Somali Pirates Hijack First Commercial Ship Since 2012

By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI, March 14 (Reuters) - Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, Somali authorities said on Tuesday, the first time a commercial ship has been seized in the region since 2012. Security forces have been sent to free the Aris 13, a regional police official said late on Tuesday. "We are determined to rescue the … [Read more...]

Tanker Hijacked in Gulf of Guinea

A tanker with 16 crewmembers and loaded with 5,000 tons of jet fuel has been hijacked in the Gulf of Guinea, Ivory Coast port officials said Monday. According to a statement by officials at the Port of Abidjan, the Panamanian-flagged ITRI was seized last Wednesday by gunmen as the vessel was preparing to offload its cargo at the Ivory Coast Port. The ITRI, which was last … [Read more...]

Greek Tanker Goes Missing in Gulf of Guinea

A Greek-operated gasoline tanker went missing along with its crew and cargo from the waters around Ivory Coast over the weekend, the vessel's Greek manager said Monday. The Orfeas was anchored off Abidjan, the main port of Ivory Coast, when it sailed south in the early hours of Saturday morning "without orders or explanation," Grace Management SA said in a statement, adding … [Read more...]

Pirates Hijack Oil Tanker Off Togo Coast, Vessel Confirmed as ENERGY CENTURION [UPDATED]

UPDATE 4: The ENERGY CENTURION has been released. Read more...  UPDATE 3: Vessel located off coast of Nigeria still under control of pirates. UPDATE 2: The identity of the vessel has been confirmed as the ENERGY CENTURION by Greece’s Merchant Marine Ministry. UPDATE 1: The vessel in question has been unofficially identified as the ENERGY CENTURION, a 74,998 dwt … [Read more...]

MT Smyrni Hijacking Update

Details of Thursday's hijacking in the Arabian Sea of the MT Smyrni are starting to trickle in, including information about the vessel and its crew.  The hijacking marks the first successful attack of first successful attack on an oil tanker by Somali pirates since February 2011 and was the culmination of an alarming string of attacks over the last few days carried out by … [Read more...]