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Somali Pirate Hijackings Increase to 15-Month High: AKE

Somali pirates hijacked 10 ships in March, the most since December, 2010, and may attack larger merchant vessels this month, AKE Intelligence said, Bloomberg reported. Four of the seized craft were used to make more attacks, rather than being held for ransom, said Rory Lamrock, a piracy analyst at the Hereford, England-based security and risk-assessment company. “Pirate syndicates will be emboldened by the latest hijackings, spurring them on to conduct more attacks over the coming weeks,” Lamrock said. “Weather conditions are also forecast to be relatively calm in April, which will make it easier for pirates to launch skiffs and gain access to the deck of a targeted vessel.” Somali pirate attacks rose to a record 237 in 2011 with ransoms worth $160 million paid to release 31 hijacked vessels, a One Earth Future Foundation report showed. Pirates based in Somalia cost governments and the shipping industry as much as $6.9 billion last year, One Earth estimates. Pirates are holding 13 vessels with a total of 197 hostages, according to the London-based International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (Bloomberg).  

Somali Pirates Finally Release 'Albedo' Crew Hostages

Containership Albedo hostages: Photo ITF

The International Transport Federation (ITF) informs that 11 seafarers held hostage by Somali pirates for over three and a half years have finally been released, with the prospect of seeing their families once more after what is described as a 'terrible ordeal'.
 The seven Bangladeshi, two Sri Lankan, one Indian and one Iranian hostage were among the 23 crew on the Malaysian-owned and flagged containership Albedo when it was hijacked by Somali pirates on 26 November 2010 while 900 nautical

Counter Piracy Commander Warns of Continuing Threat

Admiral Bob Tarrant, Operation Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia (Photo: European Union)

The Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant, has issued a renewed warning that Somali pirates are still determined to get out to sea and, if presented with an easy target, will attack. “I am very concerned that seafarers and nations will lower their guard and support for counter piracy operations in the belief that the piracy threat is over. It is not; it is merely contained," he said

Hijacked Vessel Released, Crewmember Dead

According to a report from the Associated Press, the Dutch Defense Ministry said Somali pirates have released a hijacked cargo ship, the Dutch Antilles-flagged MV Marathon. The ministry reported that one of the 19 crew members died of a gun shot wound sustained when pirates seized the ship on May 7. Another crew member was reportedly injured. (Source: Associated Press)

Somali Pirates Rescue Crew as Ship Burns

According to a report from Voice of America, Somali pirates said they have evacuated 19 crew members from the hijacked ship, Panama-flagged cargo carrier MV Orna,  that caught fire on June 15. The ship's crew remains held by the pirates.   Source: Voice of America    

Another Tankship Released by Somali Pirates

Warship Escorts MV Smyrni: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

EU Naval Force Flagship ESPS Méndez Núnez assists 'MV Smyrni' after it sails out of the Somali pirate's holding anchorage. MV Smyrni, with a crew of 26, was carrying 135,000 tonnes of crude oil when she was hijacked on 11 May 2012.  After ten months of being held in a pirate anchorage off the Somali coast, it is understood that a ransom was paid for the vessel, and on 10 March 2013, she was released by her captors.

Maersk Pirate Deserves 27-Years According to His Lawyers

According to a report from Bloomberg, Abduwali Muse, a Somali pirate who pleaded guilty to hijacking the container ship Maersk Alabama, should get 27 years in prison when he is sentenced this month, his lawyers said, citing his youth and poverty. Muse admitted in May to two counts of hijacking maritime vessels, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of hostage taking. He faces 27 years to 33 years and nine months in prison under a range agreed to by his lawyers and the U.S.

S. Korea Pledges to Protect Ships from Piracy

According to a Jan. 17 report from Yonhap, South Korea condemned piracy and pledged to take better measures to protect its ships from the "unacceptable" act after Somali pirates were suspected of seizing a cargo ship over the weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 15, an 11,500-ton South Korean chemical freighter, the Samho Jewelry, was hijacked in the Arabian Sea as the ship was en route to Sri Lanka from the United Arab Emirates with 21 crew members aboard. (Source: Yonhap)

Somali Pirates Seize Singapore Ship

According to an Oct. 15 report from VOA News, Somali pirates have hijacked a Singapore-owned and flagged container ship in the Indian Ocean. The MV Kota Wajar was seized early Oct. 15 about 550 kilometers north of the Seychelles islands. (Source: VOA News)

Ships Held by Somali Pirates

According to a report from Reuters, Somali pirates seized a British-owned ship operated by an Italian company on April 6, after taking three other ships over the weekend, a maritime official said. (Source: Reuters)

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

Collective Effort Keeps Piracy at Bay, Risks Remain

Major General Martin Smith addresses senior shipping industry representatives earlier this week (Photo: Port2Port Maritime)

Though the maritime sector has seen a decline in Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, there is no room for complacency regarding the ongoing threat, says EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE.  

Collective Efforts Helped Curtail Piracy Attacks


  Collective effort by maritime industry and naval forces keep pirate attacks suppressed: EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE   At a breakfast meeting earlier today with senior shipping industry representatives, the EU Naval Force Operation Commander

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

Cyber Security & the Challenge to Maritime Networks

Adrian Hartman

“Look at me: I am the Captain now.” In the film “Captain Phillips,” a boarding Somali pirate’s statement represents a maritime operator’s worst fear: losing control of his vessel, cargo and crew. This same loss of control can result from cyber criminals and

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

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

Piracy Still a Big Threat in the Indian Ocean

Photo: Alex Sergienko

Underestimating the security risk in the Indian Ocean could put ships in danger once again, says maritime security company MAST Ltd.   “Whilst recent reports and incidents seem to be pointing to the Far East as the next piracy hotspot

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

SE Asia Tanker Hijacks Up

tanker hijacks rose in 2014

Attacks against small tankers off South East Asia’s coasts caused a rise in global ship hijackings, up to 21 in 2014 from 12 in 2013, despite piracy at sea falling to its lowest level in eight years, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has revealed

Increasing Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia

Piracy in South East Asia (Pic: ReCAAP)

Does piracy off the coast of South-East Asia pose a threat? The answer is yes. Shipping lanes in Southeast Asia, one of the world’s busiest trade routes, have been hit by a “worrying new rise” in piracy. How is maritime piracy threatening South-East Asia and to what

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

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

Maritime Guns For Hire Adapt to Changes in Sea Piracy

Somali pirate attacks down by 95 pct since 2011 -Maritime bureau. Cash-strapped maritime security firms are being forced to use fewer costly elite guards and to diversify into other businesses such as cyber security, as a steep decline in Somali pirate attacks and hotter competition erode

Somali Pirates free Indian Sailors after 4 Years

Somali pirates have freed seven Indian sailors detained for close to four years in exchange for an undisclosed ransom, Somali officials and a maritime monitoring group said on Friday. At one time the pirates made millions of dollars in ransoms from seizing ships sailing the Horn of Africa

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