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    ArrrrrrrrrrrrrrPirates

    Since piracy seems to be really heating up. especially off Somalia, this looks like as good a time as any to start a seperate thread to keep track of the news stories. This one comes from Rueters:

    Danish ship and crew hijacked off Somalia-official[indent]
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    NAIROBI, June 3 (Reuters) - Somali hijackers have seized a Danish cargo ship and its five Danish crew in the latest case of piracy plaguing waters off the lawless Horn of Africa nation, a Kenyan maritime official said on Sunday.

    The Donica White was carrying building materials from Dubai to Kenya's Mombasa port when gunmen boarded it late on Friday, Andrew Mwangura, director of the Mombasa-based East African Seafarers Assistance Programme, told Reuters.

    "We expect a ransom to be demanded in the next three to four days, and we expect it to be high because the crew were all Danish nationals this time," Mwangura said.

    Four other ships -- an Indian dhow and three fishing vessels from Taiwan and Tanzania -- are currently being held by Somali pirates, who have made the Indian Ocean corridor off their homeland among the most dangerous waters in the world.
    Story at http://today.reuters.com/News/Crises...ryId=L03535763

    Comment: Africa appears to be a real hotbed for this sort of thing right now, especially in off some of these failed states where the asserted governments and the criminal gangs are one and the same. Don't be too shocked at any connections to terrorist cells and organizations either. This is where the money is and where there's money, you'll find terrorists out to get their share.

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    From The Sydney Morning Herald:

    Somali pirates kill ship crew member[indent]
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    Somali pirates holding a Taiwan-flagged fishing vessel have killed one of its crew members because the ship's owners were not giving in to demands for a ransom, a Kenyan maritime representative said.

    The pirates killed their captive on Saturday and have threatened to take the life of another if their demands are not met, said Andrew Mwangura, director of the Kenyan-based East African Seafarers Assistance Program.

    The ship, named Ching Fong Hwa 168, was captured in mid-May and had two Taiwanese and 14 Chinese crew members on board.
    Story at http://www.smh.com.au/news/World/Som...809414506.html

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    Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Hope the pirates are caught before anymore of the crew is killed. I feel for those fishermen. Seems Pirates are always thought of as romantic but they were really brutal thieves.

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    >>Hope the pirates are caught before anymore of the crew is killed.<<

    I don't think the problem is finding them. Everybody knows who they are and where they are. The problem is that the people who have the resources to do something about it and the willingness to use same don't have jurisdiction. The ones who have nominal jurisdiction...which is to say the local milities, warlords and criminal gangs who claim to be the "Legitimate" government...have a vested interest in not molesting them. (Who do you think is providing the financing?)

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    Shiver me timbers

    Those pirates have been busy little bees.
    Last week they took a cargo ship with a Danish crew and also an Indian plus two Tanzanian crews as well. Article says all are currently being held. Hope everybody comes out alive. My Mom's Great-Grandfather was from Denmark. That hits close to home. Hopefully The United Nations call for aid will be heeded and put a stop to shenanigans like this.

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    I caught a story on Fox news claiming that thr USS Carter Hall fired warning shots across the bow of the Danish vessel. I don't know what good that will do, but at least the Navy is there. Now if only the top dogs will let them do something.

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    Hope they do something soon. Maybe with the Navy there it will scare the pirates to back down a bit so at least they won't kill anymore hostages. Unfortunately it could accelerate the killing of the hostages. Looks like we'll have to wait and see. Thanks for keeping us informed Michael.

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    I don't think the pirates are afraid of the U.S. navy at the moment, otherwise the encounter with the Carter Hall might have had a nice outcome for the Good Guys.

    It's not enough to just have a navy, the government which operates it needs to be willing to use it effectively.

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    I was hoping that their presence would intimidate the pirates but that probably won't happen. Well the Government better start using the navy effectively soon. Those Men can't save themselves. Times ticking away too. Seems all we can do is pray and wait. Thanks for keeping us informed about whats happening with this situation, Michael.

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    From PR Inside.com:

    Danish sailors on ship hijacked off Somalia doing well, officials say[indent]
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    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - The Danish crew of a cargo ship that was hijacked in international waters off the coast of Somalia is being treated well, Denmark's Foreign Ministry said Friday.
    «According to the information we have, we have no reasons to believe that they are not doing fine,» said Lars Thuesen, head of the
    Danish Foreign Ministry's consular department.
    Story at http://www.pr-inside.com/danish-sail...ff-r147740.htm

    Comment: Notice that the headline didn't say they were being treated well. Only that they were doing well.

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    [indent]
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    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP)
    The USS Carter Hill called off its pursuit after the pirates navigated the Danica White into Somalia's territorial waters.
    P***

    Sounds like its bilarkie time. I hope the crew is holding up well. I feel for their families and hope their soon home again. Stupid Pirates. Don't mess with the Danes. They weren't called Vikings or the Horde of the North back in the day(8th century) for nothing. Ok so it's been a while.
    I hope the shipowners are getting the $$$ ready.
    But if wishes were horses, beggers would ride.
    Thanks for the link to the article Michael.

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    From The Gaurdian:

    Guns, grenades and GPS: the brutal reality of Somalia's hi-tech pirates[indent]
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    The two small vessels were travelling across the Indian Ocean at high speed, their occupants wielding rocket-propelled grenades, AK47s and machine guns. Within minutes, they had gained on the bulky container ship. As he stood on the bridge of the MV Rozen, Captain Priayantha Perera sounded the alarm. He knew what was coming: pirates.
    The Somali pirates who threw a pipe ladder on to his deck and boarded his ship went on to hold him and his 11 crew hostage at gunpoint for 41 days. The captives were released last month after a ransom, believed to be around $100,000 (Ł50,000), was paid.

    Piracy off the coast of Somalia is on the rise again. Last month, pirates seized two South Korean fishing vessels and are currently holding their crew hostage. Another gang attacked a cargo ship, the Ibn Younis, but the captain managed to outrun them. In another attack, pirates killed a guard who was among those sent to intercept an attempted hijack of a UN food aid ship.
    For the rest of the story, go to 2100605%2C00.html,http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,2100605,00.html

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    I see those Pirates are keeping busy unfortunately.

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    >>I see those Pirates are keeping busy unfortunately.<<

    Unless the governments of the world get their act together, I expect this problem is going to get a lot worse, especially in those essentailly lawless areas such as Somalia. There's money to be had here from selling of stolen cargos to ransom and as long as that situation applies, there will be pirates!

