Nigeria: pirates still kidnapping merchant crew

While Nigeria’s Joint Task Force congratulates itself in the media for capturing a number of vessels involved in oil theft (but no news on prosecutions), the real crime against mariners continues with virtually no media coverage whatsoever. Obviously, during negotiations for hostages, publicity isn’t helpful, but the attacks themselves often go unreported and unrecorded, giving a dangerously false impression of regional security. Continue reading

Five Emirati boats attacked by Iranian marine patrols

Ahmed Shaaban

Two marine patrols even thrashed the fishermen, including the boat owner; RAK fishermen society seeks authorities to take legal action. Continue reading

New pirate waters, Danish shipping companies’ big fear

By Johanne Hesseldahl Larsen

When you look out over the sea at the entrance to the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, it is easy to see why piracy is a big problem. Continue reading

Tanker hijacked in SE Asia

ReCAAP reports that pirates hijacked the MT Oriental Glory on May 15th at around 0600 LT in Southeast Asia, taking the total for the year so far to nine ships taken by armed pirates in order to siphon their cargoes.  Continue reading

Nigeria: Navy confiscates 30 ships over oil theft

By Lucia Edafioka

The Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy has said that 30 ships, tugboats and baggies were confiscated in the last six months following the activities of criminals, including illegal oil bunkering, on the waterways in the states under its authority. Continue reading

Fisherman shot at by maritime security personnel near Bombay High

Ateeq Shaikh

A fisherman was “accidentally” shot by maritime security personnel, on Sunday at Bombay High in Arabian Sea, while fishing close to oil rigs. Continue reading