship

Somali forces have been sent to free a hijacked ship, a regional police official said on Tuesday.   "We are determined to rescue the ship and its crew. Our forces have set off to Alula. It is our duty to rescue ships hijacked by pirates and we shall rescue it


Somali Pirates Demand Ransom for Aris 13

File photo: Euronav

The EU anti-piracy operation in the Horn of Africa  region said that  Pirates are demanding a ransom for the release of the Comoros-flagged oil tanker Aris 13 seized off the coast of Somalia and the crew is being held captive, the AP reported.  


Pirates Demand Ransom for Tanker Seized off Somalia

Pirates off the coast of Somalia, who hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, are demanding a ransom for the release of the vessel, the EU Naval Force said.   The pirates seized the Comoros-flagged Aris 13 tanker on Monday


IMO Secretary-General Urges Vigilance after Tanker Hijack

Official photograph of IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

In the wake of the recent hijacking of tanker Aris 13 off Puntland, Somalia, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim urged the shipping industry to be vigilant and apply diligently IMO guidance and best management practices to avert possible piracy attacks.  






 
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