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    From Reuters:

    Somali gunmen release hijacked Indian dhow[indent]
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    NAIROBI, June 22 (Reuters) - Somali pirates have released an Indian merchant ship after holding it for a month, but four others were still being held, a maritime official said on Friday.

    The MV Nimatullah, a dhow with 14 Indian crew members and a cargo of 800 tonnes seized close to Mogadishu on May 24, was free and its crew safe, East African Seafarers Assistance Programme Director Andrew Mwangura said.

    "The dhow was released about three days ago, it is currently offloading its cargo in Kismayu port," Mwangura told Reuters.
    Story at http://today.reuters.com/News/Crises...ryId=L22281478

    Also, from the Malaysian Star:

    Indon pirates board ship, rob crew[indent]
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    KOTA TINGGI: Six Indonesians armed with parangs (machetes) and pistols sneaked on board a vessel and robbed eight crewmen of their belongings and cash, resulting in some RM25,000 worth of losses.

    The ship Mujur Samudra was docking near Pulau Lima here while on its way to Vietnam at 9.45pm on Saturday when eight Indonesians arrived on a speedboat.
    Story at http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...223&sec=nation

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    From The Maritime Global Net:

    IMO CALLS FOR ACTION ON PIRACY OFF SOMALIA[indent]
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    Thursday, 28 June 2007

    THE IMO Council, meeting in London, has agreed further action in response to continuing acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships sailing in waters off the coast of Somalia and, in particular, ships carrying humanitarian aid to the country.
    Story at http://www.mgn.com/news/dailystoryde...id=7850&type=2

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    From IOL:

    Piracy fears for missing ship[indent]
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    Nairobi - A South Korean cargo ship is missing in pirate-infested waters off Somalia, an official said on Friday, hours after the world's top maritime body urged the UN Security Council to help it end piracy in Somali waters.

    If is confirmed that the Sea Prince was seized by pirates, it would bring to five the number of foreign vessels held off the Horn of Africa nation in some of the most dangerous waters in the world.
    Story at http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click...206849&set_id=

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    From Chinadaily:

    &#92;b[Piracy attacks in Asia fall to 43 in first half year}[indent]
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    A total of 43 piracy attacks and armed robbery in Asia were reported in the first half of this year, a sharp decline from those in the same period of the previous two years, the Information Sharing Center for a regional agreement against piracy said on Thursday.
    There were 79 incidents reported in the first half year of 2006 and 75 in 2005.
    More at http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2...ent_911077.htm

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    From The International Herald Tribune:

    Pirate attacks up sharply worldwide, maritime watchdog says[indent]
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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Pirate attacks have increased sharply worldwide in the past three months — especially in Somalia and Nigeria — an international maritime watchdog agency said Thursday.

    There were 85 attacks on ships in the April-June quarter, up from 66 in the same period a year earlier and compared to only 41 in the previous quarter, which ended in March, the International Maritime Bureau said in a report.

    Although the number of 126 attacks in the first half of 2007 remained close to 127 in the same period last year, the spike in the second quarter is worrying, the London-based IMB said through its piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    Story at http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/...te-Attacks.php

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    From the Shipping Times, see the Weekly Piracy Report at http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item746_imb.htm

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    A brief story on Maritime Today on the disappearance of a Panamanian flagged freighter in the waters off..you guessed it...Somalia. http://www.maritimetoday.com/ShowSto...StoryID=208046

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    From The People's Daily OnLine:

    Piracy feared as another ship goes missing[indent]
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    A St. Vincent and Grenadines- flagged cargo ship has been missing for three weeks but rescue efforts are underway to locate the vessel, a Kenyan maritime official said on Thursday.

    Andrew Mwangura, director of the Mombasa-based East African Seafarers Assistance Program, said the MV Reef Azania vanished 20 days ago after leaving Dubai carrying tons of general cargo for delivery in Seychelles and Zanzibar.
    More at http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/6219711.html

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    From The Australian:

    Ship held to ransom[indent]
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    NAIROBI: Pirates holding a Danish freighter off the Somali coast are demanding a ransom of $US1.5 million ($1.7 million) for the release of the ship and its crew, a Kenyan maritime official said yesterday.
    More at http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22115715-2703,00.html

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    From The Kahleej Times OnLine:

    UAE ship feared hijacked[indent]
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    DUBAI — A Dubai-based vessel and its 21-member crew have been reported missing in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Yemen since June 16, maritime sources in Dubai said yesterday.


    Infinity Marine1, which left Fujairah anchorage on June 10 was carrying general cargo to Somalia.

    Captain Khalidoon Kalla, owner of KK Marine Consultancy in Dubai, which manages the vessel, said a search is in progress to locate the vessel and its crew comprising 15 Indians, five Pakistanis and the Iraqi captain.
    Story at http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayA...on=theuae&col=

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    "UAE ship feared hijacked"

    Hmmm; this could be interesting if the government of the UAE decides to become involved. This is just my impression of course, but it seems to me that the UEA is not one of those nations noted for a lot of diplomatic negotiation and the endless writing of strongly worded letters when another party decides to steal property that they feel belongs to them or their subjects. This may not end well for anyone involved, but I really wouldn't want to be one of the pirates that they managed to capture alive...

    Regards,
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    The UAE may not be able to do anything about it. They don't have anything like the Special Air Service or U.S. Navy SEAL teams to deal with this sort of thing. If this ship was taken to Somolia, then it's effectively out of reach for them.

    That doesn't mean it's out of reach for anyone else and international patience for these shenanigans is getting short. Don't be too surprised if some nations with power projection and expeditionary capabilities decide to do something very direct and very permanent about it.

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    From AllAfrica.com:

    Somalia: Maritime Body Wants UN to Move On Piracy Off the Horn of Africa[indent]
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    The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) wants the UN Security Council to undertake urgent measures to restore sanity to Somali waters, where piracy and armed attacks against ships have become the order of the day.

    Following the appeal by IMO secretary general Efthimios Mitropoulos and UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council is expected to pressure the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia to either crack down on the menace itself or seek international assistance.


    The Somali coastline has been identified as the area with the highest piracy risk in the world by the International Maritime Bureau.
    Story at http://allafrica.com/stories/200707310625.html

    Comment: The article notes 15 reported attacks this year. This doesn't speak to what has not been reported.

