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  • 3 April 2017

    Somali pirates hijacked a small boat with a crew of 11 Indian sailors off the coast of Somalia and are demanding ransom for their release, The Associated Press reported on Monday. According to AP, who cited Graeme Gibbon Brooks of Dryad Maritime, the vessel was heading from Dubai to Bosaso, Somalia when it was taken […]

  • 12 June 2017

    Piracy hotspots in the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb strait will see an increased presence of warships following the recent uptick in pirate attacks, international naval organization Combined Maritime Forces announced. The organization noted that the decision was made in reaction to increasing threats in the important maritime region. In addition to several attempts at piracy, […]

  • 5 April 2017

    The Spanish Orion Air Contingent XXVII, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Manuel Arozamena Sanz, has completed a successful four month tour with Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia. During a ceremony held at their current base in Djibouti, the contingent handed over their duties to Detachment XXVIII, commanded by Lieutenant t. Colonel Bayardo Abós. The […]

  • 4 January 2017

    Philippine Navy and Coast Guard forces prevented Abu Sayyaf pirates from hijacking a general cargo vessel east of Basilan Island, the Philippines on Tuesday. According to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, six armed persons in a speed boat chased and fired upon the vessel. The Oceanic Shipping Lines owned ‘MV Ocean Kingdom’ was en route to Davao […]

  • 5 April 2017

    Following the pirating of an Indian registered cargo dhow off the coast of Somalia on Saturday 1 April 2017, EU NAVFOR once again reiterates the need for vigilance to all ships transiting the piracy high risk area. Vessels are strongly recommended to adhere to self-protection measures laid down in the Best Management Practices 4 (BMP4) […]

  • 2 June 2017

    In the second attack on commercial vessels in just two days, pirates attempted to hijack oil tanker MT NAVIG8 Providence in the Arabian Sea on June 1. The incident, confirmed by EU NAVFOR, took place in the Gulf of Oman as the MT NAVIG8 Providence was sailing 100 nautical miles east of Muscat. According to the European counter-piracy military […]

  • 30 November 2015

    Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency (NIMASA) ordered the rescue of crew members abducted on the Polish cargo vessel MV Szafir on November 28. The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Haruna Baba Jauro has directed a full-scale investigation and search for the captain and four crew members of a Polish […]

  • 19 July 2017

    The Nigerian Navy has prevented a hijacking attempt of a general cargo ship 16 nautical miles of the coast of Bonny, Nigeria. The attack took place on July 13, according to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre. Six attackers initially succeeded in boarding the vessel whose crew retreated to the citadel once the alarm was raised. The […]

  • 24 July 2012
    Training & Education

    Calmer waters seem to be on the horizon as the threat from Somali pirates is withering, NATO’s counter-piracy commander said, warning that the international forces shouldn’t lower their guard before the threat is completely removed. Speaking in figures, in the first half of 2012 the number of Somali pirate attacks equaled to 69, a 32% […]

  • 13 June 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships from the Combined Maritime Force and EU NAVFOR staged a counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden early June, honing interoperability and coordination to combat piracy. EU NAVFOR ships and aircraft from Italy, Spain and Germany operated alongside US, Korean and Japanese warships of CMF from June 6 to 8. They worked towards developing […]

  • 4 April 2017

    EU Naval Force can confirm that an Indian registered cargo dhow was seized by suspected pirates on 01 April and is now in the vicinity of Hobyo, Somalia. An EU Naval Force maritime patrol aircraft has confirmed the exact location of the dhow and has attempted to establish radio communications but without success. Investigations and […]

  • 7 September 2017

    The ReCAAP ISC received a report about a piracy incident occurred on a Thai-flagged Product Tanker MGT 1. The tanker was underway from Rayong port, Thailand to Andaman sea where the incident took place at about 2100 hrs on 6 Sep 17 at 54 nm east of Kuala Dungun, Kuala Terengganu, West Malaysia, at position […]

  • 14 November 2013

    More than 200 participants including representatives from African nations, the shipping industry, legal experts and NATO discussed the continuing threat of piracy off the eastern African coast at an international conference held in Djibouti this week. The meeting was the 15th Plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the coast of Somalia. It was […]

  • 7 July 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    On Friday 4 July 2014 Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen, who is the Force Commander of the EU’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia, met with his counterpart, Rear Admiral Cho Young-joo from the Combined Task Force 151.   During the meeting, which took place on board the Republic of Korea Ship (ROKS) […]

