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Weekly Piracy Security Report - February 15th

Weekly Piracy Security Report - February 9th to 15th

Feb 15 2019

Russia Recommends the Formation of an Anti-Piracy Coalition to the UN

Russia has proposed the formation of an international mechanism, to be placed under the aegis of the United Nations, in order to combat maritime piracy.

Feb 14 2019

BREAKING - Vessel Robbed at Caofeidian Anchorage, China

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates robbed a vessel anchored at Caofeidian Anchorage, China.

Feb 13 2019

BREAKING - Pirates Rob Vessel at Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates successfully boarded and robbed a vessel anchored at Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia.

Feb 12 2019

BREAKING - Pirates Board Vessel in India

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates boarded a vessel in India.

Feb 12 2019

BREAKING - Pirates Board Vessel in Liberia

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates boarded and successfully robbed a vessel in Liberia.

Feb 11 2019

Weekly Piracy Security Report - February 8th

Weekly Piracy Security Report - 2nd to 8th of February

Feb 08 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

Weekly Piracy Security Report - February 1st

Weekly Piracy Security Report - January the 26th to February 1st

Feb 01 2019

MSC Mandy Crew Released from Captivity

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

Jan 31 2019

BREAKING - Pirates Board Vessel at Jingtang Anchorage, China

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after an attempted robbery took place at Jingtang Anchorage, China.

Jan 31 2019

BREAKING - Pirates Rob Vessel Anchored at Abidjan Anchorage, Ivory Coast

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was robbed while anchored off Abidjan Anchorage, Ivory Coast.

Jan 30 2019

More Information on the Three Pirate Attacks that Occurred Last Week off the Coast of Nigeria

New information has come to light, in regard to the three pirate attacks that occurred within the space of 24 hours off the coast of Nigeria.

Jan 29 2019

BREAKING - Third Vessel Attacked Near Brass Terminal Nigeria

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was attacked while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea.

Jan 28 2019

Weekly Piracy Security Report - January 25th

Weekly Piracy Security Report - January 19th to the 25th

Jan 25 2019

BREAKING - Pirates Attack a 2nd Vessel near Brass Terminal, Nigeria.

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was attacked while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea.

Jan 25 2019

BREAKING - Pirates Attack Vessel near Brass Terminal, Nigeria

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was attacked while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea.

Jan 25 2019

BIMCO Calls for International Action to Combat Piracy in The Gulf of Guinea

The world’s largest shipping association, BIMCO, has called for international action in order to combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

Jan 24 2019

BREAKING - Pirates Rob Vessel Anchored off Puerto Jose Anchorage, Venezuela

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was robbed while anchored off Puerto Jose Anchorage, Venezuela.

Jan 24 2019

Weekly Piracy Security Report - January 18th

Weekly Piracy Security Report - January 12th to 18th

Jan 18 2019

BREAKING - Pirates Board Vessel Anchored at Apapa-Lagos Secure Anchorage, Nigeria

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was boarded while anchored at Apapa-Lagos Secure Anchorage, Nigeria

Jan 18 2019

BREAKING - Vessel Robbed While Anchored at Ciwandan Anchorage, Indonesia

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was robbed while anchored at Ciwandan Anchorage, Indonesia.

Jan 17 2019

BREAKING - Vessel Boarded While Anchored off Cao Fei Dian Anchorage, China

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was boarded while anchored off Cao Fei Dian Anchorage, China.

Jan 17 2019

BREAKING - Pirates Board Vessel at Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was boarded while anchored at Lagos Anchorage, Nigeria

Jan 14 2019

BREAKING - Pirates Attack Vessel in Lagos, Nigeria

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was attacked while anchored off Lagos, Nigeria

Jan 14 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

BREAKING - Pirates Attack Vessel off the Coast of Benin

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was attacked off the Coast of Benin.

Jan 02 2019

Weekly Piracy Security Report - December 23rd

Weekly Piracy Security Report – December 15th  to December the 21st.

