Nigeria – Revealed: Those behind oil theft in the country

Oil bunkering in the Niger Delta, has been a perennial problem. The country is to have lost oil estimated at $10.9 billion or about 136 million barrels to crude oil thieves. Also 10 billion barrels of oil valued at $894 million have been lost to pipeline vandalised in the downstream sector. (more…)

India-Italy Marine Crisis Deepens


The ‘marines row’ between India and Italy intensifies, as Rome has decided to take the case to international arbitration. The major development took place on Friday night, with Italy formally launching international arbitration against India. (more…)

Maritime Piracy: “Africa Must Develop Its Own Security Architecture”

GATHERED on Thursday, June 25, around Admiral Bernard Rogel, Chief of Staff of the French Navy in Brest, where the operational authority of the Navy is based, several senior military officials from Africa and Europe, taking part in a seminar to reflect on the problem of piracy in connection with illicit activities. The phenomenon has assumed alarming rates in the Gulf of Guinea in recent years. (more…)

Day of the Seafarer – Remembering Hostages, Past & Present

Between 2000 and 2013, 2,919 seafarers were held hostage by Somali pirates in inhumane conditions, in some instances for years. On this Day of the Seafarers, we should remember those who have been denied their freedom while going about their daily work.


Brains behind Malaysian oil tanker hijacking did it six times before

he list of suspected masterminds behind the hijacking of Malaysian oil tanker MT Orkim Harmony has been narrowed down, said Malaysian Maritime Vice-Admiral Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar. (more…)

Pirates overran us in minutes, says Orkim Harmony skipper

By Jonathan Edward

PORT KLANG, June 26 —The crew of Orkim Harmony had no warning of the pirate attack and could not respond as they had already boarded. (more…)

Two to three masterminds in tanker’s hijacking identified

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA)  intelligence has identified two to three masterminds who are believed to be involved in the hijacking of the MT Orkim Harmony tanker. (more…)

Kenya repatriates 62 Somali pirates

The Kenyan government on Wednesday claimed to have repatriated 62 Somali pirates who have finished their jail terms, as part of its Piracy Prisoner Transfer Programme. (more…)

New Blackbeards of Malacca Strait: Southeast Asia’s pirates are getting bolder

Patrick Winn
BANGKOK — Much of the petroleum that keeps Asia humming arrives by sea on tankers. But these vessels filled with crude oil aren’t just plying ordinary waters. They’re plying seas infamous for piracy.

Why aren’t authorities talking about piracy?


As a publisher, I have to admit that I love a bit of maritime piracy. Why? Because readers love to read about it. Any publisher that keeps their eye on Google analytics will tell you a good piracy story can bring hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors to their website. (more…)