Philippine government discovers location of hijackers

The Philippine government has discovered the location of the pirates who had hijacked an Indonesian vessel and its crew. (more…)

Seamen Abducted by Pirates from Greek-Owned Ship off Nigerian Coast Released

By A. Makris

Four seamen abducted by pirates from the Greek-owned, Panama-flagged tanker “Madonna 1” have been released unharmed in Nigerian territory, the shipping company announced on Wednesday. The four – three Greeks and one Filipino – were abducted in early March while the ship was sailing without cargo about 15 nautical miles from the coast of Nigeria. (more…)

Russian Sailor Tells Of Life as a Prisoner of Nigerian Pirates

IVAN RUDNY flew from St. Petersburg to Murmansk on Sunday evening. At the airport he was met by his wife and friends. The sailor said to journalists that he is healthy and they [pirates] treated him good as a whole, although it he was quite poorly fed on rice, pasta, and given water. He was kept prisoner in a mangrove forest in the jungle, in a cabin, where it was impossible to escape, reports ‘RIA Novosti’.

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Is the refugee crisis hitting Greek port security code compliance?

By from Athens

Piraeus port, one of the world’s largest passenger ports, is ISPS compliant….or is it? With thousands of the 45,000 refugees now stranded in Greece, milling around within the confines of the port’s perimeter, not only impeding the smooth operation of the port’s passengers ship but making the whole operation very dangerous.

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‘Somalia-bound’ ship of weapons seized by French navy

French naval forces patrolling the northern Indian Ocean have seized a ship full of weapons they say was heading towards Somalia. (more…)

Philippines, Indonesia joint patrol can help overcome piracy

The problem of piracy and illegal fishing can be controlled if Indonesia and Philippines carry out joint maritime patrolling. “Joint maritime patrols by Indonesia and Philippines can combat piracy and illegal fishing,” Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Tuesday in Jakarta. (more…)

Pirates Kidnap Five Crewmembers Off Nigeria

The product tanker Sampatiki reported a pirate attack off of Nigeria in the early hours of March 26. The pirates boarded the ship at 04’20”N 005’10”E, about 35 nautical miles off the coast of Rivers State in the Gulf of Guinea, near Port Harcourt, said the British security advising firm Asket.  (more…)

Philippines’ Abu Sayyaf abducts 10 Indonesian sailors

Ten Indonesian crew members on board a tugboat were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines at the weekend, officials in Manila said late on Monday. (more…)

Somali Pirates On Trial in France for Fatal Hijacking

Seven suspected Somali pirates are due in court in Paris on Tuesday over the hijacking of a French yacht that left the owner dead and his wife facing a hellish kidnapping ordeal. (more…)

Indonesia defends shooting at Taiwanese fishing boats

Jakarta – Indonesia admitted Thursday that one of its patrol boats fired on two Taiwanese fishing vessels in the Strait of Malacca, but insisted it was an act of self-defence. (more…)