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Somali Pirate Sentenced to 12 Years by German Court

 A German court sentenced a Somali asylum-seeker to 12 years in jail on Thursday, for his involvement in the pirate hijacking of a tanker in the Indian Ocean in 2010.   The judge in the Osnabrueck court in northern Germany said the man was guilty of kidnapping and severe extortion. The ship was released for a ransom of $5.5 million after eight months in the hands of Somali pirates.   "After four months of extensive evidence gathering, the court is convinced that the 44-year-old Somalian was a leading member of the pirates who kidnapped a chemical tanker," said the court in a statement.   The man was not named. German courts do not usually provide the full names of defendants. The Marshall Islands-flagged "Marida Marguerite" was seized by pirates firing automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades south of Oman in May 2010. Of the tanker's 22-member crew, most were from India. One testified at the trial. The court agreed with prosecutors who had argued that the man was a leading member of the pirate gang, that he had taken important decisions on board, had a lot of responsibility and at times led the group.   During the hijacking, the crew were subjected to torture, including mock executions, said the court. A shot was fired next to the captain's head.


Pirates Hijack Loaded Saudi Oil Tanker

According to an Associated Press report, Somali pirates hijacked a Saudi supertanker loaded with crude hundreds of miles off the coast of East Africa — defeating the security web of warships trying to protect vital shipping lanes. The takeover demonstrates the bandits' heightened ambitions and capabilities: Never before have they seized such a giant ship so far out to sea. Maritime experts warned the broad daylight attack, reported by the U.S


Two Ships Seized Off Somali Coast

According to a Jan. 2 report from Voice of America News, authorities say Somali pirates have hijacked a British-flagged cargo ship transporting cars and a chemical tanker from Singapore. The cargo ship Asian Glory was reported to have been hijacked along with 25-member crew late on Jan. 1, about 1,000 kilometers east of Somalia. Earlier that day pirates were also reported to have seized the chemical tanker Pramoni in the Gulf of Aden


The Pirate Surge That Never Was

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  In September 2011, as the monsoon began to blow itself out, there were grave warnings from a number of sources and analysts that the shipping industry could expect to see a significant surge in pirate activity as conditions in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean became more favorable. Captain Keith Blount, chief of staff with EU NAVFOR, told the press1, “I think we are going to see a surge in piracy because we always have done at  this time when the southwest monsoon abates and


Liberian Investigation Affirms Tanker Hijacking

Kerala (Photo: Greek World Reporter)

Liberia continues its active investigation of the hijacking of the Liberian-flagged product tanker, Kerala, (IMO No.: 9390927), at Luanda, Angola on January 18, 2014, and although the investigation is still ongoing, the evidence gathered thus far by the INTERPOL Incident Response Team has allowed the Liberian Registry to conclude that the vessel was hijacked by pirates. Liberia, in cooperation with the vessel owners, requested the attendance in Tema, Ghana


Piracy Shifts to Western Africa

Photo: EnGarde

As international cooperation brings increasing pressure on more the traditional pirate trade in east Africa, there is mounting evidence that Western Africa, from Guinea-Bissau south to the Congo has become a new hotspot for the pirate trade. While the movie “Captain Phillips”, a story about Somali pirates hijacking the Captain of the container ship Maersk Alabama, played in theaters around the world, the International Chamber of Commerce, International Maritime Bureau


Piracy Plague: "Flourishing" Piracy Up 57%

Cutlasses have been traded in for AK47s and galleons for high-powered speedboats, but pirates are still thriving and, according to a report released on Thursday, the international piracy business is flourishing. Piracy worldwide rose by 57 percent with 469 attacks recorded last year, a 10-year high, said the report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). "There's been a sudden emergence of attacks in the Malacca Straits and the Red Sea


French Navy Thwarts Hijackings

According to a Jan. 4 report from Radio Netherlands Worldwide, French sailors have thwarted two attempts to hijack ships in the Gulf of Aden. The French intervened when Somali pirates tried to enter two cargo ships, one sailing under the Croatian and the other under the Panamanian flag. Nineteen pirates were arrested and handed over to the Somali authorities. The French authorities had already prevented an attack on another Panamanian ship in the straight between Somali and Yemen three days ago


Pirates Attack 2 Ships in Indian Ocean

On the early morning of October 22nd 2009, 400 nautical miles east of Mombasa, Kenya, pirates attempted to hijack MV Jolly Rosso. Almost at the same time, MV Al Khaliq, a Panama flagged bulk carrier reported being under attack 180 nautical miles west of the Seychelles. MV Jolly Rosso, an Italian flagged Ro-Ro Cargo ship (200m and 31000 tons) was attacked by two small skiffs. The pirates opened fire with automatic fire and also fired 3 Rocket Propelled grenades at the ship


U.S. Marines Storm Pirate-Held Ship off Somali Coast

According to a report from AP and VOANews.com, The U.S. Navy said Marines stormed a pirate-held ship off the coast of Somalia on September 9 and reclaimed control of the vessel. The U.S. Fifth Fleet said the Marines boarded and seized the German-owned MV Magellan Star, capturing nine alleged pirates who hijacked the ship the day before.  No injuries were reported. (Source: Associated Press, Voice of America News)


Hijacked Tanker Returns Minus $8M of Diesel

MT Kerala (Photo: Greek World Reporter)

Reuters - An oil tanker hijacked for a week off Angola in January has been returned to the country's authorities, a board member at state oil firm Sonangol said on Tuesday, adding that the hijackers had stolen diesel worth $8 million from the ship.


