Vessel captured by Somali pirates used as mothership for additional attack


*+-According to anti-piracy task force EU NAVFOR, the bulk carrier M/V Sinar Kudus was hijacked by pirates approximately 320 nautical miles North Eas of the island of Socotra in the Somali Basin.  Just hours after her capture, the vessel was boarded by 30 to 50 pirates and used as a mothership for an attack another […]

Libyan tanker hijacked by rebels

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*+-The Libyan state-owned shipping line General National Maritime Transport Company (GNMTC) says that one of its tankers, the Anwaar Afriqya, has been hijacked by group of armed rebels and diverted to the port of Tobruk near the border with Egypt, where it is now berthed. The company says that tanker is carrying a cargo of […]

Pirates hijack bulk carrier in North Arabian Sea


*+-At approximately 0600Z on 28 February, the Bulk Cargo Carrier MV DOVER was pirated approximately 260 nautical miles North East of Salalah in the North Arabian Sea. The Panamanian flagged, Greek owned vessel was on its way to Saleef (Yemen) from Port Quasim (Pakistan) when it was attacked. Details of the attack are not known […]

Breaking News: Merchant Vessel Hijacking confirmed in Arabian Sea – UPDATE

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*+-Just in from the Office of Naval Intelligence – UPDATE Bulk Carrier M/V SININ has been confirmed hijacked at 1548Z on 12 February in position 201409N 0641917E, approximately 286NM east of Masirah Island, Oman. This area will remain high risk for at least the next 24-48 hours.  Mariners are warned to avoid transiting near the area […]

INTERTANKO issues statement on hijacking M/V Irene SL


*+-Editors Note: The following statement was made by INTERTANKO’s Managing Director, Joe Angelo in response to the hijacking of the VLCC Irene SL, with nearly 2 millions barrels of crude oil destined fort he U.S., The hijacking by pirates of 2 million barrels of Kuwaiti crude oil destined for the U.S. in a large Greek […]

Pirates hijack second tanker in two days


*+-EU NAVFOR has reported that at approximately 1000Z on 9 February, the VLCC M/V Irene SL was pirated approximately 350 nautical miles South East of Muscat in the North Arabian Sea. The Greek flagged and owned vessel was on its way to Suez from Fujairah when it was attacked. She has a crew of 25 (7 […]

Tanker hijacked off Yemen

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*+-EUNAVFOR has reported that in the early hours of 8 February, the Oil Tanker MV SAVINA CAYLYN was pirated approximately 670 nautical miles East of Socotra Island in the Indian Ocean.  The vessel was boarded after a sustained attack by one skiff with 5 suspected pirates firing small arms and 4 rocket propelled grenades. The […]

Breaking News – M/V Eagle Hijacked in Indian Ocean

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*+-At 0641Z on 17 January, Cyprus-flagged M/V EAGLE reported being under attack 430nm east of Socotra Island by one skiff with six persons on board.  Vessel was fired upon with small arms and RPGs.  With no citadel, the crew mustered on the bridge and attempted evasive maneuvers.  Pirates gained access to the bridge at 0702Z.  […]

Pirates Seize Saudi Supertanker – M/V Sirius Star

*+-Some pretty good discussion starting in the forum regarding this incident and we will be watching as it developes.  The forum discussion can be found HERE. Via The Associated Press: In a dramatic escalation of high seas crime, Somali pirates hijacked a Saudi supertanker loaded with crude hundreds of miles off the coast of East […]

Danica White Hijacking – ‘Minimum Safe Manning’ Partly to Blame?

*+-Danica White Hijacking by Fred Fry The English translation to the DANICA WHITE hijacking is now available. As previously mentioned, the ship’s crew is partly to blame for the incident, as they failed to maintain a proper watch: If there had been proper lookout from DANICA WHITE, the pirate boats could have been spotted app. […]