Dec 23 2018

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

Police in South Africa Arrests Pirate Suspected of Kidnapping

Police in South Africa arrested a 28-year-old Nigerian national in conjunction with the hijacking of the Dutch Cargo Ship, FWN Rapide, earlier this year.

Dec 19 2018

BREAKING - Pirates Attack and Board Vessel in the Gulf of Guinea

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution, after pirates attacked and boarded a vessel in the Gulf of Guinea.

Dec 17 2018

BREAKING - Kidnapping of Four Seafarers in Malaysia

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution, after the potential kidnapping of four seafarers in Malaysia.

Dec 17 2018

BREAKING - Pirates Attack Vessel Traversing Through The Gulf of Guinea

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was attacked off the Coast of Nigeria.

Dec 17 2018

Weekly Piracy Security Report - December 14th

Weekly Piracy Security Report – December 8th to December 14th

Dec 14 2018

Indian Navy Patrol Vessel Seizes Cache of Weapons from Boat off the Coast of Somalia

An Indian Navy Patrol vessel, which has been deployed on an anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden, has seized a cache of weapons that includes assault rifles, machine guns and ammunition, from a boat off the coast of Somalia on December the 7th.

Dec 13 2018

BREAKING - Suspicious Approach Near Bab-El-Mandeb Strait

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was approached by several skiffs near the strait of Bab-El-Mandeb.

Dec 13 2018

Terrorist Group Kidnaps 3 Seafarers in Malaysia

Three crew members of an as-of-yet undisclosed vessel were abducted on December the 5th, in the vicinity of Lahad Datu, Sabah, near the Philippine border.

Dec 11 2018

BREAKING - Pirates Attack Vessel off the Coast of Malaysia

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was attacked off the Coast of Malaysia.

Dec 10 2018

Weekly Piracy Security Report - December 7th

Weekly Piracy Security Report – December 1st to December 7th

Dec 07 2018

BREAKING - Pirates Board and Rob Vessel in Indonesia

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was boarded and robbed while anchored at Merak Anchorage, Indonesia.

Dec 07 2018

BREAKING - Pirates Attack Vessel in the Bight of Bonny

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was attacked in the Bight of Bonny while transiting through the Gulf of Guinea.

Dec 05 2018

BREAKING - Pirates Board Vessel and Assault Crew in Conakry Anchorage

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was boarded while docked at Conakry Anchorage, Guinea.

Dec 05 2018

Pirates Attack Containership off the Coast of Brazil - Authorities Discover Over 400 Kilos of Cocaine Onboard

Danish containership, Cap San Marco, was attacked and boarded by pirates, early in the morning of December the 2nd, as it was approaching the port of Santos, Brazil.

Dec 03 2018

BREAKING - Pirates Attack Multiple Vessels off the Coast of Nigeria

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution when sailing in the Gulf of Guinea; several vessels in the area have been attacked by an unknown number of pirates.

Nov 23 2018

Weekly Piracy Security Report – November 23rd

Weekly Piracy Security Report - Events Reported from November 17th to November 23rd

Nov 23 2018

BREAKING - Pirates Board Vessel in the Bight of Bonny

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was boarded in the Bight of Bonny, off the coast of Nigeria.

Nov 22 2018

BREAKING - Pirates Boarded Vessel Off Lagos, Nigeria

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was boarded off Lagos, Nigeria.

Nov 19 2018

Weekly Piracy Security Report - November 16th

Weekly Piracy Security Report - Events Reported from November 10th to November 16th

Nov 16 2018

REPORT - Suspected Pirate Approach in the Horn of Africa

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was approached by pirates at the Horn of Africa

Nov 15 2018

Space X to Launch Pirate-Tracking Satellites Into Space

Space X is trying to break yet another record by simultaneously launching over 71 small satellites into orbit. Part of the mission, which goes by the name of SSO-A and will be launched on November 19, will be to carry 3 satellites into space that will be used to track illegal activities such as sea piracy, illegal fishing and smuggling.

