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 two armed guards at the time of … [Read more...]

COSCO Asia Containership Attacked in Suez Canal

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CAIRO, Aug 31 (Reuters) - A "terrorist" staged an unsuccessful attack on a container ship passing through the Suez Canal on Saturday, in an attempt to disrupt the flow of ships through the waterway, the head of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Memish said. The Suez Canal is a key global shipping line which is secured by the armed forces. "One of the terrorist elements has … [Read more...]

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 the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged MV City of Xiamen container … [Read more...]

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 the video, the ship involved, or timeframe of … [Read more...]

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 other men in the narrow, rented skiff as the sun leaned toward the … [Read more...]

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: The hijacked vessel has been identified as the 51,069 … [Read more...]

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, and a US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal team rushed to the … [Read more...]