IMB: Piracy Incidents Fall But Kidnapping Threat Persists in Gulf of Guinea

Fewer incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea were reported in the first three months of 2019, but risk of kidnappings continue to pose a threat to ship and crews in the Gulf of Guinea, the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre said in its first detailed quarterly report of the year. In the first quarter of 2019, IMB reported 38 incidents of piracy and … [Read more...]

RMS St. Helena to Return as Anti-Piracy Armory in Gulf of Oman

By Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG, April 17 (Reuters) - The RMS St. Helena, Britain's last working postal ship, was for nearly three decades the main source of contact between one of humanity's remotest islands and the outside world. Now the ship, cherished by the 4,500 residents of British-ruled St. Helena, will start a new life as a floating armory, packed with automatic weapons, … [Read more...]

European Union Naval Force Marks 9 Years Fighting Pirates Off Somalia

The European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) on Friday marked the ninth anniversary of its Operation Atalanta, the successful counter-piracy operation that has greatly contributed to curbing Somali-based piracy off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean. During the past eight years, Operation Atalanta’s mission has been focussed on four main aspects. First, it … [Read more...]

Somali Security Forces Urge NATO for More Action on Piracy

By Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO, March 19 (Reuters) - Somali officials whose forces freed a hijacked oil tanker and its eight Sri Lankan crew said on Sunday that NATO ships must do more to prevent the illegal fishing that locals say sparked the latest attack. Last Monday's hijacking was the first time that Somali pirates had successfully hijacked a commercial ship since 2012. … [Read more...]