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Korea to hold anti-piracy drill

South Korea will hold an anti-piracy drill in waters off the southern coast ahead of the dispatch of a 4,500-ton destroyer to Somalia, the maritime ministry said. Taking place on Friday, the one-day drill will involve the South Korean destroyer Daejoyoung, a 17,000-ton commercial vessel and 350 seamen and sailors, according to the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. Next month, the warship will join the South Korean naval unit which has been dispatched in the Gulf of Aden since 2009 as part of global efforts to combat piracy off the ...

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Piracy in Africa worries Nigeria Navy

The Nigeria Navy has called for regional and inter-regional collaboration among West and Central African countries to reduce piracy. Rear.Adm. Adeniyi Osinowo, the Chief of Training and Operations, Naval Headquarters on Thursday in Abuja made the suggestion in a paper entitled; “Combating the Menace of Piracy and other Maritime Crimes in Africa’’. The paper was presented at the ongoing Association of Africa Maritime Administrations (AAMA) Conference in Abuja. He said between 2003 and 2016, Somalia recorded 539 pirate attacks on vessels, while the Gulf of Aden/Red Sea recorded 381 attacks. ...

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EU calls for renewed efforts to battle resurgent piracy off Somali coast

The resurgent piracy attacks off the vast Somali coastline is a result of the growing insecurity in the Horn of Africa region, which calls for renewed security partnership to defeat, a commander of an international naval task force against piracy told Xinhua. Commander Jacqui Sheriff, Spokesperson for the European Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) operating off the Somali coastline to deter piracy along the Indian Ocean coastline and in the Gulf of Aden, said pirates have felt the need to return to sea in the middle of heightened insecurity in recent ...

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Shipping authorities deny hijacked vessel belongs to Pakistan

Represen­ta­tives of the ports and shipping and mercantile marine departments said on Wed­nes­day that there was no cargo vessel or fishing boat registered in their record by the name of Salama-1. The statement comes days after reports of a Pakistani vessel getting hijacked by Somali pirates started doing the rounds in media. The shipping master said, “We checked our records as soon as the news broke. But we didn’t find any vessel named Salama-1 re­­g­­istered with us. If this were the case, we would have been inundated by phone calls ...

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DG Shipping warns Indian ships to stay away from Gulf of Aden

In the aftermath of the recent piracy attacks at the Gulf of Aden, the Directorate General of Shipping has issued an advisory to Indian vessel owners to refrain from sailing in the troubled zone. The advisory, a copy with DNA Money, mentions that it is due to the recent piracy attack on an Indian vessel on the coast of Somalia region. The Korean Naval Ship, UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) and International Maritime Bureau (IMB) have shared information with the Indian authorities regarding hijacking of an Indian mechanised sailing vessel ...

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PVI: Latest Potential Pirate Attacks and Approaches 18 April 2017

DateTime: 14/04/2017 06:52:00 UTC Area: Horn of Africa Status: PIRATE_ATTACK Lat: 15°55’8 N Lon: 52°20’7 E Detail: UPDATE: MV approached by small boat w/ 6-7 armed POB. Vessel came under attack with shots fired at 0652 UTC in position 15:55.8N – 052:20.7E, around 10nm off Yemen coast in GoA. Several attempts to board without success. Boat departed area, no casualties or damage observed. Vessel and crew safe. Reported (UKMTO) 14 Apr. Source: UNID: 4827 Action: UPDATE ReportedBy: OL BRAVO DateTime: 15/04/2017 13:16:00 UTC Area: Horn of Africa Status: PIRATE_ATTACK Lat: ...

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Somali piracy disremembered

Somali piracy off the Horn of Africa was once estimated by the World Bank to cost global trade billions of dollars, and to harm the fragile economies of countries in the region. These disastrous financial costs, at a time of painful global downturn, came alongside a raft of pain and suffering for those taken hostage, some of whom died due to desperate living conditions and a lack of medical treatment. Now, in the last few weeks, Somali piracy is back: making headlines, boarding ships, and taking hostages. Since early March, ...