Nov 13 2018

BREAKING - Pirates Attack Vessel Off the Coast of Nigeria

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was attacked by pirates  near the river Niger.

Nov 12 2018

BREAKING - Pirate Attack in the Philippines

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was attacked by pirates in the Philippines.

Nov 08 2018

BREAKING - Pirates Attack Vessel Near Bonny Island, Nigeria

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attacked a vessel near Bonny Island, Nigeria.

Nov 07 2018

BREAKING - Vessel Robbed Off the Coast of Indonesia

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates robbed a vessel off the coast of Indonesia.

Nov 07 2018

BREAKING - Vessel Attacked in Gulf of Guinea

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to board a vessel in the Gulf of Guinea.

Nov 06 2018

BREAKING - Attempted Boarding Off the Coast of Mozambique

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to board a vessel off the coast of Mozambique.

Nov 05 2018

ADVISORY - Another Suspicious Approach Off the Coast of Yemen

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution when sailing through Bab El Mandeb; a 2nd vessel has been approached by suspicious skiffs. Vessel and crew safe.

Nov 04 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

ADVISORY - Suspicious Approach Off the Coast of Yemen

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution as a Merchant Vessel was approached by 3 suspicious boats near the straight of Bab-Al-Mandab. Crew and vessel are presumed safe.

Nov 02 2018

More Than a Quarter of Seafarers Seeking Support Are Affected by Piracy

The Sailors’ Society’s Crisis Response Network (CRN), provided support to its 100th case this week. According to CRN, piracy, along with death at sea and abandonment, accounted for over 59% of those cases, with piracy being the leading cause for seeking support for over 26% of those supported.

Nov 01 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

EU NAVFOR Destroys Pirate Whaler

In the morning of October the 28th, the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) successfully seized and destroyed a vessel that had been used by Somali pirates to attack the M.V KSL Sydney earlier this month.

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 - More Details on the Vessel Hijacking

More details coming in on the vessel hijacking that took place on October the 29th off the coast of Congo.

Oct 30 2018

BREAKING - UPDATE - Vessel Hijacked Off the Coast of Congo

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

Oct 29 2018

#BREAKING - Two Vessels Attacked Off the Coast of Congo

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attacked two vessels travelling off the coast of Congo.

Oct 29 2018

Changing Threats Demand A Change in Methodology

We can’t ignore the fact that over the past decade there has been a paradigm shift when it comes to threats within the maritime domain, as the threat has shifted from East, to West.

Oct 29 2018

#BREAKING - 2nd Vessel Attacked near Bonny Island, Nigeria

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attacked a vessel near Bonny Island, Nigeria. This marks the 2nd attack in Bonny within 48 hours.

Oct 28 2018

#BREAKING - Vessel Attacked near Bonny Island, Nigeria

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attacked a vessel near Bonny Island, Nigeria.

Oct 26 2018

More Details on the Attack off the Coast of Somalia on the 16th

More details coming in, on the attack that took place off the coast of Somalia, on October the 16th.

Oct 19 2018

#Advisory Attempted Boarding Off The Coast of Nigeria

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after pirates attempted to board a vessel off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria.

Oct 18 2018

#Advisory Vessel Attacked Near Mogadishu

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel is reported to have been fired upon near Mogadishu.

Oct 16 2018

#UPDATE Vessel Released but Crew on Swiss Ship Still Held by Pirates

Confirmation has come in that the Swiss vessel attacked by pirates off Nigeria has been released. The 12 kidnapped crew members are still being held by pirates.

Sep 24 2018

#BREAKING Vessel Under Attack Off the Coast of Bonny, Nigeria

A vessel is currently under attack by pirates off Bonny, Nigeria. Seafarers are warned to avoid the area.

Sep 22 2018

#ADVISORY Vessel Boarded in Lagos Anchorage

Seafarers are advised to transit with extra caution around Lagos Anchorage after a merchant vessel was boarded by pirates in Lagos anchorage yesterday.

