• Ransom Paid

    Somali pirates received a ransom of US$7 million for the release of two Spanish hostages held for four-and-a-half months, a pirate claims. The payment was dropped by helicopter. “The ransom […]

  • Safely Home

    The 24 Filipino seafarers aboard the recently-freed “MV Renuar” arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Thursday afternoon via Emirates Airlines, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). […]

  • Ransoms Lower

    Somali piracy has taken an “alarming turn” since the beginning of the year, becoming more “prevalent, lucrative and violent”. According to an insurance conference, an estimated $65 million was paid […]

  • Ill Treatment

    Two Danish hostages held since February were reported to be ill but their captors were not willing to let a doctor see them, according to reports. The Danish woman and […]

  • Cash Calls

    The Somali pirates who have been holding seven Danes as hostage since February have turned down a ransom of around US$600,000. The brother of Jan Quist Johansen, whose family was […]

  • Striking Back

    Indian maritime unions and shipping organisations warned that piracy could prompt a withdrawal of labour from countries providing crews if nothing is done to tackle the problem. “There is a […]

  • Running out of Patience

    When you are provoked beyond all measure and there seems no immediate prospect of respite, you are entitled to protest as loudly as you are able. So if the man […]

  • Facing Execution

    More than 30 Pakistanis taken hostage by Somali pirates, face execution if their families fail to raise enough money to pay the ransom, the Foreign Office informed a Senate panel. […]

  • Renuar Release

    Twenty-four Filipino seafarers on board a hijacked cargo vessel have been released by Somali pirates, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has claimed. The Panama-flagged vessel “MV Renuar” and […]

  • Harsh Reality

    A seafarer, Sanauddin Baloch, has spoken of his time in captivity onboard “Rak Afrikana”. During his captivity he lost 20 kilograms, he suffered mental, physical and emotional torture. The ordeal […]