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While Piracy is Drastically Down in Somalia, Avoid West Africa

Somali piracy has fallen to its lowest levels since 2006, focusing attention on violent piracy and armed robbery off the coast of West Africa, the International Chamber Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB)’s global piracy report revealed on Monday. Worldwide, … Continue reading

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Three Somalis Convicted Of Piracy, Murder in S/V Quest Attack Off Oman

Three Somalis were convicted on Monday of piracy, kidnapping and murder in the 2011 shooting deaths of four Americans sailing in the Indian Ocean off of Oman and could face the death penalty, according to court documents. The three men … Continue reading

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EU Pledges $47 Million to Fight Piracy in Africa

The EU has pledged some $47,77 to strengthen counter piracy efforts in several Eastern and Southern African countries, the European Commission announced Tuesday. The money comes through support for the support for the Program to promote Regional Maritime Security (MASE), part of … Continue reading

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Six People Taken from Oil Vessel off Nigeria coast

Gunmen attacked a vessel off the coast of Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta, kidnapping six foreigners in an area that has become increasingly dangerous for oil companies and shippers, a police official said Wednesday. Three Ukrainians, two Indians and a Russian were … Continue reading

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Notorious Somali Pirate Quits: Now is Shipping Safe?

The retirement of the pirate leader Mohamed Abdi Hassan, also known as “Afweyne,” has generated much media coverage, but the real significance of his announcement is the indication it gives of how Somalia’s pirates currently view their business model. It … Continue reading

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Dutch Warship Destroys Pirate “Mother Ship”

Somali pirates may not be as active as they once were in the waters off of east Africa, but they still pose a significant danger to anyone who crosses their path. As a group of alleged pirates learned today, however, AK-47s … Continue reading

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Sailing Yachts Still Vulnerable to Pirate Attacks in the Indian Ocean

The advice of the Maritime Shipping Centre-Horn of Africa (MSCHOA), NATO Shipping Centre, UK Maritime and Trade Organization (UKMTO) and MARLO remains that sailing yachts should avoid transiting  the High Risk Area (HRA) in the Indian Ocean for the foreseeable future. The … Continue reading

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Somali Piracy: Dramatic Drop in Incidents

It’s good news that there are, for the first time, no cruising sailors in the hands of Somali pirates, and better news that the International Maritime Bureau reports this week a six month drop in world piracy, primarily due to … Continue reading

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Salvador, Brazil: Security Alert for Visiting Yachts

In the past two weeks there have been 4 reported armed boardings and robbery of foreign yachts in Salvador, Brazil. The thieves have taken cash, electronics and other valuable items. All these boats were anchored outside the two marinas in … Continue reading

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Honduras: Doublehanders Boarded and Robbed by Pirates

On Saturday 2nd June, an American husband and wife team were quietly sailing off the coast of Honduras, bound for Utila, when their boat was boarded and they were subjected to a terrifying ordeal. Below is a very brief summary. … Continue reading

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