EU NAVFOR flagship ESPS Galicia maintains counter-piracy watch off coast of Somalia

EU NAVFOR flagship ESPS Galicia maintains counter-piracy watch off coast of Somalia

Spanish warship, ESPS Galicia, is currently operating off the coast of Somalia as part of the European Union’s efforts to deter piracy, protect World Food Programme vessels and to provide reassurance to merchant …
May 22, 2017 /  Piracy
Update: Somali pirates release hijacked tanker Aris 13, crew without ransom

Update: Somali pirates release hijacked tanker Aris 13, crew without ransom

Somali pirates released a hijacked oil tanker and its eight Sri Lankan crew on Thursday, a Somali security official and the pirates said, bringing the first hijacking since 2012 to an unusually swift conclusion without …
Mar 17, 2017 /  Piracy
EU Naval Force Confirms Fuel Tanker Has Been Pirated off North Coast of Somalia; Pirates demand ransom

EU Naval Force Confirms Fuel Tanker Has Been Pirated off North Coast of Somalia; Pirates demand ransom

Pirates off the coast of Somalia, who hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, are demanding a ransom for the release of the vessel, the EU Naval Force said. The pirates seized the Comoros-flagged …
Mar 15, 2017 /  Piracy
Saudi Arabia calls for tougher policies to prevent maritime crimes

Saudi Arabia calls for tougher policies to prevent maritime crimes

Saudi Arabia’s efforts to promote regional and international cooperation to achieve security and maritime safety are the focus of a conference taking place in Jeddah. Delegates also explored the piracy threats off …
Jan 12, 2017 /  Piracy
ECSA: Operation Atalanta continues to keep the coast of Somalia safe

ECSA: Operation Atalanta continues to keep the coast of Somalia safe

The European Community Shipowners' Association (ECSA) welcomes the European Council’s decision of 25 November to extend the mandate of Atalanta, the European Union’s counter-piracy operation along the East …
Nov 30, 2016 /  Piracy
Piracy still a threat off Somalia despite successes: UN official

Piracy still a threat off Somalia despite successes: UN official

The threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia looms large despite significant gains made against it, says a UN official. Andrew McLaughlin, the Program Officer in charge of Global Maritime Security at the UN Office on …
Nov 21, 2016 /  Piracy
EU Naval Force Operation Commander Reinforces Need for Vigilance at Sea as Chemical Tanker Attacked by Suspected Somali Pirates

EU Naval Force Operation Commander Reinforces Need for Vigilance at Sea as Chemical Tanker Attacked by Suspected Somali Pirates

The Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force (Somalia), Major General Rob Magowan CBE, has reiterated the need for continued vigilance at sea after a chemical tanker, CPO Korea, was reported as being attacked by six …
Nov 8, 2016 /  Piracy
Maritime agency calls for tough actions to end piracy off Somalia

Maritime agency calls for tough actions to end piracy off Somalia

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has urged liners navigating through the Somali coast to continue with counter piracy measures despite a reduction of incidents. Secretary-general Kitack Lim called on …
Oct 13, 2016 /  Piracy
Multi-Ship refueling keeps Operation Atalanta warships on patrol

Multi-Ship refueling keeps Operation Atalanta warships on patrol

Operation Atalanta’s warships are deployed off the coast of Somalia to ensure that the pirate attacks that terrorized seafarers in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden for a number of years are not allowed to …
Jul 29, 2016 /  Naval
Japan Extends Anti-Piracy Mission off Somalia For Another Year

Japan Extends Anti-Piracy Mission off Somalia For Another Year

Last week, Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani announced that the Japanese government has extended Japan’s participation in a multinational counter-piracy mission in the Gulf of Yemen and off the coast of …
Jun 24, 2016 /  Piracy