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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 […]

Turkish Crew Taken Hostage in Pirate Attack off Nigeria

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July 17, 2019 Pirates have kidnapped 10 Turkish sailors after attacking the Turkish-flagged cargo ship Paksoy-1 off the Nigerian coast. The incident occurred on the evening of July 13, according to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The 8,900 dwt ship was boarded 230 kilometers off the town of Brass while it was en […]

Nigeria Introduces New Bill to Tackle Rampant Piracy

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July 11, 2019 Nigeria has introduced a new anti-piracy bill in a bid to improve security in its territorial and exclusive economic zone waters. The Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Bill, 2019, has received president Muhammadu Buhari’s assent after passing the Senate and House of Representatives on April 9 and April 30, respectively. […]

IMB: West African Waters World’s Worst for Pirate Attacks

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July 9, 2019 The seas around West Africa remain the world’s most dangerous for piracy, the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest report reveals. Of the 75 seafarers taken hostage onboard or kidnapped for ransom worldwide so far this year, 62 were captured in the Gulf of Guinea, specifically off the coasts of Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, […]

Boskalis Vessel Freed after Being Hijacked off West Africa

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May 7, 2019 Boskalis’ heavy transport vessel Blue Marlin was freed after being boarded by pirates some 80 nautical miles offshore Equatorial Guinea on May 5, the company informed. After unloading a cargo in the waters of Equatorial Guinea, the Blue Marlin departed last Sunday heading to Malta. In the afternoon hours, the vessel was […]

IMB: Global Piracy Drops by 42 Pct in Q1 2019

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April 8, 2019 The first quarter of 2019 saw fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships, compared to the first three months of 2018, a report shows. According to the report issued by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB), there were 38 incidents of piracy and armed robbery at […]

Robbers Raid Tanker in Second Attack off Venezuela in Seven Days

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April 3, 2019 Armed robbers boarded an anchored tanker at the Jose Terminal Anchorage in Venezuela on March 28, according to IMB Piracy Reporting Center. As reported by IMB, five robbers armed with knives and a pipe wrench boarded the tanker and tied up the aft watch keeper. The robbers subsequently broke into the ship’s […]

Hijacked by migrants tanker emerged in Malta waters

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March 28, 2019 Tanker re-appeared in Maltese waters early Mar 28, sailing at reduced speed and apparently, not yet freed. Malta authorities said they’ve sent military to hijacked tanker. Last tanker’s Captain message was “we’re in pirates hands”. Malta doesn’t seem all that happy to embrace migrants (aka pirates), understandably. So what is going on […]

Pirates Kidnap Five Seafarers from OSV off Nigeria

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March 13, 2019 Armed pirates have kidnapped five crew members from an offshore support vessel in the latest pirate attack off Brass, Nigeria. According to data provided by IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, pirates armed with machine guns in two speed boats approached the unnamed vessel while it was underway some 32 nautical miles off the […]