Nigerian Pirates Kidnap 12 From Swiss Bulker

by Michael Shields (Reuters) - Pirates kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss merchant vessel on Saturday in Nigerian waters, the ship’s operator said in a statement. Kidnapping for ransom is a common problem in parts of Nigeria. A number of foreigners have been kidnapped in the last few years in the southern Niger Delta region, source of most of the crude oil which is … [Read more...]

Shell Says Nigeria Attacks Persist Even as Oil Output Recovers

By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo (Bloomberg) -- Nigeria’s oil wells may be flowing again, but the country’s largest operator says attacks continue to put a brake on output. “Security in parts of the Niger delta remains a major concern with persisting incidents of criminality, kidnapping and vandalism as well as onshore and offshore piracy,” said Igo Weli, general manager for external … [Read more...]

Pirate Attacks Grow in South America and Caribbean, Report Shows

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, May 23 (Reuters) - Pirate attacks around South American and Caribbean waters are growing, and violence is increasingly used during robberies committed on vessels at anchor, a report showed on Wednesday. The Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) non-profit group recorded 71 incidents in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017, a 163 percent increase over … [Read more...]

Oceans Beyond Piracy: Maritime Piracy Doubled Off East Africa in 2017

The number of piracy incidents doubled off the coast of East Africa in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the annual State of Piracy report released today by One Earth Future (OEF)’s Oceans Beyond Piracy program. The report analyzes the human and economic impacts of maritime piracy and robbery at sea in the Western Indian Ocean Region, the Gulf of Guinea, Asia, and Latin … [Read more...]