Sailor Killed During Gun Battle With Pirates Off Nigeria

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-+*A merchant sailor was killed during a shootout between maritime security forces and pirates last night aboard the Medaillon Reedererei-owned product tanker SP Brussels. During the exchange of gunfire, two of the pirates were killed by the armed guards and one other crew member sustained minor injuries.  The ship was carrying a crew of 17 plus […]

14 Pirates Storm “City of Xiamen” Containership, 5 Crew Taken

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-+*ABUJA, April 29 (Reuters) – Pirates have kidnapped five crew members from a cargo ship off Nigeria, the vessel’s management company said on Monday, part of a growing trend of attacks that are pushing up maritime insurance costs in the Gulf of Guinea. A Russian and a Polish citizen were among those taken hostage when […]

Iranian Security Team in High Seas Shootout with Somali Pirates [VIDEO]

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-+*An Iranian security team proves once again that the best defense against pirate attack, is a well-armed security team in this undated video. 9 Somali pirates are captured by what appears to be Iranian shipboard security forces. 6 pirates are allegedly killed in the attack. Please note: We are unable to confirm the source of […]

Russians Shoot Fisherman in the Face While He Was Making Dinner

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-+*The Nordic Fighter tanker was sailing south in the Red Sea under oppressive summer heat as Mohammed Ali Quanas headed west to catch kingfish on Aug. 3, 2011, the last day of his life. Dressed in a blue t-shirt and a traditional Yemeni red patterned skirt, Quanas began cooking the evening meal for the seven […]

Abu Dhabi Star Hijacked Off Lagos, Promptly Released [UPDATE]

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-+*UPDATE 2: The MT Abu Dhabi Star has been released after pirates fled when approached by the Nigerian navy, Reuters reports. The vessel was released without incident or harm to crew. “Definitely their intent was to steal the oil, but we don’t yet know if they were successful,” a Nigerian naval official said. UPDATE 1: […]

And In Other News…Floating Mine Found off Florida Beach, What?

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-+*Not sure how we didn’t catch wind of this at the time, but this past February, an unidentified spherical object made of steel with little pointy spikes was spotted floating off Dania Beach, Florida. Soon after the discovery, the beach and all roads going toward the beach were shut down as police, US Coast Guard, […]

Can You Imagine Being Stuck Inside a Shipping Container for 20 Days? [UPDATE]

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-+***UPDATE** The latest word is that after exhaustive searching and x-rays of the containers on board, no stowaways were found by port authorities today in Newark, NJ. The following is the original article posted this morning: US Coast Guard inspectors encountered a rather unsettling situation early this morning while conducting a random inspection of the […]

BW Maritime Loses Contact with Product Tanker off Togo

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-+*BW Maritime believes their product tanker, BW Rhine, has been captured off Togo.  Here’s a statement made by the company. On 28 April 2012, BW Rhine, a 75,678 dwt product tanker built in 2008 and operated by BW Maritime, was forcibly removed from her safe anchorage position off Lome, Togo. The vessel was laden at […]

Product Tanker Reported Hijacked Off Togo in Gulf of Guinea

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-+*A product tanker has reportedly been hijacked yesterday in position: 06:01.14N – 001:20.2E, correlating to Lome Anchorage, Togo. The owners of the product tanker anchored off Lome, which has yet to be identified, received a phone call from the ship’s Master who appeared to be under duress. According to an International Maritime Bureau Report, “The […]

Piracy Update: Fishing Vessel Hijacked, Arabian Sea Remains Sketchy

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-+*The following is the summary of global piracy for the week of 19-25 April and weekly piracy warning, via Office of Naval Intelligence. YEMEN: Fishing vessel hijacked on 21 April underway at 15:20 N – 052:12 E 17nm South of Ras Fartak, Yemen. Somalia pirates hijacked a fishing vessel and two of her skiffs underway. […]

USS John Paul Jones Rescues Crew from Burning Stolt Valor Tanker [IMAGES]

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-+*By U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs ARABIAN GULF – Guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Baranof (WPB 1318) rescued 24 Filipino mariners in Arabian Gulf, March 15. At approximately 2 a.m., local time, John Paul Jones, assigned to Combined Maritime Forces’ Commander, Task Force 152, responded […]