THE STATE OF MARITIME PIRACY 2016

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East Africa  – Human cost Oceans Beyond Piracy welcomes the efforts of the Hostage Support Partnership (HSP) in releasing the Naham 3 crewmembers, who were held for over 4 ½ years and released on 22 October 2016. Eight crewmembers taken from the Iranian dhow Siraj in 2015 have yet to be released. Piracy and armed robbery in the Western Indian …

VIDEO: Somali piracy uptick a result of lowered vigilance

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MAY 2, 2017 – Pirate networks responsible for the original Somali piracy crisis have sustained themselves through small-scale attacks and involvement in an array of maritime crimes, according to Oceans Beyond Piracy’s annual State of Maritime Piracy report. The recent spate of attacks off the Horn of Africa may point to an elevated risk for a return of piracy, as …

Armed attacks on ships in West African waters rise -report

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ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Armed attacks on ships in West African waters nearly doubled in 2016, with pirates increasingly focused on kidnapping their crew for ransom off Nigeria’s coast, a report said on Tuesday. A recent spate of attacks off Somalia, meanwhile, may also indicate a resurgence of piracy in East Africa as a result of less vigilance, the Oceans Beyond …

Somali Pirate Sentenced To Life For 2010 Attack On USS Ashland

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Mohamed Farah, 31, of Somalia, was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison for engaging in piracy and committing other offenses pertaining to the attack on the USS Ashland, a U.S. Navy ship, in April 2010.26th April’s announcement was made by Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary B. McCord, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente for the Eastern …

Nigeria Police arrest ‘member’ of Nigeria Delta Avengers, 10 other kidnap suspects

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The Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, IRT, has arrested 11 kidnap suspects in Port Harcourt. The suspects include Anthony Pepple, who is also known as “Urban Gorilla” and a suspected member of Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group in the Niger Delta responsible for attacks on oil facilities and installations. The Commander of the IRT, Abba Kyari, disclosed this …

General Warns Somali Pirate Actions Spiked In Last Months As Ships Attacked For Food

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General Tom Waldhauser, head of the U.S. military’s Africa Command, has warned that the threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia is rising. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, the general believes that famine on the mainland will force many desperate Somalis into piracy. Some of the vessels that have been taken under hijacking have had some food and …

Famine Could Be Cause of Uptick in Piracy Off Somalia

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U.S. officials are reluctant to label a recent spike in piracy off the waters of Somalia as a trend. “We’re not ready to say there is a trend there yet, but we’ll continue to watch,” Marine General Thomas Waldhauser said Sunday at a news conference at a military base in the tiny African nation of Djibouti where U.S. Defense Secretary …

Sailor struggles to move on following Abu Sayyaf abduction

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MARAN: It has been almost a month since Abu Sayyaf kidnap victim, Mohd Ridzuan Ismail, was freed after spending more than eight months in captivity, but the 33-year-old is struggling to move on. The father of three, who returned to his hometown in Felda Jengka 7, here, on April 19, wants to spend quality time with his siblings before making …

Eight Tug Crewmembers Kidnapped Off Nigeria

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On 19 Apr morning hours, pirates boarded an unnamed “offshore tug” in the Gulf of Guinea and kidnapped eight crewmembers. According to the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre, the Nigerian Navy responded to the incident but the attackers managed to escape with their captives. One crewmember was injured in the attack and was evacuated by helicopter.  Source: Maritime Executive

Philippine Forces Thwart Pirate Attack

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On Tuesday morning, the Philippine Coast Guard foiled an attempted pirate attack on the cargo vessel Doña Anabelle. The attempted boarding occurred off Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte – over 50 nm to the north of the Sulu archipelago, the epicenter of recent pirate attacks in the region.  Regional police chief Billy Beltran told the Inquirer that armed fighters on two motorboats …

The Economist: Why Somali piracy is staging a comeback

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BETWEEN 2008 and 2011, the waters off the coast of Somalia were the most treacherous shipping lanes in the world. More than 700 attacks on vessels took place in this period. In early 2011, 758 seafarers were being held hostage by pirates. Hijackings cost the shipping industry and governments as much as $7bn in 2012. But then, quite suddenly, the …

Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea in 2016

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2016 witnessed a marked increase in maritime security incidents over the previous year, irrespective of the counting standards. Denmark-based Risk Intelligence counted 119 verified attacks by criminals on all kinds of vessels in West Africa (Senegal to Angola) – compared with 82 in 2015. The vast majority of attacks in 2016 were perpetrated by Nigerian criminals, including all of the 84 …

Foreign Policy: Somalia’s Pirates Are Back in Business

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NAIROBI — After being all but stamped out by international naval forces following its late-2000s heyday, piracy has made a sudden return to the Horn of Africa. In the past month, there have been six suspected piracy incidents near Somalia, five of them successful, including three in the last week. That’s compared with zero successful attacks in 2016. Three more murky …

Somalia: Is Yemen Behind the Pirate Problem?

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In a recent interview with Voice of America, Abdi Hassan Hussein, the former director of intelligence in Puntland, Somalia, said that several recent piracy events along the coast of Somalia were made possible by Yemeni investors. He said the Yemeni criminal investors are taking advantage of the chaos in their own country to provide financing to Somali pirates for vessels, …

Pakistan-owned vessel hijacked by Somali pirates hours after Indian ship was seized

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A Pakistan-owned cargo vessel, which was carrying food, was hijacked off the coast of central Somalia, Somali officials said on Tuesday, according to the New York Times. The hijacking came hours after the pirates hijacked an Indian vessel along the coast of Somalia near a village named El Hur. Abdillahi Ahmed Ali, mayor of Somali town Hobyo, confirmed the incident …

New York Times: Somali Pirates Attack, Raising Fears That a Menace Is Back

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NAIROBI, Kenya — Are the pirates back? After years of quiet seas, undisturbed voyages and no major attacks, Somali pirates have waylaid four ships in the past month, raising fears that the pirate menace has returned to the Indian Ocean. A Pakistani-owned cargo vessel carrying food was hijacked off the coast of central Somalia, Somali officials said on Tuesday, just …

Nigeria plans to transform illegal refineries into consortium

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As the fight against illegal refineries in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta region rages on, the country’s petroleum authority has revealed plans to engage illegal workers to increase output. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced that the government will create a consortium that will engage youths working in illegal refineries to produce 1000 barrels of crude per day, the …

SOMALI PIRATES HIJACK INDIAN COMMERCIAL SHIP WITH 11 SAILORS ON BOARD

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Pirates have hijacked an Indian commercial ship off the coast of Somalia, the second such hijacking in two months after a four-year lull. A former director of the anti-piracy agency in Somalia’s semi-autonomous territory of Puntland, Abdirizak Mohamed Dirir, told Reuters on Monday that Somali pirates had hijacked the ship and that it was heading for Somalia.The deputy minister for …

Police: Somali Pirates Take Over Somali Vessel to Use as Floating Base

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BOSASSO, SOMALIA —  Pirates have seized control of a Somali fishing boat to use as a base from which to attack larger ships, police said on Friday, a week after Somali pirates hijacked their first commercial vessel since 2012. Ten Yemeni crew aboard the boat were dumped on shore, officials told Reuters. “We understand that pirates hijacked the fishing vessel …