Piracy Special Advisory: Vessel Hijacked Off Oman Coast [UPDATE]

***UPDATED*** This just in from Neptune Maritime Security... Further to our earlier notice concerning this hijacking (please see below), MSCHOA has confirmed the hijacked vessel as being the MV Leila. The Panama-flagged Ro/Ro cargo vessel is owned and operated by New Port Cargo & Shipping of Dubai, United Arab Emirates and was built in 1973. In 2009, the vessel was … [Read more...]

Pirates Move South: Recent Attacks A Cause For Concern

A recent pair of attacks in the Mozambique Channel spark fears that pirates may be moving further South than expected.  By David Rider, Neptune Maritime Security The International Maritime Bureau had previously warned of potential activity in the area and, ironically, on the day of the first attempted attack (as described by the IMB's Live Piracy Reporting Centre), … [Read more...]

Piracy’s Emerging Market: The Gulf of Guinea

- By David Rider, Neptune Maritime Security Despite the best efforts of the world's navies and EU NAVFOR in particular, piracy in the Indian Ocean/Gulf of Aden and Red Sea areas shows no sign of abating. Quite the contrary, according to a report released by the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre in July this year. Of the incidents reported, over sixty … [Read more...]