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Hijacked Ship in the Indian Ocean

Early on the morning of 11 November a Greek owned (Marshall Island flagged) vessel named the MV Filitsa was hijacked in the south Somali Basin, 400 nautical miles North East of the Seychelles. The Bulk Carrier with a deadweight of 23,709 tonnes has a crew of 22 consisting of 3 Greek and 19 Philipino. The vessel that was heading for Durban, has now turned around and is heading north.

Win Far Released by Pirates After 10 Months

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

M/V Win Far 161, which has been anchored off the Somali coast in the vicinity of Harardheere for almost 10 months has finally been released. The pirates vacated the vessel on the evening of 11 Feb and the master has taken command once more. The Taiwanese fishing vessel Win Far 161 was hijacked on 6 April 2009 from the Somali Basin, approximately 160Nm north of the Seychelles. The vessel had been operating outside the EU NAVFOR Area of Operation (AOR) and as such its movements were not

EU NAVFOR Destroys More Suspect Pirate Skiffs

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

EU NAVFOR units operating in the Somali Basin, between the Seychelles and the Somali coast, have discovered more suspected pirate activity. In an area close to the disruption of five pirate attack groups by EU NAVFOR, EU NAVFOR German warship FGS Emden intercepted a suspect pirate group consisting of a mother ship and two skiffs. The pirate mother ship was first detected in the late hours of 11 March by the EU NAVFOR Luxemburg Patrol aircraft who directed the EU NAVFOR German warship Emden

EU NAVFOR Warship Sinks Pirate Skiffs

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On the morning of 10 June, the EU NAVFOR German warship FGS Niedersachsen detected a suspected Pirate Action Group (PAG) whilst conducting a routine patrol in the Southern Somali Basin.     The PAG, which is suspected of carrying out a number of attacks on merchant vessels in the area, consisted of a fishing dhow and 2 attack skiffs. Small arms and Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG)s were also seen on board.  

Piracy Dropped to a 5-year Global Low in 2012

Piracy on the world's seas at a five-year low, with 297 ships attacked in 2012, compared with 439 in 2011, according to the ICC global piracy report. Extracts from the International Chamber of Commerces (ICC) –  International Maritime Bureau (IMB) annual report on piracy follow: Worldwide figures were brought down by a huge reduction in Somali piracy, though East and West Africa remain the worst hit areas, with 150 attacks in 2012.

Vessel Guards Thwart Somali Pirate Attack

Dryad Maritime Intelligence have today confirmed the first piracy attack of 2014 which saw an attack launched by Somali pirates south of Salalah in the late hours of January 17. The news comes hot on the heels of the latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) annual report on piracy and maritime crime, which welcomes a decrease in Somali piracy in 2013. In the incident on Friday, a Mothership-enabled PAG attacked a transiting vessel with small arms fire

Safety at Sea International Awards

Four shipping industry companies and organisations have been honoured for their outstanding contributions to maritime safety. The third annual Safety at Sea International Awards were presented June 10 at a banquet in Oslo in recognition of excellence in programmes, products and services that encourage and promote safety in the maritime environment. Prizes were awarded in four categories: equipment, systems, training and management/operations

Pirates Disrupted by USS Pinckney

A visit, board, search and seizure team from the guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) approaches a suspected pirate vessel after the Motor Vessel Nordic Apollo reported being under attack and fired upon by pirates. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

Guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91), assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, disrupted a group of suspected pirates close to the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC), south of Yemen, Dec. 19.  The Merchant Shipping Industry Best Management Practices, Version 4 (BMPv4) encourages merchant vessels to register with the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organization (UKMTO) while transiting areas known to be high risk for piracy.  At approximately 8:40 a.m

AdvanFort’s Adds Security Platform

Photo: AdvanFort

AdvanFort added a new ocean platform, the SG Arizona, to complete its pre-deployed offshore support vessel (OSV) network in the piracy High Risk Area (HRA) in and around the Gulf of Aden. “Named after the last of this country’s 48 contiguous states, our Arizona brings to its logical completion a market-driven remedy for those seeking the most secure transit in what is still one of the world’s most dangerous maritime regions,” said AdvanFort President William H. Watson

Tankship Engine Room Blaze Off Somalia Coast

Photo: Australian Navy

Australia’s HMAS Newcastle provided medical treatment and evacuated two badly burned Filipino merchant seamen from a stricken oil tanker in the Somali Basin. The seamen from the Liberian registered Merchant Tanker Perla, were severely burned during a machinery fire which left the tanker powerless, adrift and vulnerable to pirate attack on June 7, 2013. Heavy seas required Newcastle’s embarked Sea Hawk helicopter to affect the rescue which winched a three-person medical team

