Piracy off west Africa increases sharply

Source: The Guardian, 12 August 2011
By David Smith, Africa correspondent

Number of incidents in waters of Nigeria and Benin fuel fears region's pirates could pose similar risk to shipping as Somalia's pirate attacks off the coast of west Africa have increased sharply, figures show, raising fears that the region could emulate Somalia as a menace [...]

NMS Report Highlights Continued Somali Piracy; New Threat in Gulf of Guinea

Source: Insurance Journal, 11 August 2011

A report compiled by David Rider of Neptune Maritime Security points out that, despite the “best efforts of the world’s navies and EU NAVFOR in particular, pirate attacks continue in the area off the Horn of Africa- Somalia, the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. [...]

Ships increasingly turning to armed guards to combat piracy

Source: Homeland Security Newswire, 19 May 2011

To stem the rapidly growing number of pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean, more shipping companies are turning to armed guards; last year attacks off the Somali coast hit an all-time high with forty-nine ships hijacked along with 1,016 crew members; to combat the growing threat of piracy an [...]

Somali piracy costs $8.3bn a year, report says

Source: BBC News, 13 May 2011

Piracy off the Somali coast costs the international community up to $8.3bn (£5.1bn) a year, a new report from the Geopolicity consultancy estimates. That sum could reach $13-15bn by 2015, it says. It calculates that a pirate can earn up to $79,000 a year.

"Given the supply and demand for piracy [...]

Spain sentences Somali pirates to 439 years' jail each

Source: BBC News, 3 May 2011

A Spanish court has sentenced two Somali pirates to 439 years in jail each for their role in the hijacking of a tuna fishing boat.

The two men have been detained in a Madrid jail since they were caught after the attack in late 2009.

The court said government-linked bodies had paid [...]

We’re firing blanks in the war against piracy

Source: The Telegraph, 12 April 2011
By Praveen Swami

Heavily armed Somali pirates took 1,016 hostages last year.

In the autumn of 1816, Admiral Lord Exmouth arrived off the port of Algiers with five ships of the line, and orders to use nothing but shot to negotiate with the city’s pirates. In the battle that followed, [...]

US deaths show growing pirate violence in hijackings

Source: BBC News, 23 February 2011.
By Will Ross

It may be some time before we learn the exact details of the incident that saw four Americans hijacked and killed by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman.

Accounts vary, and the American military says the pirates fired first - a rocket propelled grenade.
Shots were then [...]

Anti-pirate attack guidelines being ignored, UN says

Source: BBC News, 29 January 2010

The majority of ships being hijacked off the coast of Somalia are ignoring safety advice, UN piracy experts say.

Carl Salicath, chairman of the UN group on piracy, told the BBC up to 25% of vessels passing through the Gulf of Aden are ignoring the UN's guidelines.

"Commercial ships following these practices [...]

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