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Unprecedented Rise of Crew Kidnappings in Gulf of Guinea

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January 19, 2020 Despite overall piracy incidents declining in 2019, there was an alarming increase in crew kidnappings across the Gulf of Guinea the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) said in its annual piracy report. In 2019, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre received 162 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships worldwide, […]

Nigerian Navy Rescues Three Kidnapped Sailors, Arrests One Pirate

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January 13, 2020 Following the kidnapping of three persons from a hopper dredger by pirates in the Gulf Guinea earlier this month, the Nigerian Navy has rescued the sailors in the Niger Delta, arresting one of the abductors. On January 8, special forces of the navy confronted the pirates in a marathon gun battle, the Nigerian Navy […]

Gabon: Four Sailors Kidnapped, One Feared Killed

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December 24, 2019 Armed pirates have kidnapped four Chinese sailors in Owendo anchorage in Gabon, the Spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang confirmed. The incident took place on December 22, local time, as the robbers attacked two fishing boats belonging to Sigapeche. “Their whereabouts are not yet known at this moment. The Chinese […]

Five Ships Boarded in Singapore Strait

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December 23, 2019 Five ships were boarded by pirates in the past four days while underway in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait, according to piracy watchdog ReCAAP. Of the five ships, three were bulkers and two were tankers. All seafarers were reported safe, with some items reported to be stolen from the attacked vessels. […]

Pirates Kidnap 20 Seafarers from Tanker off Togo

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December 16, 2019 Twenty crew members have been kidnapped from a Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker off Lome, Togo, Dryad Global said. The incident, described as “the largest kidnapping event in West Africa within 2019”, occurred some 115 nautical miles southeast of Lome on December 15, 2019. The tanker, identified as the 19,100 dwt MT Duke, was […]

Nine Crew Kidnapped from J.J. Ugland Vessel off Benin

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November 4, 2019 Nine crew members were taken hostage from the bulk carrier MV Bonita in the early morning hours of November 2 off Cotonou, Benin, according to the Norwegian shipowner J.J. Ugland. The anchored vessel was boarded by pirates while it was waiting for berth to discharge inbound cargo of gypsum, a mineral commonly […]

Global Piracy on the Decline, IMB Report Indicates

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October 16, 2019 The first nine months of this year saw fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships than the corresponding period of 2018, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said in its latest report.  119 incidents have been reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) in 2019, compared to 156 incidents […]

Pirates Board Tanker at Anchorage off Guinea

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September 20, 2019 The 52,600 dwt chemical tanker Ance was attacked by pirates on September 16 while it was anchored some 5 nautical miles off Conakry, Guinea. Four pirates armed with a gun and knives boarded the tanker in the early morning hours, according to data provided by IMB Piracy Reporting Centre. The perpetrators reportedly […]

Pirates Kidnap Eight Seafarers from MPP at Cameroon Anchorage

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August 19, 2019 Armed pirates have abducted eight crew members from a German multipurpose (MPP) ship at the Douala Anchorage, Cameroon. On late August 14, 2019, the 2002-built ship MarMalaita was attacked by pirates, Hamburg-based shipping company MC-Schiffahrt confirmed. After boarding the vessel, pirates kidnapped eight out of the vessel’s twelve crew members. “We have […]

ReCAAP: Asian Piracy Incidents Drop in 1st Half of 2019

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June 18, 2019 A total of 28 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships, comprising 25 actual and three attempted incidents, were reported in Asia during January-June 2019. According to the regional piracy watchdog ReCAAP, the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia continued to improve during the first half of […]