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    From the BBC:

    Nigerian gunmen attack oil boats[indent]
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    At least three people have been killed after Nigerian gunmen attacked two boats travelling between an oil terminal and the troubled Niger Delta.
    Security sources told the BBC the militants had used the gun from a navy boat they had recently destroyed mounted on their own vessel.
    More at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6929522.stm

    Comment: It ain't just Somolia that has a problem.

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    From Yahoo News:

    Pirates attack barge in Malacca Strait [indent]
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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Armed pirates attacked a Malaysian barge in the Malacca Strait and kidnapped two Indonesian crew, in the first high sea abduction in the busy waterway in more than two years, a global maritime watchdog said Tuesday.
    For the rest, go to http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/malaysia_pirates

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    From The Sunday Sun:

    Union urges talks on piracy threat[indent]
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    A shipping union is seeking urgent talks with the Foreign Office about the growing threat of piracy.

    The number of violent attacks on seafarers worldwide hit an all-time high of 238 in the first six months of this year. This compared with 198 in the first half of 2006 and only 48 in the January-June 2005 period.
    For the rest, go to This Hotlink

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    From the United Press International:

    Somali pirates free Danish cargo ship, crew[indent]
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    Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Nairobi, Aug. 23, 2007 (Xinhua/NAN) Somali pirates have freed a Danish cargo ship and five crew members they seized off the coast of the war-torn nation in early June, Kenya's maritime official confirmed today.
    For the rest, go to http://www.upi.com/AfricaMonitoring/...-884207-3824-r

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    From The Navy Times:

    Danes admit paying pirates to free cargo ship[indent]
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    The Danish government acknowledged this week that a ransom was paid to Somali pirates to secure the release of a Danish merchant ship and its five-man crew, but it would not confirm that the payment could have been as much as $1.5 million, or who made it.

    The pirates released the cargo ship Danica White on Wednesday after holding the ship and its crew for more than 80 days; the U.S. destroyer Arleigh Burke and the French corvette Blaison were escorting it to a safe harbor in Djibouti.
    Full story at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/0...ansom_070824w/

    Comment: The Danish government is recieving some flak for this but you have to wonder what their options were. If they couldn't rescue the crew or get an ally to do it, the other choice would be to have the crews bodies shipped home in one container and their heads in another.

    Modern day pirates are plenty ruthless enough to do it!

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    From AOL News:

    Thailand to join patrols of Malacca Strait to help boost maritime security[indent]
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    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Thailand wants to join three other Southeast Asian countries to patrol the Strait of Malacca in an effort to prevent terrorist and pirate attacks, the Thai prime minister said Saturday.

    Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore already run coordinated sea patrols in the strait, through which about 65,000 vessels pass through each year, carrying half the world's oil and more than a third of its commerce.
    More at http://news.aol.com/story/_a/thailan...25051709990003

    Comment: A very positive development. I've been through the Straits of Malacca several times and I can personally vouch for just how busy this waterway is. Without a constant naval presence, pirates would be thinking of it as their Happy Hunting Ground.

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    From The Houston Chronicle:

    Pirates release 2 Indonesian sailors for ransom[indent]
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    KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Pirates who kidnapped two Indonesian sailors in the Malacca Strait earlier this month have released them after a ransom was paid, a global maritime watchdog said today.

    Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur, said the value of the ransom has not been disclosed, and he declined to identify who paid it.
    Full story at http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...d/5085238.html

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    From Dawn:

    KARACHI: ‘Captured’ seafarers await govt help[indent]
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    KARACHI, Aug 27: At least seven Pakistani seafarers, including a captain and a chief engineer, who were sailing off the African coast in two ships, have been missing for over two months, Dawn has learnt. The sailors’ union suspects that they and other crew members have been taken hostage by pirates.

    Sources say that the Pakistani government has done little to locate the missing men, despite numerous appeals by worried family members and the Pakistan Seamen’s Union.
    For the rest, go to http://www.dawn.com/2007/08/28/local9.htm

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    From The Times of India:

    Indian Navy committed to keeping Indian Ocean safe[indent]
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    DUBAI: The Indian Navy is committed to counter piracy and ensuring safe passage of ships in the Indian Ocean, the main seaway for over 90 per cent of the world's shipping routes.

    The Western Fleet of the Indian Navy is deployed routinely among India's maritime neighbours, said Rear Admiral Shekhar Sinha, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, during a visit to Oman.
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    From All Africa.com:

    Somalia: Forces Search for Pirate Ship[indent]
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    American-led coalition forces operating on the coast of Somalia are looking for a vessel that is believed to be used by pirates to launch attacks on commercial ships passing through the area, the Nation has learnt.

    The coalition forces have a description of the pirates' vessel, the deputy commander of French Naval ship Commandant Blaison, Lieutenant Vidaine Bojeau, said yesterday.

    "This is the vessel that we believe has been used by pirates off the Coast of Somalia to attack commercial vessels," she said when she accompanied the French ambassador, Ms Elisabeth Barbier, during a courtesy call on Mombasa Mayor Ahmed Mwidani.
    Full story at http://allafrica.com/stories/200709041435.html

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    From CNews:

    Navy will have to learn to fight terrorists and pirates: admiral[indent]
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    OTTAWA (CP) - The Canadian navy needs to learn how to fight terrorists and pirates, says the top commander.

    As the army has been forced to fight a brutal counter-insurgency war in Afghanistan, Vice-Admiral Drew Robertson says the navy must prepare itself for conflicts where "threats are whatever your imagination can conceive."

    In an interview with The Canadian Press, Robertson said an attack on an Israeli warship last year was the wake-up call.
    Full story at http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2...501391-cp.html

    Comment: The admiral has a point, only you would think that the bombing of the USS Cole by a suicide boat would have got the message across.

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    From The BBC:

    S Leone catches Guinea 'pirates'[indent]
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    Eight Guineans have been arrested by Sierra Leone for an act of piracy against locally-licensed Chinese fishermen inside Sierra Leonean waters.
    The Guinean authorities say the men, including several officials, were on a legitimate fisheries protection patrol.

    Sierra Leone naval officers say they interrupted an armed hold-up involving two speedboats crewed by armed men 18 nautical miles off Freetown.
    Full story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7012085.stm

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    From AllAfrica.com:

    Somalia: WFP Welcomes French Offer to Protect Ships from Pirates[indent]
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    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) thanked France today for its proposal to provide naval escorts to protect ships carrying food off the Horn of Africa from pirate attacks.

