Missing Vietnamese Oil Tanker Believed Hijacked

MT Sunrise 689 (c) MarineTraffic.com

By John Boudreau and Mai Ngoc Chau Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- A Vietnamese oil tanker missing for five days may have been hijacked after sailing from Singapore last week, say maritime officials searching for the vessel. The Sunrise 689 vanished from radar at 1:21 p.m. Vietnam time on Oct. 3, about 20 hours after leaving the city-state, according to Dao Van Quang, chairman and … [Read more...]

Gulf of Guinea Piracy Expected to Increase Ahead of Election, Experts Warn

Map shows all the piracy and armed robbery incidents reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre during 2014. Click to view

By Ole Mikkelsen COPENHAGEN, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Piracy will increase in the Gulf of Guinea as Nigeria prepares for an election next February in order to funnel ransom money into campaign financing, intelligence experts told a shipping conference in Copenhagen on Tuesday. Risk Intelligence, which advises private shipping companies and governments on security, said two … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Tanker Goes Missing Off Singapore

MT Sunrise 689 (c) MarineTraffic.com

A Vietnamese oil tanker is now missing after departing Singapore late last week enroute to Vietnam, sparking fears that the vessel has been pirated. According to a Dow Jones report, the MT Sunrise 689, owned by Haiphong Fisheries Shipbuilding Joint Stock Co., went missing 40 minutes after it left a Singapore port at 6 p.m. local time on Thursday, October 2, a Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Oil Majors, Shipping Companies Donate Funds to Help Fight Somali Piracy From Shore

Trainees in Ely, Somalia participate in a vocational training as part of the Joint Shipping Initiative funded UNDP "Alternative Livelihoods to Piracy in Puntland and Central Regions of Somalia" programme. The programme has trained over 500 Somalian youths in a range of skills to equip them for a life other than piracy. Photo (c) Royal Dutch Shell

The Shell-initiated "Joint Shipping Initiative" has announced the donation of $1.5 million in funds to a United Nations Development Program aimed at fighting Somali piracy by tackling the root of the problem onshore in Somalia. The UNDP's "Alternative Livelihoods to Piracy in Puntland and Central Regions of Somalia" project aims to reduce piracy off the coast of east Africa … [Read more...]

Somali Pirates Fight Over Ransom After Release of Journalist

Photo: IMO

By Feisal Omar MOGADISHU, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Six people were killed in central Somalia in a gunfight over a supposed ransom payment tied to the release this week of a German-U.S. journalist held hostage in Somalia for more than two years, police said on Thursday. The journalist, Michael Scott Moore, 45, was kidnapped by armed militia in the city of Galkayo in January … [Read more...]

U.S. Joins ReCAAP Anti-Piracy Council

File photo courtesy U.S. Navy

WASHINGTON – The United States on Tuesday became 20th nation to join the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP). Established in 2006, ReCAAP’s mission is to enhance regional cooperation through information sharing, capacity building and cooperative arrangements in combating piracy and armed robbery against ships in … [Read more...]

TIME Video: The History of Piracy in Asia

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In this short clip, Time Magazine contributor Adam McCauley takes a look at the history of piracy in Asia from the 19th century pirating of Dutch and British ships to the piracy landscape of today. The clip notes that from 1995 to 2013, while most of the attention was focused on piracy in Africa and more specifically off the coast Somali, pirate gangs in Asia killed more than … [Read more...]