Two Crew Kidnapped from CMA CGM Containership Off Nigeria

Another brazen attack off Nigeria as pirates board and kidnap two crew members from a containership underway. The ship has been identified as the Liberian-flagged CMA CGM Turquoise, a 4,360 TEU containership chartered by French shipping company CMA CGM. The International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Center confirmed the attack and kidnappings, reporting … [Read more...]

Piracy in Gulf of Guinea Surges in First Three Months of 2016, Dryad Says

Despite a global reduction of piracy across international waters during the first three months of 2016, piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, including kidnappings for ransom and sabotage, has surged, according to Dryad Maritime's Q1 2016 analysis of reported incidents of piracy and crime against mariners. In South East Asia there has been a 50% drop in reported maritime crime … [Read more...]

Crew Kidnapping Marks Return of West Africa Pirate Attacks

The recent kidnapping of four crew members from a cargo ship off the Niger Delta marks the return of attacks in West Africa and illustrates the uncertainty surrounding maritime security in the region, according to maritime security firm Dryad Maritime.  Dryad reports that the incident occurred on Monday, October 19th when armed pirates attacked and … [Read more...]

Threat of Pirate Attack Remains Very Real – REPORT

Dryad Maritime, the UK-based maritime intelligence firm reports 41 seafarers were taken hostage during the first quarter of 2014 in a report released today. The report notes however, that since the same period last year, rates of maritime crime or piracy incidents have slowed 13 percent across the major hotspots of the world such such the Horn of Africa, Gulf of Guinea and … [Read more...]