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Seychelles demonstrates how smaller nations can effectively combat piracy

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The Topaz, a Seychelles Coast Guard vessel, abruptly altered its direction in January when it was alerted to a Somali pirate attack on a...

Security guard mother ship Markab visits Cape Town

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The security guard mother ship Markab (IMO 7605691) arrived off Cape Town from Gibraltar on 30 May to take on supplies amid an increase...

Kenya and European Union hold first joint naval exercise

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The longstanding European Union (EU) Naval Force in the Indian Ocean – Operation Atalanta – marked up a first this month when it successfully...

EU naval force frees vessel from pirates off Somalia

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Pirates have tried to hijack a merchant vessel off Somalia, but were beaten back by European warships patrolling the region in the most recent...

Naval leaders stress need for new laws, coordination to fight maritime...

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In August 2023, armed pirates took control of a fishing vessel just outside Sierra Leone’s port. The attack set off a quick response that...

High piracy risk in Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and adjoining...

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The current world maritime hotspot around the Red Sea, northern Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and East Africa saw six incidents at sea reported...

Chrystal Arctic suspects await trial in Seychelles holding facility

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Delivery of suspected pirates to Seychelles authorities five days after an attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden stands as an...

Piracy rears its head once more with another attack in the...

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Half a dozen pirates have been apprehended by Operation Atalanta naval forces after an attempted attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of...

MV Abdullah released by Somali pirates, apparently after ransom paid

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The Bangladesh-flagged Merchant Vessel Abdullah, captured over a month ago by Somali pirates, has been released along with its 23 crew, apparently after a...

Increase in piracy off Somalia a concern

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“Worrying” is the word used by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) to describe the increase to date this year of piracy in the Indian...

Chinese naval task force visiting Mozambique

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Fresh after a stop in Tanzania, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN's) 45th naval escort task force is now visiting Mozambique. On the morning...

Indian Navy rescues another pirated ship

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The Indian Navy has liberated yet another vessel from pirates off the coast of Somalia in the fifth such operation this year. An Indian Navy...

Pirates move Abdullah into Somali territorial waters to avoid rescue attempt

The Somali pirates who captured the bulk carrier Abdullah (IMO 9745598) 600 miles off the African coast have moved the ship close inshore to...

Report: Al-Shabaab extends reach with offer to protect Somali pirates

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After a six-year lull in major attacks, Somali pirates in December attacked four vessels as international navies relocated from the Indian Ocean to the...

Indian Navy retakes MV Ruen from Somali pirates

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In a well-coordinated operation that lasted some 40 hours, the Indian Navy has retaken the ship MV Ruen from Somali pirates, rescuing the 17...

Hijacked merchant vessel Abdullah at anchor off Somalia, crew apparently safe

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At least 12 alleged pirates are confirmed by Operation Atlanta personnel to be aboard the hijacked bulk carrier Abdullah, now at anchor some 600...

Bulk carrier Abdullah highjacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean as...

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Pirates have seized a Bangladeshi-flagged and owned ship, the bulk carrier Abdullah, en route from the port of Maputo in Mozambique. The vessel was...

West Africa’s coast was a haven for piracy and illegal fishing...

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The Gulf of Guinea – a coastal region that stretches from Senegal to Angola – is endowed with vast reserves of hydrocarbon, mineral and...

Houthi militant attacks in the Red Sea raise fears of Somali...

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Renewed attacks on ships by suspected Somali pirates since November 2023 have fuelled fear of a new threat of piracy off the east coast...

Indian Navy rescues another pirated vessel off Somalia

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The Indian Navy has foiled two hijackings by Somali pirates within days, rescuing 19 crew in the latest incident off the Horn of Africa. The...

IMB concerned about first ship hijacking off Somalia in six years

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The just released 2023 International Maritime Bureau (IMB) piracy report notes a slight increase in incidents and expresses concern over the first successful hijacking...

Indian Navy rescues crew from hijacked ship off Somalia

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The Indian Navy has rescued all 21 crew members from the MV Lila Norfolk in the North Arabian Sea after it was boarded by...

EU monitoring hijacked vessel off Somalia

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The European Union Naval Force (EU NavFor) is closely monitoring the hijacked Maltese-flagged merchant vessel Ruen, which remains off the Somali coast. In a statement,...

Somali pirates are back in action but a full scale return...

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An Iranian fishing vessel, Almeraj 1, was reportedly hijacked by Somali pirates in November 2023. According to media reports, the pirates demanded $400 000...