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Somalia: Pirates Killed While Trying to Hijack Ship

A Somali official says foreign naval forces in international waters shot dead two pirates and wounded another when the bandits attempted to hijack a ship on Saturday. Ahmed Abdullahi, an official with the anti-piracy force in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, said the two killed men were part of a group of nine pirates in a boat approaching an unidentified ship near the Gulf of Aden when a naval force opened fire on them. He said the six other pirates survived the attack and escaped. Residents in Durduri, a coastal village ...

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Being Prepared For Risky Waters: An alarming extension of South East Asia piracy is evident by recent piracy incidents

Reports estimated in the last twelve months, 58 seafarers were kidnapped in this region in 13 incidents by pirate gangs linked with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) Extremists (there was a total of 22 incidents with 9 foiled). Looking from a commercial, geographical and judicial standpoint, the South East Asia piracy makes sense: A third of the world’s cargo passes through the Straits of Malacca and Singapore Straits. Asian economies and consumption have grown in the last decade and trades moving between Europe and China are made in these channels; ...

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Indian Seamen Travel Home After Somalia Piracy Ordeal

Ten Indian seamen freed Somali pirates have been allowed to travel home. The authorities of Galmudug State in Central Somalia, saw off the Indian sailors on Thursday. The seamen on mv AL Kausar were freed from the pirates near Hobyo town, about 660km northeast of the Somali capital Mogadishu. Were hijacked Hobyo District Commissioner Abdullahi Faad said the 10 were hijacked as they sailed from the town’s harbour to Kismayu town, 500km south of Mogadishu. “The boat was originally destined for Kismayu town, before it was seized by pirates who ...

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Chinese navy rescues Panamanian ship from pirates in Gulf of Aden

The Chinese navy rescued a Panamanian merchant ship from pirates in the Gulf of Aden over the weekend, the second time it has helped a vessel under threat this month. The Frigate Hengyang from China’s 25th convoy fleet sent by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) navy to the Gulf of Aden rushed to the hijacked ship ALHEERA, after receiving reports that it was under attack at 9:30 pm on Saturday. Hengyang’s helicopters reached the ship one hour later and drove the five pirates away, the PLA Daily reported on ...

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UN calls for heightened vigilance to contain piracy in Somali waters

The international community and shipping firms should intensify patrols along the Somalia coastline to eliminate piracy that is slowly crawling back after a five year lull, a senior UN official has said. Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warned in a statement issued in Nairobi late Wednesday that Somalia waters could become a haven for piracy and other transnational crimes unless vigilance is enhanced. “It is imperative that the international community remains vigilant and commercial shipping follows the advice of navies and ...

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Somali forces clash with pirates, free Indian ship crew

Somali security forces clashed with pirates early on Wednesday and freed nine seamen kidnapped on an Indian cargo ship this month, officials said. The pirates seized the dhow Al Kausar off Somalia’s coast, part of a surge of attacks after years without a reported incident. The kidnappers took the crew onshore in central Galmudug state on Monday and clashed with troops two days later, the territory’s minister for ports and sea transport, Burhan Warsame, said. “We rescued the nine crew and they are healthy and safe,” he added. Hirsi Yusuf ...

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Somali piracy – recent attack shows there is no room for complacency

On 8 April 2017, the bulk carrier OS 35 was attacked and boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Fortunately, the ship’s 19 Filipino crew were released unharmed after being rescued by the Chinese Navy, supported by the Indian Navy. The crew had sought refuge in the ship’s citadel and were able to send a distress signal following the attack. The attack on OS 35 follows the first hijacking by Somali pirates for five years, when an oil tanker was captured (and subsequently freed) last month. A fishing trawler ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

East Africa and the Indian Ocean Somalia: Update: Pirates lose Indian dhow, retain crew during operation 10 April Galmudug security forces successfully seized the Indian cargo dhow, the Al Kaushar, during an operation to rescue the 11 crew members held by pirates who hijacked the vessel and kidnapped the crew on 1 April. Pirates reportedly abandoned the vessel and fled with their abductees after local elders warned them security forces were on their way. According to Reuters, local pirate leader Saiid said they would use the crew to bargain for ...

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