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...]

Seamen’s Church Interviews MV Iceberg 1 Piracy Survivors

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The Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) Douglas B. Stevenson, Director of SCI’s Center for Seafarers’ Rights, recently sat down with former hostages from the MV Iceberg 1 in Accra, Ghana to hear about their experiences and how they find life two years after their release from Somali pirates. The Panama-flagged MV Iceberg I was hijacked by pirates in March 29, 2010 while … [Read more...]

Ailing Enrica Lexie Marine to Return to Italy for Medical Treatment

Massimiliano Lattore was part of a government assigned security detail aboard the Enrica Lexie when the shooting occurred. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

NEW DELHI, Sept 8 (Reuters) - The Indian government will not prevent an ailing Italian marine facing murder charges from returning home for medical treatment, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday. Massimiliano Lattore is one of two Italian marines being held over the 2012 shooting of two fishermen mistakenly believed to be pirates, in a case that has soured … [Read more...]

Pirates Attack Tanker Off Ivory Coast

The approximate location of the Aug. 27 attack plotted on IMB's 2014 Live Piracy Map.

ABIDJAN, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Armed pirates robbed an petroleum products tanker near Ivory Coast's port of Abidjan, a maritime agency and a private security advisor said on Wednesday, in an indication of the increasing mobility of Nigeria-based gangs. The raid on the tanker came just a day after two failed pirate attacks that occurred just hours apart in waters off Nigeria's … [Read more...]

Pirates Hijack Thai Oil Tanker Off Malaysia

V.L. 14 courtesy ReCAAP ISC

A pirate gang operating in Malaysian waters hijacked an oil products tanker on Thursday off the small of island of Pulau Tioman before making off with the ship's cargo, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery reported Friday. An incident report from the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre said that a group of six armed pirates approached … [Read more...]

Gulf of Guinea Piracy: Open Ocean Ambush Seen As “Game Changer”

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An open ocean attack on a product tanker in Gulf of Guinea reminiscent of Somali piracy could represent a significant change for pirates operating off the coast of West Africa, maritime intelligence firm Dryad Maritime warns. Early on Saturday morning, August 9, a product tanker transiting south approximately 200 miles off the coast of Nigeria detected a pirate mother ship … [Read more...]