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EU Naval Force Captures Nine Suspected Pirates Off Somalia

As piracy off the coast of Nigeria and in the Gulf of Guinea continues to dominate headlines in 2013, this latest update from the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Somalia – Operation Atalanta reminds us that although incidents of piracy … 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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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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Piracy Still a Clear and Present Danger in Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean

The European Union Naval Force Commander reminds yacht and leisure craft owners that piracy is still a clear and present danger in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. Rear Admiral Potts, who is the operation commander of 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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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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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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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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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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Yemeni Man Pleads Guilty in Murder of Quest Crew

There’s still a long way to go in making the waters safe again, but it’s always good to see another pirate facing sentencing. A Yemeni man pleaded guilty to piracy on Thursday for his role in the hijacking of a … Continue reading

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Pirate Hostages Update

We’ve had requests for updates on some of the pirate hijackings that have occurred over the past year, and Noonsite.com has just posted updates on the status of the release of the crews of the s/v Choizil and the s/v … Continue reading

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Three Pirates in Quest Attack Plead Guilty

While we are happy to see an admission of guilt, the possibility of a lighter sentence and deportation back to Somalia seems like nothing more than a slap on the wrist and the setting free of people who are certain … Continue reading

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In Harm’s Way

The report on Tuesday morning of the capture of a Danish flag cruising boat in the Arabian Sea near Socotra that was crewed by four adults and three children is yet another tragedy. This incident of piracy comes on the … Continue reading

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