Suspected pirates apprehended off Somalia

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Suspected pirates aboard a hijacked Iranian fishing boat have surrendered to Somali police after being monitored by European Union Operation Atalanta assets. On 22 November,...

Somali pirates strike again as Iranian fishing vessel highjacked

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After a lull of several years, Somali pirates are back in the news with reports of them having successfully attacked and seized an Iranian...

Gulf of Guinea countries join forces to secure maritime domain

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Shipowners operating in the Gulf of Guinea received a piracy alert in late June after a Swiss bulk carrier vessel was boarded and some...

Here’s why Somali piracy, once an unsolvable security threat, has almost...

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In 2011, pirates carried out 212 attacks in a vast area spanning Somali waters, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Gulf of...

Royal Navy Warship HMS Trent strengthens maritime security partnership with Nigeria

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The Royal Navy’s offshore patrol vessel HMS Trent is once again visiting, Nigeria, reiterating its dedication to enhancing maritime security in West Africa. The...

Liberian Coast Guard rescues hijacked Chinese fishing vessel

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The Liberian Coast Guard has rescued 23 crew from a Chinese fishing vessel that was hijacked off the country’s coastline. The Armed Forces of Liberia...

Gulf of Guinea piracy on the up

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There’s concern about an increase in piracy in Gulf of Guinea waters off Africa’s west coast with the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) calling for...

Piracy in West Africa dropped in 2022, but criminals are moving...

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Piracy and maritime crime continued to decline in the Gulf of Guinea last year, largely in response to heightened regional and international anti-piracy efforts,...

Bulker Nyon boarded by pirates off West Africa

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The bulk carrier Nyon is the latest ship to have been attacked by West African pirates after being boarded by four armed men on...

Piracy at lowest level in three decades helps reduce annual ship...

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Maritime piracy is at its lowest level in nearly three decades, with the improved situation in the Gulf of Guinea contributing to the downward...

Where climate harms fisheries, piracy prospers – study

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A new study suggests that climate change is a key factor driving trends in maritime piracy off the coast of East Africa and the...

Africa’s oceans are being protected to serve the interests of big...

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Africa’s valuable ocean resources have drawn the interest of foreign nations, particularly those in the West and Asia. How they exploit these resources can be...

Global piracy incidents continue to decline, including Gulf of Guinea

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Another drop in reported piracy incidents – this time for the first quarter of 2023 – does not mean the threat is over, with...

Another vessel boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea

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The Singapore-flagged tanker Success 9 has been boarded by pirates off the Ivory Coast in the latest attack in the region. Security company Praesidium International...

BIRD Aerosystems maritime patrol aircraft demo for NIMASA nets polluting vessel

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A live demonstration of its Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence and Observation (ASIO) maritime solution by Israel’s BIRD Aerosystems for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety...

Downward trend in piracy continues in the Gulf of Guinea

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Piracy appears to be on the decline with reported incidents in the Gulf of Guinea – long accepted as the world’s piracy hotspot –...

Nigeria and shipping industry launch strategy to eliminate Gulf of Guinea...

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The Government of Nigeria and shipping stakeholders have launched a strategy to end piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG). Despite a...

Piracy incidents at a 28-year low

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Proof that efforts to combat piracy across the world’s oceans are working comes from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), which reports the first half...

ASF to take on continental anti-piracy tasking

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The African Union (AU) go-to when armed reaction is needed to stop insurrection, conflict or other violence on the continent will also be part...

Combating piracy in the world’s most dangerous waters

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The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution on combating piracy in West Africa. Norway and Ghana introduced the initiative and led the...

Feature: Nigerian Navy makes giant strides in Gulf of Guinea operations

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The Nigerian Navy has made great strides over the past few years in its efforts to address maritime insecurity in West Africa and the...

Major decline in West African piracy, but Gulf of Guinea remains...

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Piracy off West African in 2021 declined dramatically – almost by half compared to the previous year – but the region still remains the...

ISS: Is Somali piracy finally under control?

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Piracy off the coast of Somalia has long captivated the attention of the media and governments. But the expiry of the United Nations Security...

USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams completes Gulf of Guinea maritime security patrol

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The US Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB 4) has arrived at Naval Station Rota, Spain, following a successful maritime security...

Gulf of Guinea piracy down

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Just seven piracy incidents were recorded in the Gulf of Guinea, widely seen as the world’s piracy hotspot, in the first quarter of this...

Nigerian Navy, EU to strengthen cooperation on maritime security

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The first ever Joint Event on Strengthening Nigeria - EU Cooperation on Maritime Security was held at the Nigerian Navy’s Western Naval Command in...