    “We are grateful to the Government of France for this generous offer, which would reduce the threat of piracy and allow WFP to feed more hungry people in Somalia,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran at UN headquarters in New York.
    For the rest, go to http://allafrica.com/stories/200709261093.html

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    From The Star Tribune:

    Ghost ship: 2 charged in murders[indent]
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    MIAMI — Unlike most boats returning from the high seas, the sport fisher Joe Cool had no tales to tell.
    Three days earlier, the 47-foot boat had departed for the island of Bimini, four crew members and two passengers aboard. A day earlier, it had been found, doing circles and dragging anchor, on a lonely stretch of the Florida Straits about 30 miles north of Cuba.

    With no crew.

    And no passengers.
    For the rest, see http://www.startribune.com/484/story/1483907.html

    Comment: The two "Survivors" of what they claimed was a pirate attack have in fact been charged with the murders. I don't know if these guys are facing the death penalty...the two page article never mentioned it...but if they're guilty, I wouldn't be upset if they got it.

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    From the International Herald Tribune is a short story about a cannon raised from what is believed to be Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. See http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/...eards-Ship.php

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    From The BBC:

    Somalia's pirates are 'thriving'[indent]
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    Piracy attacks on shipping have increased by 14% in the first three quarters of this year, a report by the International Maritime Bureau says.

    The increase is in large part because of a jump in incidents off the west and east coasts of Africa - with Somalia again a key source of concern.
    For the rest, see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7046888.stm

    Comment: The article mentions 15 documented attacks this year. While that may look low, it's well to remember that for a lot of reasons...like dead men tell no tales...piracy remains a signifigantly under reported crime.

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    From The Maritime Global Net:

    PIRATES ATTACK BOXSHIP IN SHATT AL ARAB[indent]
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    THE ICC International Maritime Bureau has issued a special bulletin warning on an attack Tuesday container ship underway in the Shatt Al Arab waterway, Iran. Pirates armed with AK-47 automatic rifles, boarded boarded the ship and took the master,chief engineer, second officer and pilot hostage.
    Go to http://www.mgn.com/news/dailystoryde...id=8188&type=2

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    From The Belfast Telegraph:

    Seven kidnapped off Nigerian oil-rig by gunmen

    Brief story at http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/br...cle3082283.ece

    Comment: A ship at least has the option of trying to run away from these guys, but an oil rig doesn't really have much of a chance in that regard. Given the sort of business an oil rig is engaged in, shooting back isn't much of an option either.

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    From The International Herald Tribune:

    Somali pirates seize cargo ship off east African coast in spate of high-seas attacks[indent]
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    NAIROBI, Kenya: Somali pirates seized a cargo ship off the east African coast — one in a series of high-seas attacks in the last week alone, officials said Monday.

    Gunmen hijacked the ship last Wednesday, said Andrew Mwangura, the program coordinator of the East Africa Seafarers Assistance Program. He did not know the number or nationalities of the crew on board.
    Story at http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/...lia-Piracy.php

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    From the IOL:

    Pirates seize Japanese ship off Somali coast[indent]
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    Nairobi - Gunmen have hijacked a Japanese vessel off the coast of war-torn Somalia - the latest in a series of pirate attacks in the same region this year, a maritime official said on Monday.

    The Panama-flagged Golden Mori was seized on Sunday about eight nautical miles off Socotra archipelago, said Andrew Mwangura of the Kenyan branch of the Seafarers' Assistance Programme.
    Full story at http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_i...1133312C332770

    Comment: You read it right: Somolia again!

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    Score one for the good guys.

    And this particular ship is flagged in North Korea. I doubt the North Korean government will deal kindly with any pirates they capture.

    --Jim

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    Yahoo carried the story at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071030/...omalia_pirates

    The USS James E. Williams deserves a hearty "Well done!" for being a part of this.

    >>I doubt the North Korean government will deal kindly with any pirates they capture.<<

    Let's just say that any pirates ending up in North Korean custody would have no cause to complain about the wheels of justice turning too slowly. I don't know if anything will happen in this instance because the captured pirates would likely be turned over to whatever passes for "The Authorities" in Somolia. But then, whoever is financing these guys may well opt for the Summary Execution thing for the crime of being embarrassing!

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    A follow up story from USAToday:

    U.S. Navy treats N. Korean sailors after pirate attack[indent]
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    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — U.S. sailors brought injured North Koreans aboard their destroyer for medical treatment after the Koreans were shot and injured in a battle with pirates off the coast of Somalia, the Navy said Wednesday.
    For the rest, see http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2...e-attack_N.htm

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    Somewhat ironic. I suspect Kim Jong Il has been wanting to get some of his people on an American destroyer for years . . .

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    From The Navy Times:

    Navy aids 2 hijacked cargo ships off Somalia[indent]
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    NAIROBI, Kenya — The U.S. military has stepped up activities in the pirate-infested waters off Somalia, going to the aid of hijacked cargo ships twice this week. American medics treated wounded North Korean sailors on one vessel, and the Navy was tracking another after destroying two pirate skiffs lashed alongside.

    Somalia, on the eastern rim of the Horn of Africa, has had no functioning government since slipping into chaos in 1991 at the beginning of its long civil war. Its waters are among the most pirate-infested anywhere, with more than two dozen ship hijackings this year.

    Boats carrying pirates frequently cast off from Somalia’s long, arrowhead-shaped shoreline, heading to busy shipping lanes to take over container ships and seize their cargo and crew.
    For the rest, go to http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/1...irates_071030/

    Comment: This is the most detailed story thus far, not only of this incident, but of what the Navy is trying to do about the piracy problem overall.

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    From AOL News:

    Philippine official says crew members of Japanese ship hijacked off Somalia are safe[indent]
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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The 23 crew members of a Japanese-owned ship hijacked off strife-torn Somalia are safe, a Philippine official said Wednesday.

    The crew includes nine Filipinos along with Malaysian, Korean and Myanmar citizens, he said.

    The Filipino captain called his family in the Philippines and told them that "the crew is safe, that they are being treated well, that they are in good physical condition," Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Esteban Conejos said.
    Story at http://news.aol.com/story/_a/philipp...31093009990018

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    From Pravda:

    Philippine government expects ransom demand from hijackers of Japanese tanker[indent]
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    The ransom demand is expected from the hijackers of a Japanese tanker near Somalia's coast.