  • 25 September 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Interdepartmental and international Maritime Exercise OXIDE 2015 is currently underway in Richards Bay, South Africa, during the period from September 21 to October 2. The Exercise, held between the South Indian Ocean French Forces, stationed at La Reunion, and the South African National Defence Force every two years, is part of an effort of protecting trade routes in the […]

  • 4 March 2013
    Training & Education

    After navigating the Suez Canal and Bab-el-Mandeb strait, ESPS Rayo joined EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta on Tuesday 26 February.  Having completed her first patrol in the Southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, the Spanish warship is currently alongside Djibouti, together with EU NAVFOR flagship, ESPS Méndez Núnez. With an […]

  • 16 May 2013

    The revelation this week that the owner of an Algerian cargo ship whose crew was held by Somali pirates paid them $2.6 million in ransom is yet another indication that the rewards these denizens reap for their illegal, life-threatening work remain a serious stumbling block to ending maritime organized crime, AdvanFort Company President and COO […]

  • 25 April 2012
    Training & Education

    One hundred and two incidents of piracy and armed robbery have been reported for the first quarter of 2012, with dangerously increasing numbers in West African waters, according to figures released today in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) global piracy report. In total, 11 vessels were reported hijacked worldwide, with […]

  • 19 August 2011

      Piracy attacks are escalating in the Gulf of Guinea, endangering the future of one of the world’s emerging shipping hubs and highlighting… (voanews) [mappress] Source: voanews, August 19, 2011;

  • 1 June 2017

    Three men in a skiff approached a Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker in the southern Bab-el-Mandeb strait and opened fire on it on May 31, EU NAVFOR has confirmed. The vessel’s master reported that the attackers fired three rocket-propelled grenades, before breaking off the attack. The onboard armed security team fired warning shots forcing the skiff to move away, […]

  • 25 October 2015

    During a series of mutual cross-deck visits, staff members from Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 had a good opportunity to meet with their counterparts from Japan and CTF 465, the European Union Naval Task Force, in the Gulf of Aden. Commander CTF (CCTF) 151, Rear Admiral Ayhan Bay, said: We are operating in this part […]

  • 17 May 2017

    The crew of Indian Navy ship ‘Sharda’ prevented a piracy attack in the Gulf of Aden on May 16. According to the Indian Navy, the Sukanya-class patrol vessel received a distress call from Liberian-registered bulk carrier MV Lord Mountbatten which reported an attempted piracy attack 230 nautical miles South-West of Salalah. Two suspicious mother vessels with 7-8 skiffs were involved […]

  • 8 November 2013

    Just a few weeks after the Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant, issued another warning about the on-going piracy threat, there have been two more piracy related incidents off the Somali coast. The first incident happened on Tuesday 5 November, when EU Naval Force German frigate, FGS Niedersachsen prevented 10 […]

  • 28 November 2014

    The Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Major General Martin Smith MBE, visited the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr Koji Sekimizu, at the IMO headquarters in London on Wednesday 26 November. Meeting to discuss the current situation off the Horn of Africa, the two leaders agreed that Somali-based piracy remains a […]

  • 28 February 2013

    On 24 February 2013, whilst on counter piracy patrols in the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) the Force Commander of EU NAVFOR, Rear Admiral Pedro García de Paredes, met with the Commander of the NATO counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield, Rear Admiral Antonio Natale. The meeting between the two force commanders was an opportunity to discuss […]

  • 27 April 2017

    A Somali pirate that took part in the attack on U.S. Navy dock landing ship USS Ashland in April 2010 was sentenced to life plus 10 years in prison, the U.S. Justice Department announced April 26. Mohamed Farah, 31, of Somalia, was sentenced for engaging in piracy and committing other offenses pertaining to the attack on […]

  • 22 May 2013
    Industry news

    The EU will provide some €37 million to strengthen the fight against piracy in several Eastern and Southern African countries through support for the Programme to promote Regional Maritime Security (MASE). In the past decade, the level of maritime insecurity in the region’s waters has become the highest in the world, undermining development and affecting […]

  • 23 December 2011

      A 150,000 dwt suezmax tanker owned by Nordic American Tanker Shipping was attacked by pirates, but has come out of the encounter safely. The attack happened on Monday, but news of the incident emerged only today (Fri), when the US Navy disclosed that it had intercepted nine Somali pirates after they had fired on […]

  • 22 January 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    On 21 of January, the Force Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Guido Rando, hosted on board his flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, the Commander of the Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151), Rear Admiral Wanich Pakorn. Rear Admiral Pakorn was accompanied by his Public Affairs Officer, Commander Komol Kongboonrak, and the First Secretary […]