Iran, Ukraine, North Korea Show Ship Seizures Are the New Normal

By Leonid Bershidsky (Bloomberg Opinion) --The seizure of a number of ships in recent months tells an uncomfortable story. In today’s multi-polar world, countries can grab other nations’ vessels and get away with it. It’s not just Iran’s detention of the U.K.-flagged Stena Impero in retaliation for the seizure of one its own tankers by Britain. In recent months, other … [Read more...]

Madagascar Seizes Panamanian-Flagged Ship with Chinese Crew

ANTANANARIVO, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Madagascar on Wednesday said it had seized a Panamanian-flagged ship with Chinese crew in its waters and said the vessel, that authorities had tracked for some time, was being used to plunder its resources. Prime minister Christian Ntsay told a press conference in the capital Antananarivo the ship had "crisscrossed the territorial seas of … [Read more...]