• 16.01.2019

    IMB: Piracy increased in 2018, Gulf of Guinea ‘increasingly dangerous’

    The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB) issued its annual piracy report for 2018, confirming a rise in piracy figures on the world’s seas last year, and specially in West African waters. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) recorded a total of 201 incidents of…

     

  • 15.01.2019

    ReCAAP ISC: Piracy and armed robbery in Asia decreased by 25% in 2018

    ReCAAP ISC published its annual report ‘Piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia’, addressing that piracy and armed robbery have experienced a decrease by 25%. Additionally, the number of actual incidents showed a reduction of 31%. To this result, the number of incidents remains…

     

  • 14.01.2019

    Illegal fishing, coastal violence create insecurity in Somali waters, report says

    A report published by Stable Seas shows how complex issues like illegal fishing, coastal violence, and human trafficking create an insecure maritime environment in Somali waters. Regional conflicts have changed human migration flows, accelerating the smuggling of trafficked persons and arms across the Gulf of…

     

  • 14.01.2019

    Somaliand naval bases?

    Self-declared republic sees military presence by world powers as way to affirm its status as independent state The self-declared republic of Somaliland has expressed an interest in hosting British and Russian naval bases, which would add to an already active military presence along the coast…

     

  • 10.01.2019

    Two piracy incidents reported off Nigeria

    IMB reported two piracy incidents that took place off Nigeria, on January 7. Both happened in Lagos, where in the first case 4-5 robbers in a small skiff came near an anchored product tanker and tried to board. In the second case, two robbers with plastic…

     

  • 10.01.2019

    BIMCO: EU, China, US need to boost anti-piracy efforts in Gulf of Guinea

    A week after the abduction of six crew members from the container ship MSC Mandy off Benin, BIMCO stressed that piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is an unacceptable burden to seafarers and shipping companies and asked, on behalf of its members, that maritime powers increase their…

     

  • 10.01.2019

    Somali Region Once Riddled With Pirates Sees Peaceful Power Transfer

    A region of war-ravaged Somalia elected a new president this week, a peaceful transfer of power in a part of the country notorious for piracy and Islamist militias. Said Abdullahi Deni, who is likely to continue Puntland’s close cooperation with the United States, defeated his…

     

  • 10.01.2019

    Search still on for missing tanker

    Indonesian authorities launch appeal for sightings of Namse Bangdzod. Indonesian authorities remain on the hunt for a tanker reported missing at the end of last year. Contact was lost with the 1,900-dwt Namse Bangdzod (built 1993) on 28 December, a day after it left Bagendang…

     

  • 07.01.2019

    Pirates free hostages

    Two Ukrainian being piracy hostages in Nigeria and released are returning to Ukraine on Saturday, January 5, Spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s Consular Service Vasyl Kyrylych has said. “Today, two sailors released from the captivity of pirates in Nigeria are returning to Ukraine,” he…

     

  • 07.01.2019

    The location of kidnapped MSC crew remains unknown

    According to the Russian Embassy in Benin, the location of Russians captured by pirates, on January 2, in Benin’s territorial waters in the Gulf of Guinea is unknown. As stated by the Embassy, representatives for the company noted that the kidnappers have not contacted yet. The 24…

     

  • 03.01.2019

    Crew missing after MSC boxship attacked

    Several crew members are missing from an MSC boxship after it was attached in the Gulf of Guinea. The ship was targeted 55 miles (88.5 kilometres) south of Cotonou, Benin, shortly after midnight 2 January, according to maritime consultancy Grey Page. While the vessel wasn’t…

     

  • 03.01.2019

    Southeast Asia – Piracy Events Over the Past Week

    Pirate and maritime crime activity in Southeast Asia waters is at a low level. No maritime crime events were reported this past week. Late reporting was received on one boarding from the previous week. A. Details Vessels Hijacked: No incidents to report. Kidnapping: No incidents…

     

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