    The U.S. Navy is tracking the Golden Nori as the pirates hold hostage its 23 crew members - nine Filipinos, two South Koreans and 12 Myanmar citizens.
    Story at http://english.pravda.ru/news/hotspo...acked_tanker-0

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    A follow up story to the above from the Associated Press:

    US Seeks to Remove Pirates From Ships[indent]
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    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. Navy said Thursday that it intended to remove pirates from a hijacked Japanese tanker monitored by American warships off the coast of Somalia. A crew member's sister said negotiations were under way for the release of the ship.
    For the rest, see http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i...MrqFwD8SL9TS80

    Comment: One would hope this involves a SEAL team, a safe crew, and a lot of dead or captured pirates, but for obvious reasons of security, they're not about to go into any details.

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    From The Navy Times:

    In chasing pirates, Navy comes full circle[indent]
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    The Navy is getting back to its roots. Re-established specifically after the Revolutionary War to combat North African pirates who were plundering merchant ships, American sailors now find themselves toe-to-toe with seagoing thugs again, called on to rid the seas of violent hijackers.

    At least three American destroyers engaged hijacked vessels off the coast of Somalia the week of late October, early November.

    On Oct. 28, U.S. ships responded to a distress call from the hijacked Japanese-owned but Panamanian-flagged cargo ship Golden Nori, firing warning shots over the bow and tearing into two pirate skiffs with their 25mm chain guns, setting the boats ablaze.
    For the rest, see http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/1...rates_071103w/

    Comment: Let's hope we see more of this, and not just from the USN. Where warships play, pirates stay away. It's a shame we can't bring back a fine old custom...like hanging from the yardarm...but it's a start.

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    From MSNBC.com:

    Somali pirates release two hijacked ships[indent]
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    NAIROBI, Kenya - Somali pirates left two boats they had hijacked in the waters off the Horn of Africa, and the newly liberated vessels — and their crew of 24 — were under U.S. Navy escort on Sunday, the American military said.
    Story at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21622604/

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    From AOL News:

    Foreign military aid key to curbing piracy in Somalia: maritime body[indent]
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    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Recent U.S. Navy action to help two ships attacked by pirates has shown that foreign military intervention is key to combatting high-seas robberies along Somalia's lawless coast, a global maritime body said Friday.

    "Right now, pirates go scot-free when they enter Somalia's territorial waters" after hijacking a ship in international waters, said Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur.

    "There is no law there. But if you allow foreign navies to patrol the area, it will be a major deterrent," he told The Associated Press.
    Go to http://news.aol.com/story/_a/foreign...02041909990006 for the rest.

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    From The Navy Times:

    Pirate-hunting amphib arrives home in Va.[indent]
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    NORFOLK, Va. — The dock landing ship Carter Hall returned from Wednesday from a cruise that, at one point, saw the ship chasing down pirates off the Somali coast.
    For the rest, see http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/1...turns_071107w/

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    From The Navy Times:

    N. Korea thanks U.S. for fighting pirates[indent]
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    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea expressed rare gratitude Thursday for U.S. help in ending a high-seas standoff with Somali pirates, a sign of warming ties between the longtime foes fostered by progress on Pyongyang’s nuclear disarmament.

    The U.S. Navy’s aid to North Korean sailors last week was unprecedented in the half-century of hostility between the Cold War enemies, according to the Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C.

    The North’s Korean Central News Agency hailed the maritime collaboration as a “symbol of cooperation” between the two countries “in the struggle against terrorism.”
    For the rest, see http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/1...piracy_071108/

    Comment: And also in the news, Hell has just been chosen as the next site for the Winter Olympics...and why not? The place just froze over!

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    From The Mail and Gaurdian OnLine:

    Crew member swims for two days to escape pirates[indent]
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    A crew member of a Japanese chemical tanker hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast on October 28 escaped and has been rescued after spending two days at sea, a maritime official said on Monday.

    "We are informed that one crew member escaped from the vessel, swam and was rescued," said Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenya chapter of the Seafarers' Assistance Programme.
    Full story at http://www.mg.co.za/articlepage.aspx...ticleid=324737

    A related story from Gulfnews:

    Somali pirates discuss ransom for Japanese tanker[indent]
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    Nairobi: Somali pirates who hijacked a Japanese-owned chemical tanker last month are negotiating a ransom for its release, a maritime official said on Monday.
    Full story at http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles.../10167020.html

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    From Yahoo News:

    Taiwanese vessel freed by pirates arrives in Kenyan port[indent]
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    NAIROBI (AFP) - A Taiwanese fishing vessel freed by Somali pirates last week arrived Wednesday in the Kenyan port of Mombasa for repairs, a maritime official said.

    The Taiwanese-flagged vessel, Ching Fong Hwa 168, with 10 Chinese, two Taiwanese and two Filipino crew members was released on November 5 after spending more than six months in captivity.
    For the rest, go to http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071114...acytaiwankenya

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    From Dawn:

    Malaysia turns down US offer[indent]
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    KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian minister on Wednesday rejected US help in fighting piracy in the Malacca Straits, saying it was not necessary since attacks have decreased significantly in the area.
    For the rest, see http://www.dawn.com/2007/11/15/int4.htm

    From AOL.com:

    Survivors of Somali Pirate Attack Speak[indent]
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    MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) - With one slain crew mate in the ship's freezer and Somali pirates threatening to kill his son, Capt. Xinshen Ling could think of only one thing to do: Threaten to throw himself into the shark-infested waters, calculating the pirates wouldn't want to lose the captain.

    He was right. Four pirates immediately rushed to keep him from jumping off the Taiwanese fishing vessel.

    "It was a test. I wanted to see how much the pirates valued me ... They know if the captain dies, they will get less ransom," the 47-year-old told The Associated Press, safe in Kenya on Wednesday after the U.S. Navy stepped in to win the release of the Ching Fong Hwa 168 and its surviving crew, including Ling's son.
    More at http://news.aol.com/story/_a/survivo...15154609990020

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    From The Manila Times:

    Concern grows for Pinoy sailors in ship seized by pirates[indent]
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    Nairobi, Kenya: Communication has been lost with a Comoran-flagged cargo ship captured by pirates off the Somali coast last month, raising fears of the crew’s safety, a maritime monitoring group said on Saturday.

