Body of Kidnapped ‘Royal 16’ Captain Found in the Philippines

Authorities in the Philippines have recovered the remains of a Vietnamese ship captain who was kidnapped from a bulk carrier by the Abu Sayyaf militants over a year ago. The captain, identified as Pham Minh Tuan, was among six people kidnapped from the MV Royal 16 as it sailed in Philippine waters off Basilan island on November 11, 2016. Another crew member was shot during … [Read more...]

Malaysia Foils Tanker Hijacking, 10 Pirates Arrested

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Malaysian authorities thwarted the hijacking of a Thai oil tanker on Thursday and arrested 10 suspected Indonesian pirates on board the ship, a maritime security agency commander said. A special team from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) stormed the MT Tanker MGT1, off the coast of the northeastern state of Terengganu, nearly … [Read more...]

One Killed, 7 Abducted in Pirate Attack in Southern Philippines

MANILA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Gunmen in southern Philippine waters killed one crewman of a Vietnamese vessel and abducted seven in what appeared to be the latest attack by pirates in the area, the Philippine coastguard said on Monday. Coastguard and marine soldiers rescued 17 Vietnamese who were part of the 25-man crew of MV Giang Hai, which was attacked on Sunday evening near … [Read more...]

Shipowners Avoid New “Pirate Hotspot” in Waters West of the Philippines

By Keith Wallis SINGAPORE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - A surge in piracy to the west of the Philippines is forcing shipowners to divert vessels through other waters, stoking their costs and extending the time it takes to transport goods such as Australian iron ore to key Asian destinations. There have been 16 attacks since last March on ships in the Sulu and Celebes Seas, through … [Read more...]

Pirates Attacking Bigger Ships Off Philippines for Ransom Money

By Keith Wallis SINGAPORE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Asian pirates are focusing more of their attacks on larger merchant ships near the Philippines, hoping for bigger ransom payments from kidnapping their crew, the head of a regional anti-piracy body said on Friday. The region's pirates have changed tactics since October, to target some of the biggest ships travelling through … [Read more...]