Pacific Basin Returns to The Black

Pic: Pacific Basin

 Pacific Basin Shipping cut its half-year underlying losses by 32 per cent to US$14.6 million from a year ago, thanks to stringent cost-cutting efforts that helped it mitigate an anaemic dry-commodities shipping market.   Hong Kong-listed Pacific Basin

Iranian Ship, Crew Escape Captivity off Somali Coast

An Iranian fishing vessel and its crew have escaped after being held captive for five months by Somali fishermen, maritime piracy experts said on Friday, but it was not clear how many crew members had escaped. Jaber, an Iranian fishing vessel believed to have up to 19 crew

Security in the Indian Ocean Fragile -MAST

The security situation in the Indian Ocean could quickly change for the worse, according to maritime security company MAST.   Gerry Northwood OBE, COO of MAST, said, “For commercial shipping, the Indian Ocean is arguably the safest ocean on the planet

Somali Pirates Hijack Iranian Fishing Vessel

Somali pirates have hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel with 15 crew members, a Somali official and a maritime expert said on Monday amid warnings that piracy might be making a comeback in the Indian Ocean.   Although there are still occasional cases of sea attacks

IMB Concerned About Compensating Pirates

Somali pirates threaten crew

  The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has joined other maritime organisations in expressing concern over the decision to compensate convicted Somali pirates. These criminals have been responsible for taking hostage thousands of seafarers

Croatia Now Protecting World Food Program Vessel

Photo: EU Naval Force

Croatia takes over EU Naval Force World Food Program vessel protection duties from Serbia   After three months of operating with the European Union Naval Force, a maritime protection team from Serbia handed over its World Food Program (WFP) vessel protection duties to Croatia

Pacific Basin Adopts DNV GL’s ShipManager

Photo Credit: Pacific Basin

Pacific Basin will implement the DNV GL’s ShipManager fleet management system on its owned fleet within the next two years.    Shipping companies often have various IT systems that cover different aspects of their operations

Pacific Basin Adopts DNV GL’s ShipManager

World-leading maritime software from DNV GL

  Pacific Basin, one of the world’s largest owners and operators of Handysize bulk carriers, will implement the DNV GL’s ShipManager fleet management system on its owned fleet within the next two years. Shipping companies often have various IT systems that cover different

Seychelles Anti-Piracy Exercise

Anti-Piracy exercise in progress in the Sychelles. (image: EUCAP Nestor and EU Naval Force)

On Thursday 8 January, a counter-piracy exercise was carried out jointly by the Seychelles Coast Guard, Air Force and Police together with the EU Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta-, and the EU’s civilian maritime security capacity building Mission, EUCAP Nestor.

Somali Pirates Release Long-held Hostages

Somali pirates have freed four Thai nationals seized from a fishing vessel at sea in 2010, ending the longest-running hostage drama in the Horn of Africa state, the United Nations said on Friday.   At one time Somali pirates made millions of dollars in ransoms from seizing ships but

EU Supports Somali Coast Guard

As part of the European Union’s efforts to enhance regional states’ maritime security capabilities in the Horn of Africa, on 15 March EUCAP Nestor gave six Nissan 4x4 veh (Photo: EU)

European Union (EU) missions work together to support Somali Coast Guard and to strengthen its maritime security capabilities   As part of the European Union’s efforts to enhance regional states’ maritime security capabilities in the Horn of Africa

Somali Pirates Shifting Towards India

Pic: Manohar Parrikars Facebook Page

 Somali pirates, after being neutralized by various countries’ navies, are shifting their locations towards India, but the country is watchful to deal with such threats, says Indian Defence minister Manohar Parrikar.   Because their (shipping) lanes are heavily guarded

Illegal Fishing Threatens to Revive Somali Piracy

Somali officials say foreign ships plundering fish stocks; Somali piracy greatly reduced due to security measures. A rise in illegal fishing off Somalia could spark a resurgence in piracy, United Nations and Somali fishing officials have warned

EU NAVFOR Consults Somali Fisherman

(Photo: EU NAVFOR)

Sailors from Operation Atalanta Warship ITS Libeccio speak to local fishermen about European Union’s efforts to deter Somali piracy   Sailors from Operation Atalanta warship ITS Libeccio met local Somali fishermen at sea during a counter-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden.  

Livestock Carrier Sinks off Gulf of Aden

A Livestock Carrier. Photo Credit: Stevesmaritime

 A cargo ship carrying thousands of livestock was sailing from Somalia to the United Arab Emirates when it encountered high waves and strong winds and sank off the coast of Gulf of Aden.    All animals are perishing and two of the 29 crew still missing.  

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