    The M/V Al Marjan, with 22 mostly Asian crewmembers on board, was seized on October 19 as it sailed to Mogadishu, Somalia from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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    “This is the second week since it cut communication, which means there are no negotiations going. This is a very bad indicator on the fate of the crew,”
    For the rest, see http://www.manilatimes.net/national/...71119met2.html

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    From The BBC:

    French navy deters Somali pirates [indent]
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    The French navy has escorted two ships carrying food aid to Somalia to deter possible attacks from pirates.
    The waters off the war-torn country are among the most dangerous in the world - 26 ships, including three carrying food aid, have been attacked this year.
    More at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7102295.stm

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    From The Hellenic Shipping News:

    Hellas to donate $1 million to fight piracy, host World Day of Shipping 2008[indent]
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    One of the highlights of the 25th IMO assembly currently on progress from the beginning of the week in London, was undoubtedly, Hellas' inititiative to donate $1 million to improve security in the Strait of Malacca in Malaysia, through which 30 percent of the world's trade passes, as a contribution to measures proposed by the countries in the region.
    For the rest, go to http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/...s&article=5023

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    From ArabianBusiness.com:

    Regional shipping on piracy alert[indent]
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    A worrying trend in the increasing intensity and ferocity of pirate attacks on commercial shipping vessels has put the regional shipping industry on high alert, as attacks on container, vehicle and general cargo ships continue to rise.

    Ship Master's, pilots and crew are being warned to be vigilant on the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Aden and Red Sea by the International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) Piracy Alert service.
    For the rest, see http://www.arabianbusiness.com/50451...n-piracy-alert

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    From The Hellenic Shipping News:

    Security in the High Seas: Piracy[indent]
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    Nowadays 90% of world’s transportation is being served by the maritime industry that has grown considerably since the early 90’s due to the expansion of the international trade and the ever-increasing volume of the Asian economy. In parallel the expansion of international organized crime coupled with the emergence of terrorist networks has reminded once again the all-timely issue of piracy and its negative side effects for the maritime sector. The perils concerning sea navigation, rarely surface in the mainstream media, despite the fact that piracy is a major concern for the world trade and the highly important sea trade. Modern age pirates have in their disposal hi-tech electronic equipment like GPS, satellite phones and night vision goggles. Moreover they tend to use high-speed vessels armed with automatic machine guns, RPG rocket launchers and in general they could be described as “Open seas guerillas", albeit searching for profit rather than ideological meaning in their actions.
    Full story at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/...l&article=5199

    Comment: As always, you may find it a good idea to increase your font size. The article is a bit long and the fine print is not kind to the eyes.

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    From The Navy Newsstand:

    Coalition Warship Thwarts Pirate Attack in Arabian Sea[indent]
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    ARABIAN SEA (NNS) -- British Navy warship HMS Campbeltown saved a civilian cruise liner from potential pirate attack while on coalition patrol in the Arabian Sea.

    The Seabourn Spirit's call for help was taken at the Bahrain headquarters of Royal Navy and coalition operations in the Gulf, as the liner transited for Muscat, Oman. The crew had grown increasingly concerned about small skiffs believed to be pirates closing on their position.
    For the rest, go to http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=33484

    Comment: Good show to the officers and crew of HMS Campbeltown! Well done!

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    From Cruise Critic:

    Was Seabourn Spirit Encountered by Pirates ... Again?[indent]
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    Earlier this month, luxury cruise ship Seabourn Spirit was approached by unknown watercraft leading to reports of a potential pirate attack. What's interesting is that the same ship encountered piracy two years ago -- on November 5, 2005, Seabourn Spirit outran boaters wielding machine guns and rocket propelled grenades while cruising off the coast of Somalia in northeastern Africa.

    But this time, thankfully, appears to have been a false alarm.
    Full story at http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=2289

    Comment: Phew! What a relief!

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    From The Shipping Times:

    Let warships in to wage war on pirates, IMO urges Somalia[indent]
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    Renewed calls for action to prevent and suppress acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships, in particular off the coast of Somalia, were made by the 25th session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it adopted a new resolution on Piracy and armed robbery against ships in waters off the coast of Somalia yesterday (Thursday, 29 November).

    The resolution was submitted to the Assembly at the recommendation of IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, following its approval at the meeting of the IMO Council which preceded the Assembly, and revokes an earlier resolution (A.979(24)) adopted in 2005 at the 24th IMO Assembly.
    For the rest of the story, go to http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/item9...on-pirates.htm

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    From The Japan Times:

    Japan tanker stuck; hunt on for pirate mother ship[indent]
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    ABOARD THE BABUR, Arabian Sea (AP) After pirates aboard two small skiffs seized the crew of a Japanese tanker off anarchic Somalia's coast, American forces fired on and destroyed the boats. Now the navies of the U.S. and 19 other countries are after bigger prey.

    The U.S.-led coalition working to secure sealanes beset by pirates believe skiffs like the ones used in the attack on the Japanese ship must have come from elusive mother ships.

    "The small boats which are used for piracy could not travel" from shore as far into the ocean as ships have been attacked, said Commodore Khan Hasham of Pakistan, one of the U.S. allies in the antipiracy operation. "So they needed a mother ship from which the pirates could launch skiffs."
    For the rest, click on http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-b...0071201f3.html

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    From Gulfnews:

    Somali pirates free UAE-owned ship, says maritime group[indent]
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    Nairobi: Somali pirates freed on Sunday a Comoros-flagged cargo ship Al Marjan owned by businessmen from the UAE and held for six weeks with a 22-man crew since its capture off Mogadishu, a regional maritime group said.
    Brief story at http://www.gulfnews.com/region/Somalia/10172071.html

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    From The Hellenic Shipping News:

    Pirate attacks declining in SE-Asia, say shipowners[indent]
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    Asian shipowners, who control 40 per cent of the world's fleet, say piracy has declined in South-east Asia but is on the rise globally.
    A recent meeting of the Asian Shipowners Forum's safe navigation and environment committee in Bangkok heard that 91 incidents - or half of all maritime armed robberies in the first nine months of 2007 - happened in Africa.
    The increase was greatest in Somalia and Nigeria. Thirteen hijackings were reported off the Somali coast - more than double the five incidents reported in all of last year.
    For the rest, go to http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/...l&article=5607

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    From Canada.com (Calgary Herald):

    U.S. warships corner Somali pirates who seized ship[indent]
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    BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) - U.S. and German navy ships have cornered Somali pirates who seized a Japanese-owned chemical tanker more than a month ago and are demanding a ransom, an official said on Tuesday.

