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UPDATE - 17 Seafarers Kidnapped from Douala Anchorage, Cameroon

More information has come to light regarding the kidnapping of the 17 seafarers off Douala Anchorage, Cameroon that occurred during the early morning hours of August the 15th.

Aug 19 2019

BREAKING - UPDATE: Seafarers Kidnapped -Pirates Attack Two Vessels in Douala Anchorage, Cameroon - August 15th 2019

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attacked two vessels near Douala Port, Cameroon, kidnapping their crew in the process.

Aug 15 2019

Paksoy-1 Crewmembers Released after a Month in Captivity

The 10 seafarers abducted from the Turkish-flagged General Cargo Ship Paksoy 1 on July 13th have been released by their captors following a ransom payment.

Aug 14 2019

10 Seafarers Kidnapped from General Cargo Ship Transiting in the Gulf of Guinea

The Turkish-flagged, General Cargo Ship, PAKSOY 1 was the victim of a pirate attack during the evening hours of June the 13th, while the vessel was transiting through the Gulf of Guinea.

Jul 17 2019

Five Indian Seafarers Finally Released after Months in Captivity

After more than two months in captivity, the five Indian seafarers that were kidnapped off the Palau-flagged Oil Tanker, MT Apecus on April the 19th have been released.

Jul 02 2019

Nigerian Pirates Demand $1M to Release the Crew of the MT APECUS

The Nigerian Pirates who took the crew of the Palau-flagged Oil Tanker, MT APECUS hostage, have demanded one million dollars in exchange for their release.

May 23 2019

Crew Kidnapped at Bonny River's Inner Anchorage - April 20th 2019

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates kidnapped the crew of a vessel anchored at Bonny River's Inner Anchorage.

Apr 23 2019

Pirates Hijack Vessel in the Bight of Bonny - April 9th 2019

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates hijacked a vessel off the coast of Nigeria.

Apr 12 2019

Pirates Attack Third Vessel Transiting near Brass Terminal, Nigeria - 1 Dead, 5 Seafarers Kidnapped - March 9th 2019

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attacked a third vessel transiting south of Brass Terminal, Nigeria, kidnapping 5 seafarers in the process.

Mar 13 2019

BREAKING - Pirates Kidnap Three Seafarers in Togo

Maltese-flagged Chemical/Oil product tanker, Histria Ivory, was transiting south of Lome, Togo, when she was attacked by pirates. As a result of the attack, three crew members were kidnapped.

Mar 05 2019

BREAKING - Crew Kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates kidnapped the crew of a vessel transiting through the Gulf of Guinea.

Feb 04 2019

MSC Mandy Crew Released from Captivity

The six kidnapped crew members of the MSC Mandy have been released from captivity.

Jan 31 2019

UPDATE - 2 - Pirates Kidnap Seafarers off the Coast of Benin

An update on the kidnapping that took place off the coast of Benin on January the 2nd.

Jan 09 2019

BREAKING - UPDATE - Pirates Kidnap Seafarers off the Coast of Benin

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel had its crew kidnapped while sailing off the Coast of Benin.

Jan 03 2019

Abducted Crew Released by Pirates

The crew of the Pomerania Sky, the Libyan-flagged containership that was attacked in late October by pirates off the coast of Nigeria, has been finally released.

Dec 20 2018

UPDATE - Vessel Hijacked on October the 29th - Released

Update on the status of the vessel that was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Congo on October the 29th. Vessel has been released and is now safe.

Nov 02 2018

ESSCOM on Alert - High Risk of Kidnappings in the Philippines

The Philippine Coast Guard has issued warnings to vessels travelling in the Philippines, following reports indicating that the Abu Sayyaf militant pirate group (ASG) is planning to conduct kidnappings in the area.

Oct 31 2018

Crew of the Swiss Cargo Ship ‘Glarus’ Released

The 12 crew members of the Swiss cargo ship, MV Glarus, who were originally kidnapped in Nigeria in mid-September, were released on the 26th of October according to Swiss authorities.

Oct 30 2018

Pirates Board Ship Off the Coast of Nigeria – 11 Crew Kidnapped

Pirates boarded a containership sailing off the coast of Nigeria, capturing 11 crew members in the process, on the morning of October the 28th.

Oct 30 2018

#Update - Switzerland Opens Investigation into MV Glarus Hijacking in the Midst of Ongoing Ransom Negotiations

With ransom negotiations still ongoing, Basel’s public prosecutor has opened an investigation into the kidnappings of the 12 missing crew members of the bulk carrier Glarus.

Oct 22 2018


Strait at Risk - What if Iran Blockades the Strait of Hormuz?

I. Vlad Sutea
Intelligence Officer

As the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open sea, the Strait of Hormuz is the world’s most important hydrocarbon chokepoint, accounting for almost 40 percent of global energy transport. While Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz in the past, recent attacks in the adjacent waters have heightened fears of an Iranian blockade. Although the likelihood of armed conflict in the region remains low, the possible impact of hostilities is far too serious to ignore.

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