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...]

Somalia Appeals To UN Court in Maritime Spat With Kenya

By Mohamed Sheikh Nor (Bloomberg) Somalia, which has mainland Africa’s longest coastline, plans to pursue its case in a maritime dispute with Kenya at the International Court of Justice next week, Information Minister Mohamed Abdi Maareeye said. The Horn of African nation is trying to capitalize on its natural resources as it seeks to rebuild an economy decimated by … [Read more...]

WSJ: Pirate attacks leave round-the-world sailors with tough choices…

Days before the Quest set off on its doomed trek across the Indian Ocean, Bill Rouse, a Texan attempting to sail around the world, made Quest owner Scott Adam an offer. Pirate attacks had become so intense, that he and a group of yacht owners decided to transport their vessels across the Indian Ocean by cargo ship. Rouse and the others would fly to Turkey to reclaim their … [Read more...]

Somali pirate recieves maximum sentence for role in ‘Maersk Alabama’ hijacking

Convicted Somali pirate, 21-year-old Abduwali Muse, was sentenced today in New York to 405 months, nearly 34 years, in federal prison for his participation in the April 8, 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama container ship in the Indian Ocean and the subsequent taking of the captain, Capt. Richard Phillips, as a hostage.  Muse was also charged for his participation in the … [Read more...]

Maritime Blogger Recaptures ship taken by pirates

Image Credit: USNI Blog Remember when the team of U.S. Marines stormed the tanker full of pirates and took back the ship?  You should, because as we reported earlier, at 5 a.m. local time, a team of 24 U.S. Marines operating under Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151), the task force set up to combat piracy off of Somalia's lawless coast, boarded and seized control of  the … [Read more...]