    The Panama-registered Golden Nori was carrying benzene from Singapore to Israel when it was hijacked on October 28, just off Somalia, one of the world's most dangerous shipping lanes.
    For the rest, see http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/...bdbe77&k=19089

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    From The Shipping Times:

    Giant tanker takes part in anti-piracy training session[indent]
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    VLCC KAMINESAN joins with Japan Coast Guard in South China Sea in session aimed at combating piracy..


    Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. yesterday announced that it took part in a joint government-private sector training programme, aimed at combating piracy and terrorism on the high seas, conducted with the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and other organizations. The training session was held by the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Kaminesan which was under way in the South China Sea, in the morning of December 5.
    Story at http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/itm103_mol-piracy.htm

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    From The Maritime Global Net:

    IMB CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO NIGERIA ATTACK[indent]
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    THE ICC International Maritime Bureau has demanded that the Nigerian authorities launch a full enquiry into a recent attack on a product tanker at an anchorage off Lagos.

    The vessel was hijacked after twelve persons in military fatigues approached the vessel aboard what appeared to be a military launch. Nine of those boarded the vessel and attempted to coerce the tanker’s master on to the launch.
    For the rest, see http://www.mgn.com/news/dailystoryde...id=8357&type=2

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    From MSNBC:

    Pirates free Japanese chemical tanker, its crew[indent]
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    TOKYO - Pirates freed a Japanese chemical tanker loaded with highly explosive benzene off the coast of Somalia Wednesday, six weeks after seizing the vessel and its crew, a U.S. Navy spokesman said.

    All 22 crew members were unhurt, the Navy said, and the pirates were seen heading toward the Somali coast.
    For the rest, see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22209707/

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    Good Samaritan pirates? That's interesting!

    Why did they seize the tanker in the first place? Why would they want dangerous chemicals? Could they sell them? I thought they always killed the people on board such vessels. They must have gotten soft over the years.

    By the way, Mike, have there ever been pirates foolish enough to attack a Navy vessel during the 20th century? I would be curious to know how something like that [would have] turned out.

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    >>Why did they seize the tanker in the first place?<<

    One word: Money.

    These people were originally demanding $1,000,000 in ransom (See http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/...ia-Pirates.php ) and were threatening to kill the 22 man crew if they didn't get it. It's not normal practice for these particular gangs to just wipe out the crew since dead men have no value as ransom. The same can't be said of others who have been known to kill crews and sell off the entire ship.

    >>By the way, Mike, have there ever been pirates foolish enough to attack a Navy vessel during the 20th century?<<

    I don't know of any that have been that stupid and they wouldn't have lived long if they had tried. I know of one gang operating out of China that had some government officials who were part of the gang and who used government assets to do their work. In an incident profiled on a History Channel documentary, they seized a ship and murdered the entire crew. They might have got away with it had some of the bodies not been recovered.

    The Chinese government is really unamused with this sort of thing and went ahead with efforts to find this gang and put them out of business. Good old fashioned detective work did the rest and after arrest and trial, these people were executed in the public square.

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    From The Associated Press:

    2 Somali Pirates Arrested in Hijacking[indent]
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    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two Somali pirates accused of hijacking a Japanese tanker have been arrested in northeastern Somalia, but up to a dozen more were still on the run, police said Thursday.

    The chemical tanker Golden Nori, seized off the Somali coast six weeks ago, was released Wednesday along with its 22 crew, who apparently were unharmed, said Lt. John Gay, a U.S. Navy spokesman.
    For more, go to http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i...MrqFwD8TGFRLO0

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    From MSNBC:

    Pirates attack Italian ship off Somalia’s coast[indent]
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    NAIROBI - Suspected Somali pirates attacked an Italian-owned cargo ship on Monday as it headed for Kenya's Mombasa port through one of the world's most dangerous waterways, a regional maritime group said.

    Andrew Mwangura, director of the East African Seafarers Assistance Programme, said the MV Jolly Turchese was attacked by gunmen believed to be pirates off the shore of Somalia after bringing general cargo through the Suez canal.
    Full story at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22298970/

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    From The IOL:

    Italian cargo ship is safe, say owners[indent]
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    Nairobi - The Italian owners of a container ship on Tuesday denied reports that it had been attacked by pirates off Somalia.
    Brief story at http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?s...5230955C347827

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    From The Maritime Global Net:

    ONE SEAFARER MISSING, ONE DEAD AFTER PIRATE ATTACKS[indent]
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    A CREW member was shot dead in a recent pirate attack in Nigerian waters, according to the latest International Maritime Bureau weekly piracy report. Meanwhile an attack in Malaysian waters left one crew member missing.
    For the rest, see http://www.mgn.com/news/dailystoryde...id=8393&type=2

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    From All Africa.com:

    Africa: IMO Renews Calls in Fight Against Piracy[indent]
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    As acts of piracy continue to threaten shipping, it's time for governments to conclude regional agreements on the menace.

    Delays in the conclusion of regional agreements and non-cooperation of member countries with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) are to blame for piracy and robbery against ships on international waters.

    The IMO has renewed calls for action against the nagging menace, especially off the Coast of Somalia, which has been without a central government since 1991.
    Story at http://allafrica.com/stories/200712211034.html

    Comment: With all these calls for action, you would think that more people would be willing to step up to the plate. The problem is that the navies which are capable of doing this have only so many assets to go around, and they do have other commitments.

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    From VOA News:

    US Navy Gets Tough with Pirates off Somalia[indent]
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    The commander of U.S. forces in East Africa and the Middle East says he has ordered his naval commanders to take a tougher approach to pirates off the coast of Somalia, in an effort to help the region's economy and promote stability. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Washington.
    For the rest, go to http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-12-21-voa61.cfm

    Comment: Somebody is doing something. It may not be enough but it's a damned sight better then nothing!

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    From AllAfrica.com:

    Nigeria: Piracy - Nimasa, Navy Set Up Joint Committee[indent]
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    A joint committee has been set up by management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Navy to combat piracy and robbery on the country's territorial waters.