Sep 21 2018

#ADVISORY Vessel Attacked by Pirates in Gulf of Guinea This Morning

Seafarers are advised to exercise extreme caution after a merchant vessel was attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea earlier this morning.

Sep 17 2018

BIMCO Security Boss Warns More Needs to be Done to Harden Vessels Against Piracy

The Head of Maritime Security at BIMCO has spoken to trade press and warned that existing standards of vessel hardening are inviting pirates to attack.

Sep 11 2018

Authorities in Africa Vow to Tackle Rise in Piracy

Top officials and governing bodies in Africa have joined together in a pledge to tackle the rising level of piracy in the region.

Aug 27 2018

#UPDATE Missing Tanker Found Off Gabon

A Panama-flagged oil tanker that went missing on the 14th August has been found.

Aug 24 2018

4 Men Kidnapped by Armed Pirates have been Found in Thailand

4 Malaysian men who were abducted by pirates have been found safe in Thailand. The men were part of a crew of 11 fishermen who were attacked on board 2 vessels off Pulau Langgun.

Aug 21 2018

#ADVISORY Vessel Boarded near Onne Port, Nigeria

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel is reported to have been boarded by intruders in the region of Port Harcourt and Bonny.

Aug 21 2018

Suspected Pirate Hijacking as Tanker Goes Missing in GoG

A Panama-flagged chemical tanker is believed to have been hijacked by pirates after communication was lost a week ago.

Aug 21 2018

#UPDATE All Communication Lost With Merchant Vessel Off Libreville

The CSO of a merchant vessel that is suspected to have been hijacked has confirmed that all communication has been lost with the ship and crew.

Aug 15 2018

#ADVISORY Suspected Hijacking at Libreville Anchorage

Seafarers advised to exercise caution after a suspected hijacking on a merchant vessel in Libreville anchorage.

Aug 15 2018

Hardening Measures Help Crew Survive Pirate Attack off Malaysia

Vessels are advised to exercise extra caution if they're transiting near Malaysia after a tug boat came under attack this week.

Aug 13 2018

Is Nigeria the New Piracy Capital?

According to the Global Maritime report on piracy, Nigeria took the lead for levels of piracy in the second quarter of 2018, taking over from notorious hotspot, Somalia.

Aug 13 2018

Russian Missile Frigate Starts Anti-Piracy Mission in Gulf of Aden

One of Russia's Baltic Fleet's frigates has left the port of Djibouti to begin an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden.

Aug 09 2018

Saudi Companies Stop Bab El-Mandeb Transits as Rebels Attack Vessels

Saudi Arabian oil company, Aramco, have stopped all oil shipments through the Bab El-Mandeb Strait after Houthis rebels attacked more ships in their fleet.

Jul 26 2018

#BREAKING Merchant Vessel Attacked in Gulf of Guinea

An urgent advisory has been sent out warning seafarers to exercise caution in the Gulf of Guinea after a report of pirate activity in the area.

Jul 25 2018

#ATTEMPTED BOARDING near the port of Baraawe

Merchant vessel alerts authorities as it faces pirate attack near the port of Baraawe.

Jul 23 2018

#ADVISORY Suspicious Approach Off Ghana

Seafarers have been advised to exercise extreme caution following the attempted boarding of a merchant vessel off the coast of Ghana.

Jul 23 2018

Pirates Attack Crew and Take Hostage in Bangladesh

Pirates attacked the crew of a bulk carrier with knives and took a hostage in Chittagong Anchorage, Bangladesh last night.

Jul 04 2018

#ADVISORY Merchant Vessel Fired Upon off Hanish Islands

A merchant vessel has been fired upon 5 miles south of the Hanish Islands off the coast of Yemen. This is the latest in a spate of attacks as tensions rise between the Houthi movement and the Saudi-led coalition in the region.

Jul 04 2018

#ADVISORY Suspicious Approach Gulf of Oman

Seafarers are being warned to be extra vigilant when transiting through the Gulf of Oman, after suspected pirates approached a merchant vessel there this morning.

