Somali Piracy Risk Still High, Warns UN

The hijacking of a tanker off Somalia’s coast shows the threat pirates still pose to one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, a risk that may also hamper the Horn of African country’s efforts to explore for offshore oil and gas, a United Nations official said. “This is absolutely a return of piracy,” Alan Cole, head of the UN’s Global Maritime Crime Programme, … [Read more...]

Somali Pirates Release Hijacked Tanker

(Reuters) Somali pirates who seized a Comoros-flagged oil tanker have released the ship and its eight Sri Lankan crew, bringing the first hijacking since 2012 to an unusually swift conclusion without the payment of a ransom. The release followed a gunfight earlier on Thursday between the pirates and the marine force, and then intensive negotiations between the marine force, … [Read more...]

Pirates Exchange Gunfire Aboard Hijacked Vessel

By Abdiqani Hassan (Reuters) Somali maritime forces have exchanged gunfire with the hijackers of an oil tanker in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the head of the maritime force said on Thursday. The incident raised fears that hostages could have been hurt in the crossfire. This is the first time Somali pirates have taken over a commercial ship since 2012 … [Read more...]

Somali Pirates Hijack First Commercial Ship Since 2012

By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI, March 14 (Reuters) - Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, Somali authorities said on Tuesday, the first time a commercial ship has been seized in the region since 2012. Security forces have been sent to free the Aris 13, a regional police official said late on Tuesday. "We are determined to rescue the … [Read more...]

EU NAVFOR Confirms Fuel Tanker Pirated off North Coast of Somalia

A Comoros-flagged bunker tanker with eight crew members has been pirated off Somalia's north coast, the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation Atalanta has confirmed. The EU NAVFOR says it received positive confirmation from the master of the Aris 13 that his ship and crew are currently being held captive by a number of suspected armed … [Read more...]