Tanker Hijacked Off Ghana -IMB

A Kiribati-flagged tanker has been hijacked by pirates off the coast of Ghana, the International Maritime Bureau has reported. According to the IMB, the 3,232 gross ton MT Hai Soon 6 was boarded and hijacked by a group of 10 heavily armed pirates at 2340 UTC on Friday about 46 nautical miles south of Anloga, Ghana. The vessel was said to be sailing in southeasterly direction … [Read more...]

Tanker Hijacking Part of Broader Pattern, Experts Warn

This weekend’s hijacking of an oil tanker in Southeast Asia follows a broader pattern of crime in the region, security experts warn. As gCaptain reported this weekend, the Thai-flagged MT Orapin 4 departed Singapore laden with fuel oil on May 27, but attempts from the shipowner to contact the vessel a short time later failed, prompting a missing vessel alert and sparking … [Read more...]

New Video Shows 2010 MV Taipan Hijacking by Somali Pirates

The German Navy has released new video showing the 5 April 2010 hijacking of the German containership MV Taipan by pirates some 500 miles off the Somali coast. In the video, filmed by a naval helicopter from the Dutch frigate HNLMS Tromp German P-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft, you can see a pirate skiff approach the vessel at high speed as the crew tried to ward … [Read more...]

Merchant Vessel Reported Hijacked in Red Sea -ONI

Update: Officials report Eritrean forces boarded the vessel, not pirates. Earlier: The U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Intelligence says that a merchant vessel reported being hijacked Saturday approximately 40 NM east of Massawa, Eritrea in the Red Sea. The attacked occurred at 1539Z in position 15:31N - 039:57E, the ONI report says, adding that the area will remain high … [Read more...]