    Director General of NIMASA, Dr Ade Dosunmu disclosed this at the weekend while speaking with journalists on programmes of the agency in the coming year.
    For the rest, go to http://allafrica.com/stories/200712210672.html

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    From ArabianBusiness.com:

    Heavily armed pirates spark regional shipping alert[indent]
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    A worrying trend in the increasing intensity and ferocity of pirate attacks on commercial shipping vessels has put the regional shipping industry on high alert, as attacks on container, vehicle and general cargo ships continue to rise.

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    The most dangerous hot spots identified by the IMB in the Africa/Middle East region remain the coastal waters of Somalia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya, where vessels have repeatedly been shot at, boarded by pirates armed with automatic rifles, and even come under attack from rocket propelled grenade launchers (RPGs).
    For the rest, go to http://www.arabianbusiness.com/50682...shipping-alert

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    Why do the pirates always come towards shore after hijacking the vessels? I know that this would put them out of range of naval vessels from other countries, but don't these countries have at least something to combat these pirates themselves? Also, how effective are LRAD's? Are ships required to carry them by law?

    Sincerely,
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    >>Why do the pirates always come towards shore after hijacking the vessels?<<

    Safe haven.

    >>but don't these countries have at least something to combat these pirates themselves?<<

    Such as? Keep in mind that in Somalia, you have a country which hasn't had an effective central government in years, but you have plenty of regional warlords and militant splinter groups who are fighting for supremacy. Since hyjacking a ship for ransom and profit is a nice way to raise funds, does it really take a rocket scientist to figure out who's backing them up in the first place?

    >>Also, how effective are LRAD's?<<

    Effective enough that the pirates who attacked the Seaborne Spirit last year tried (Unsuccessfully) to shoot it out before abandoning their attack.

    >>Are ships required to carry them by law?<<

    Not that I'm aware of.

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    From Gulfnews:

    Piracy remained serious in 2007 and may get worse[indent]
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    As the year closes, the situation regarding piracy on the high seas remains of serious concern with the African region showing the greatest risk to seafarers. Waters off Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria are all considered to be 'hot spots' with particular escalation with respect to the use of firearms and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG).

    In the weekly report to be issued today, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said that its Reporting Centre had recorded details of 26 actual and attempted attacks so far this year for Somali waters, with "many" more attacks that may have gone unreported.
    Full story at http://www.gulfnews.com/business/Shipping/10178403.html

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    From The Maritime Global Net:

    CREWMAN BEATEN IN NIGERIA ATTACK[indent]
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    ARMED robbers boarded a chemical tanker during ship-to-ship transfer operations in Nigerian waters and severely beat a seafarer on lookout duty, according to the latest weekly Piracy Report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
    Brief story at http://www.mgn.com/news/dailystoryde...id=8405&type=2

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    From Sky News:

    African Pirates Bring Fear To High Seas[indent]
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    There has been a big increase in attacks by pirates in waters across the world, the International Maritime Bureau has said.

    Raids by sea robbers rose by 10% in 2007, the first increase in three years.
    For the rest, see 30200-1299981%2C00.html?f=rss,http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-1299981,00.html?f=rss

    Comment: For some reason, the software is giving a bogus link. Just cut and past the link to your browser starting at the http part.

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    Maritime Global Net's more detailed take on the above story may be accessed at http://www.mgn.com/news/dailystoryde...id=8432&type=2

    And this link works!

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    From IC Publications:

    Niger Delta group claims responsibility ship attacks[indent]
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    The most vocal militant group in Nigeria's oil-producing south claimed responsibility on Thursday for an attack on four ships earlier this week and warned of more attacks.

    "Freelance freedom fighters sponsored by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) carried out the harassment on the four vessels belonging to some oil companies in the Bonny River on Tuesday January 8, 2008," MEND said in an e-mail to AFP.
    Story at http://www.africasia.com/services/ne...4.1dcm7db7.php

    Comment: "Freelance freedom fighters" = terrorists/pirates!

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    From The Times:

    Piracy on the rise along African coast[indent]
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    SOUTH African ships are taking drastic steps to protect crews from pirates following an increase in attacks along the African coast.





    The country has also been encouraged to raise the issue of piracy in bilateral relations with Nigeria and Somalia, the two African nations most plagued by boatloads of heavily armed pirates.

    The safety precautions follow a shock annual report from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) which has reported a 10% increase in piracy incidents worldwide over the past year, with the major hot spots all in African waters.
    For the rest, see http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEditi...aspx?id=678453

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    From The Navy News:

    Argus fends off the pirates[indent]
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    BRITISH sailors and airmen served as 'bodygaurds' when a container ship broke down in waters notorious for pirate attacks.

    The Newfoundland-registered Otterhound was ploughing through the Gulf of Aden when her main engines failed after a crank case explosion.
    For the rest, see http://www.navynews.co.uk/view-story.aspx?articleID=96

    Comment: Score one for the Good Guys! Well done!

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    From The Maritime Global Net:

    BONNY RIVER ATTACK[indent]
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    SUSPECTED militants shot and injured three seafarers in an incident on Nigeria's Bonny River on 9 January, according to the latest weekly Piracy Report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau.
    For the rest, see http://www.mgn.com/news/dailystoryde...id=8467&type=2

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    From The Hellenic Shipping News:

    Pirates may have seized Kapitan Uskov bulk carrier[indent]
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    Pirates may have seized the Kapitan Uskov bulk carrier that went missing in the East China Sea, head of the Far East department of the Russian trade union of sailors Nikolai Sukhanov told Interfax. "It is possible that pirates could have attacked the ship," Sukhanov said. "The district where Kapitan Uskov went missing is one of the most dangerous in the world as to the frequency of pirate attacks.
    For the rest, see http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/...l&article=8025

    Comment: Okaaaaaayyyy...is she sunk or hyjacked? If we hear about a ransom demand, we'll know. If I hear anything one way or the other, I'll post the news in the appropriate thread.

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    From The Hellenic Shipping News:

    RM14m boost for Straits of Malacca security[indent]
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    Users of the Straits of Malacca can expect better security along one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, thanks to assistance from Japan that will allow improvements and enhancements to Malaysia's maritime security equipment.
    A grant from the Japanese Government will see RM14.2mil provided to enhance the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency's capacity for maritime security in the straits and Malaysian territorial waters.
    More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/...l&article=8028

    Comment: With as much shipping as there is in the Straits of Malacca, this has tended to be something of a happy hunting ground for pirates. This development should help change some of that.

 

 
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