• Set Free

    Somali pirates have freed a Chinese-owned cargo vessel they had held for nearly seven months. Owned and managed by Ningbo Hongyuan Ship Management Ltd, the Panama-flagged cargo carrier “Yuan Xiang” […]

  • Guilty Plea

    A Yemeni man plans to plead guilty to piracy next week for his role in the hijacking of a yacht off the coast of Africa that left four Americans dead, […]

  • Beyond Piracy

      According to a new study “Oceans Beyond Piracy”, Somali pirates attacked more than 4,000 seafarers with firearms or rocket propelled grenades last year and almost 500 seafarers suffered abuse […]

  • Holy Orders

    The Catholic Church has issued a  statement on:  ‘Piracy and seafarers: a human crisis’. They urge Governments and international organizations, to act in bringing seafarers home and to find solutions […]

  • No Fly Zone

    Two planes (a Citation jet and a Cessna caravan single-engine) seized in Somalia with $3.6 million in ransom money were modified without civil aviation authorisation to enable them drop cash […]

  • Deadly Delay

    Sources have confirmed that the Taiwanese skipper of a hijacked fishing vessel was killed on May 10. A full eleven days before the ministry in Taipei was eventually informed. Captain Wu […]

  • Crew OK

    The crew of an Algerian flagged cargo ship that was seized by pirates earlier this year is sound and healthy but exhausted from filthy living conditions, a spokesman for their […]

  • Sad Death

    The master of a hijacked UAE ship has died of a brain haemorrhage. Captain Kumar suffered a stroke in captivity onboard “RAK Afrikana”, which pirates abandoned after reportedly receiving $1.2m. […]

  • Release Beckons

    Pirates are set to release an Egyptian multipurpose ship after payment of a ransom. The Red Sea Navigation multipurpose vessel 17,000-dwt “Suez” (built 1984) is expected to be freed after […]

  • Grim Find

    In a rather unusual case, a Filipino seafarer has been found dead days after his ship was attacked by pirates off the coast of the west African nation of Benin. […]