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Gulf of Guinea remains world’s piracy hotspot in 2021, according to IMB’s latest figures

The Gulf of Guinea accounted for nearly half (43%) of all reported piracy incidents in the first three months of 2021, according to the latest figures from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB). IMB’s latest global piracy report records 38 incidents since the start of 2021 – compared with 47 incidents during the same period last year. In the first three months of 2021, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) reported 33 vessels boarded, two attempted attacks, two vessels fired upon, and one vessel hijacked. Despite a drop in the ...

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ReCAAP ISC Issues Incident Alert on Incidents against ships in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait

ReCAAP ISC issued an Incident Alert on Incidents against ships in the eastbound lane of the Singapore Strait: The incidents of armed robbery against ships continued to occur to ships while underway in the Singapore Strait. During 8 – 11 Apr 21, three incidents (two incidents on 8 Apr and one incident on 11 Apr) were reported on board ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait. The three incidents occurred in close proximity to each other (Tanjung Pergam, Pulau Bintan, ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 04 – 10 Apr 2021

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 28 Mar – 03 Apr 2021

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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Shipping Companies Stuck Near Suez Are Reportedly Alerting U.S. Navy Over ‘Piracy Risks’

Multiple shipping companies are reportedly contacting the U.S Navy about the potential risks of piracy for ships traveling around Africa to avoid the blocked Suez Canal, the Financial Times reported Friday, amid growing concerns that the sky-scraper-sized ship may end up blocking one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes for weeks. With the Suez Canal blocked, ships can either drop anchor and wait or take a lengthy detour, most likely around Africa. The region has a well-documented history of piracy, with attacks jumping in 2020 according to the watchdog the ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 21 Mar – 27 Mar 2021

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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Pirates hijack Iraqi ship stranded off Iranian coast

Pirates have hijacked an Iraqi ship that was stranded outside the country’s waters and took it to an unknown location, the MP for the Basra governorate said on Sunday. Kadhim Finjan Al-Hammami said he received “authenticated pleas from the private owner of Iraqi tugboat T-4, to free his ship from pirates. The attackers had taken it to an unknown location, and demanded in an audio recording that he pay a ransom of $80,000. “The owner of the hijacked ship explained that his ship ran aground at the Iranian coast, about ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 14 Mar – 20 Mar 2021

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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15th Anniversary Symposium of ReCAAP “Enhancing Regional Cooperation: 15 years and beyond”

ReCAAP Contracting Parties and ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) organised today a 15th Anniversary Symposium with the theme of “Enhancing Regional Cooperation: 15 years and beyond,” on virtual platform. The symposium was organised to mark 15 years of regional cooperation against piracy and sea robbery in Asia (programme in Annex). The symposium was joined by 20 ReCAAP Member Countries, the shipping industry, the diplomatic community as well as academia and research institutes. In his Welcome Address, Singapore Minister for Transport, His Excellency Mr. Ong Ye Kung emphasised the need for ...

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The 15th Governing Council Meeting of the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre

The 15th Governing Council Meeting of the ReCAAP ISC (“the Centre”) was held on 16 and 17 March 2021 by virtual modality, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Meeting was attended by the Governors/Representatives of the 20 ReCAAP Contracting Parties (Annex). On 17 March 2021, the Open Session was also attended by External Participants from two countries and 16 organisations. The Council reviewed the activities of the Centre in FY2020. The Council appreciated that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centre’s core function of information sharing continued undisrupted through the ...

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Pirates kidnap 15 sailors in Gulf of Guinea off Benin: company

Pirates have kidnapped 15 crew members from a chemical tanker in the Gulf of Guinea after boarding the vessel off the coast of Benin, the ship’s Dutch owners said on Friday. The latest incident of high-seas piracy happened on Thursday afternoon around 210 nautical miles (389 kilometres) south of Cotonou when pirates attacked the chemical tanker Davide B, the De Poli tanker company said. “Fifteen crew members have been taken… while six other seafarers of the vessel are safe and unhurt,” said the company, based in Barendrecht, just south of ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 07 Mar – 13 Mar 2021

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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Incidents Of Piracy And Armed Robbery Against Ships In Asia In February 2021

In February 2021, three incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia. No piracy incident was reported. The ReCAAP ISC is concerned with the continued occurrence of incidents on board ships while underway in the Singapore Strait. In February 2021, two incidents were reported in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait. There was no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah in February 2021. However, the risk of the abduction of crew remains high ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 28 Feb – 06 Mar 2021

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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ReCAAP ISC Issues Warning on Incident Involving Bulk Carrier off Sibutu Island, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre today issued a Warning based on information from the Philippine Coast Guard (ReCAAP Focal Point) about an incident involving a bulk carrier, Akij Pearl off Sibutu Island, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines on 3 March 2021 at about 1045 hrs. While the bulk carrier was underway, an unidentified speed boat with three perpetrators on board attempted to board the ship. The master reported the incident to the Philippine Navy Littoral Monitoring Station (LMS). There was no mention if the perpetrators were armed. Refer to map below on approximate location ...

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