Jul 04 2018

#ADVISORY Vessel Boarded at Lagos Anchorage this Morning

Warning issued after a merchant vessel was boarded at Lagos anchorage earlier this morning.

Jul 03 2018

#ADVISORY Suspicious Approach South of Mogagishu

Vessels transiting near Mogagishu are advised to exercise heightened caution after a merchant vessel reported suspicious activity in the region earlier today.

May 30 2018

#ADVISORY Attempted Boarding Lagos Anchorage

Reports just in of an attempted boarding on a merchant vessel in Lagos anchorage last night. Vessels transiting the area are warned to exercise extreme caution.

May 24 2018

Is there a New Piracy HRA?

East Africa and West Africa, both commonly known and accepted as piracy high-risk areas. But in its focus on these targets, has the maritime industry missed an emerging HRA? ARX Maritime Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Josh Hutchinson has written an article about the importance of recognising Latin America as the new HRA.

May 23 2018

#ADVISORY Attempted Boarding off Lome, Togo

Vessels transiting near Lome, Togo have been advised to exercise extreme caution after pirates attempted to board a merchant vessel in the region yesterday.

May 22 2018

Abandoned Qaaswa Crew Return Home After 11 Months

After almost a year stranded on abandoned tanker, Qaaswa, the crew have finally been repatriated.

May 21 2018

Burnt, Beaten & Thrown Overboard by Pirates, a Survivor's Story

In one of the most violent pirate incidents this year, 20 fishermen were attacked with machetes, and burnt with hot oil, before having their legs tied together with weights and thrown overboard to drown. Now, Reuters have interviewed one of the 5 survivors of the attack.

May 18 2018

#ADVISORY Merchant Vessel Attacked off Port Harcourt

Seafarers are warned to exercise extreme caution off the coast of Port Harcourt after confirmation that a merchant vessel was attacked in the region.

May 17 2018

#ADVISORY Attempted Boarding off Port Harcourt

Attempted boarding- PORT HARCOURT. At 1000UTC this morning pirates attempted to board a merchant vessel with 6 people on board. Vessels are advised to exercise extreme caution.

May 08 2018

Nigerian Locals to Fight Back Against Pirates

A group of residents and officials in Akuku-Toru, Rivers state, have vowed to take justice in to their own hands and fight back against pirates if the Government doesn't do more to lower the levels of piracy in their area.

May 08 2018

Maritime Group Blames Cash Carrying Crews for Pirate Attacks

The Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) have said ships carry too much cash are responsible for high levels of piracy.

May 04 2018

Armed Pirates Attack Fishermen in UAE

Reports have come in that an Emirati fishing vessel was fired upon by pirates last week as he was travelling through the Gulf of Oman.

May 01 2018

16 Fishermen Missing After Violent Pirate Attack

16 fishermen are missing after a violent pirate attack in which the men were attacked with machetes and forced to jump overboard with weights tied to their legs. The attack took place on the evening of 27th March, Northwest of South America.

May 01 2018

ForestWave Crew Kidnapped Off Bonny, Nigeria

The crew of general cargo ship, FWN Rapide were kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Bonny, Nigeria on Saturday morning.

Apr 23 2018

WHITEPAPER: Piracy in the Gulf of Aden

Lawrie Clapton is an Intelligence Analyst with a specific interest in Middle Eastern conflict. In light of the recent upsurge in terror related incidents in the region, he has written a whitepaper to give his insight in to the connection between terrorists and pirates, and how war is impacting the level of piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

Apr 16 2018

Whitepapers

The Crisis in Yemen

Lawrie Clapton
Intelligence Analyst

The severe degradation of Yemen’s security, economy and infrastructure has exacerbated a cycle of violence which will likely destabilise the country for years if not decades. This poses a particular risk to the maritime sector, as the deteriorated security situation has reduced the forces available to safely police and secure Yemen’s coastline.

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