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First Pirate Attack of the Year Leads to a Warning for Cruisers

If there was any doubt that the Gulf of Aden was clear of pirates and it was again safe for sailing boats, this week’s report from the EU Naval Force operating in the region should dispel any thought of sailing … Continue reading

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Venezuela Pirate Attack: First Person Report from Victims

On Wednesday, November 13 SY Explorer, on passage from Trinidad to Puerto La Cruz, was boarded by pirates 5nm from the Venezuelan coastline on approaching the Paria Peninusula. Here, courtesy of noonsite.com, skipper Robert (Bob) Jackson reports on this frightening … Continue reading

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Pirates Go on Rampage in the Bay of Bengal

Pirates in the Bay of Bengal are believed to have killed as many as 31 fishermen in a brazen attack on three trawlers on March 25. According to reports, the Bangladesh Navy and Coast Guard launched a joint operation on … 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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Pirates Seize French Tanker Off Ivory Coast

Suspected Nigerian pirates have hijacked a French-owned Luxembourg-flagged tanker along with its 17-member crew off Ivory Coast, Ivorian officials and the International Maritime Bureau said on Monday. The Gulf of Guinea area is second only to the waters off Somalia for piracy and there has … Continue reading

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Somalia: Puntland Troops Rescue Hostages on Hijacked Ship

In a siege that lasted nearly two weeks, forces of Somalia’s semiautonomous Puntland region raided a hijacked ship Sunday and safely rescued 22 hostages who had been held captive for nearly three years, authorities said. The Puntland government said their forces captured the … Continue reading

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Flotillas May Offer Bigger “Target” for Pirates

Yachtsmen who organize convoys for safety before sailing through waters adjacent to Somalia are more likely to attract a pirate attack than those voyaging solo, says NATO maritime experts. The NATO Shipping Centre is concerned that a reduction in revenue sources … Continue reading

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Piracy Attacks Drop to Zero for First Full Month in Five Years

There has been no successful hijack since June 19, when a fishing dhow was seized, and no ship has been fired upon or a boarding attempted since June 26, when a Maltese-flagged cargo ship was attacked, according to data from … Continue reading

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American Cruisers Assaulted Near Bocas del Toro

A pair of armed and dangerous assailants brutally attacked an American couple last night aboard their sailboat anchored in the “South Anchorage” of the Bocas Marina, next to Isla Colon in the province of Bocas del Toro in the Republic … Continue reading

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Chandlers Return to Sailing after Pirate Horror

The British couple held hostage by Somali pirates for more than a year are planning to continue their sailing adventures. Rachel and Paul Chandler said they had the support of family and friends who raised half a million pounds of … Continue reading

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Kidnapped Cruising Sailors Free After 20 Months in Captivity

They’re FREE! Cruisers around the world will be jubilant to learn that Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari, sailors kidnapped by Somali pirates almost two years ago, have been freed! This was announced by Somalia’s Defence Minister this week. The couple, … Continue reading

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EU Naval Force Delivers Blow Against Somali Pirates On Shoreline

For the first time in the long, sad, tragic story of Somali piracy which has virtually stopped all cruising sailors from entering the once popular Gulf of Aden route to the Med, the EU Naval Force last month made a … Continue reading

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Pirate Attacks Up in West Africa and Indonesia

While piracy in some areas is down, it is disheartening to know that the threat of piracy has become a problem over more widespread of an area. One hundred and two incidents of piracy and armed robbery have been reported … Continue reading

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Somali Pirates Release Civilian After Ransom Paid

While wonderful news for the Tebbutt family, we expect that the ransom payment only encourages more kidnappings, and there are still so many more people that need to be rescued. British woman Judith Tebbutt, 56, has been released after being … Continue reading

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Pirate Threat Causes Dire Situation for India’s Only Marina

Talk about bad for business… The threat of Somali pirates along the Gulf of Aden continues to have an adverse impact on Kochi. Signs are still ominous for Kochi International Marina, the country’s first and only marina. With only one … Continue reading

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Pirates Pick Wrong Victims and Pay for It

Are pirates getting dumber? This group of them certainly made a big mistake when they decided to attack a bunch of Spanish Marines. The group of pirates made their attack on January 12th while the flagship SPS PATINO was in … Continue reading

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Britain Changes Laws in Stand Against Pirates

This might not affect the average cruiser, but it’s an interesting move in recognizing the need to take a stand against pirates. All UK-registered vessels — including superyachts — can now employ armed guards to defend themselves against pirates in … Continue reading

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After Monsoon Season Somali Pirates Are Ready as Ever to Attack

Somali pirates are preparing for a new raiding season, taking advantage of the calmer seas after the monsoon period as their ties with Islamist rebels come under closer scrutiny. The end of the monsoon also heralds the season for brave … Continue reading

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Dekker Sets Out on Most Dangerous Leg of Voyage

It’s hard to believe this picture is for real! The irony is not lost on us that just days before Laura Dekker set off on the most dangerous leg of her circumnavigation, she cheerfully celebrated her 16th birthday with a … Continue reading

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One Hostage Rescued, One Killed in Pirate Attack Off Yemen

We aren’t sure how many more times it needs to be said, but we’ll keep saying it. Stay out of this area of the ocean. We know it’s not fair that the pirates are getting what they want, but is … Continue reading

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