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Pirates hold hostage some crew of oil tanker off West Africa

Several members of the 16-man crew on a Liberia-flagged tanker are being held hostage by pirates who boarded the ship in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea last week, the Danish shipper that owns the vessel said Friday. Pirates boarded the Monjasa Reformer southwest of Port Pointe-Noire, Congo, on March 25 and five days later, the French Navy that was patrolling the area, found the ship off the small island nation of Sao Tomé and Principe north of where it had been attacked. In a statement, company spokesman Thorstein Andreasen said ...

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Ship seized by pirates seen 540 miles west from Gulf of Guinea attack point

A Danish-owned vessel that was boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea on Saturday was spotted about 540 miles further off shore on Tuesday, according to a maritime cooperation centre monitoring security in the area. The Liberian-flagged oil and chemical tanker Monjasa Reformer was boarded by five armed people some 140 miles west of the Republic of Congo’s Port Pointe-Noire. All 16 crew sought refuge in a safe room aboard, according to the cooperation centre. Danish marine fuels supplier Monjasa, owner of Monjasa Reformer, said on Tuesday all communications ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 23 – 29 March 2023

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

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Pirates board Danish-owned ship in Gulf of Guinea

Pirates have attacked and boarded a Danish-owned ship in the Gulf of Guinea and all communications channels with the vessel are down, a spokesperson for shipping company Monjasa said on Tuesday. All 16 crew members sought refuge in a safe room onboard the Monjasa Reformer vessel, the spokesperson said. The Liberian-flagged oil and chemical tanker, which was sitting idle, was attacked on Saturday about 140 miles west of the Republic of Congo’s Port Pointe-Noire. The vessel is operated by Dubai-based Montec Ship Management, which is owned by Monjasa. Montec reported ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 16 – 22 March 2023

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 09 – 15 March 2023

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 02 – 08 March 2023

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

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Piracy down, but need for vigilance remains

Global piracy incidents reported to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre’s might have dropped for the second year in a row, but hot spots for violent attacks against ships and crews remain. The IMB PRC’s latest annual report noted 115 reported incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in 2022, compared with 132 reports in 2021. The total incidents break down into 107 ships boarded, five attempted attacks, two vessels highjacked and one fired upon. But the drop is marred by an increase in the number of robbery ...

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The heightened need to fight piracy amidst the current energy crisis and war in Ukraine

Exactly a year ago, Russia invaded Ukraine. This major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War plunged Europe and the rest of the world into an energy and food crisis. This invasion surprised many who thought that armed conflicts of this degree would nowadays not be possible on European soil. Especially after a global pandemic that had just brought the whole world to its knees by incapacitating the supply chain of goods and raw material. The invasion also triggered a broad awareness among European countries that the continent had for far too ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 22 – 28 February 2023

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

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Piracy trends and high risk areas

Despite reports of global piracy declining for the second year in a row, the number of robbery incidents in the Singapore Strait reached a seven-year high in 2022 and vessels anchored in South American ports continue to be attacked by violent perpetrators. Global piracy and armed robbery numbers decreased in 2022, according to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC). Its latest annual report shows a 13% drop in overall attacks in 2022 compared to 2021, a reduction that is primarily attributed to the decrease in piratical activity ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 15 – 21 February 2023

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

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Israeli-owned vessel attacked in Arabian sea on Feb. 10 -regional security source

At least one Israeli-owned vessel was attacked in the Arabian sea on Feb. 10, a regional defence source said on Friday, in an assault that Iran is assumed to have carried out. The source said drones were likely used and that there were no reports of casualties. There was no immediate comment by Iran, which has rejected accusations it was behind similar incidents in the past few years. The attack came during tension between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear activity and its supply of arms – including long-range ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 08 – 14 February 2023

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 01 – 08 February 2023

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

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