Latest Piracy Analysis from OPINTEL

Piracy Horn of Africa incident map courtesy of OPINTEL

The latest US Maritime OPINTEL analysis and weekly report that follows covers the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Guinea.  Horn of Africa Area OMAN: On 6 March, three suspicious white skiffs approached a merchant vessel near position 22:27.1 N – 060:29


IMB Warns of West Africa Piracy Threat

Parate arrest: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

The ICC International Maritime Bureau is asking ships to be extra vigilant when transiting West Africa as piracy in the region becomes a growing concern. Since the beginning of the year, one vessel, MT Kerala, has been hijacked and six were boarded in West Africa


Security at Sea on Agenda at Upcoming SMM Hamburg

Image courtesy of SMM

At the forthcoming SMM maritime trade fair in Hamburg in September 2014 experts will present new security concepts for sea routes. Background Security at sea is improving: In recent months, pirate attacks on commercial ships have been repelled successfully with increasing frequency


NATO Counter-piracy Frigate Boards Pirate Skiff

Photo: NATO

NATO’s counter-piracy Operation Ocean Sheild warship UPS Hetman Sagaidachny of Ukraine boarded a skiff with seven suspected pirates aboard in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). As the Ukrainian boarding team approached


Hijacked Vessel Nears Return to Service

Free Goddess (Photo: Reuters)

FreeSeas Inc., a transporter of dry-bulk cargos through the ownership and operation of a fleet of Handysize and Handymax vessels, announced that it has entered into terms with the insurers of M/V Free Goddess pursuant to which the sum of $1.1 million will be paid by the insurers to the company


EU to Lead International Counter Piracy Efforts in 2014

From the January 1, 2014 the European Union will assume for one year the chairmanship of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) with Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) as EU chairperson


Mass Gulf of Aden Pirate Attack Foiled

Pirate arrest: File photo

An attempt by pirates to hijack an Iranian oil tanker in international waters has been foiled by the timely action of Iranian warships present in the region, reports Iran's FARS News Agency, citing Admiral Siyavash Jarreh. Admiral Jarreh added that the Iranian oil tanker was escorted by a


IMB: Somali Pirate Clampdown Caused Piracy Decline

File Photo: captured pirates off of Somalia.

Piracy at sea has reached its lowest levels in six years, with 264 attacks recorded worldwide in 2013, a 40% drop since Somali piracy peaked in 2011, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said.  


Somali Piracy Down, But Not Out

International Maritime Bureau reported that piracy is at a six year low, but maritime security company GoAGT said now it is not the time to lose focus on security, especially with a serious attack on two ships occurring just a month ago. Nick Davis, CEO of the company, said


Vessel Guards Thwart Somali Pirate Attack

Dryad Maritime Intelligence have today confirmed the first piracy attack of 2014 which saw an attack launched by Somali pirates south of Salalah in the late hours of January 17. The news comes hot on the heels of the latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) annual report on piracy and maritime


UPDATE: Vessel Feared Hijacked Still Missing off Luanda

Dryad Photo: suspected pirate vessel underway.

Suspected pirate vessel off Angola. Dryad Maritime - a UK-based maritime intelligence firm - says situation has not changed since yesterday.   Dryad Maritime is warning of the possible hijack of a Liberian flagged tanker MT Kerala.  The vessel, owned by Dynacom Tankers


Missing Tanker Found; Account of Pirate Attack Disputed

M/T Kerala vanished on January 18 off Angola; Angolan Navy says hijacking faked. The Angolan Navy is claiming that the crew of an oil tanker reported missing off its coast on Jan. 18 were part of faked pirate attack. Separately, a regional security expert who declined to be named for the


Hijackers Release Tanker, Dynacom Says

The oil tanker reported missing on January 18 at Angola, Luanda Anchorage was allegedly released by hijackers, according to a statement from the vessel's owner, Greece-based Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd. The Liberian-flagged MT Kerala was hijacked by pirates who stole a large amount of cargo


Two Found Dead on "Captain Philips" Ship

File Photo: Maersk Alabama

According to multiple published reports including Reuters, two U.S. security workers were found dead on the Maersk Alabama, a ship made famous by the Hollywood movie "Captain Phillips" in 2013. The two men apparently were found dead in a cabin on board the vessel in the afternoon of


 
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