Merchant Marine

  • Vessel Released

    A Greek bulk carrier seized in the Gulf of Aden seven months ago was reportedly “released from pirate control” on Saturday, according to EUNAVFOR. The 72,000-tonne Eleni P, with a […]

  • New USCG Guidance

    The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a new directive for U.S. Flag vessels operating in waters where the risk of pirate attack is high. Maritime Security (MARSEC) Directive 104-6 (Rev. 4), […]

  • More Than Force

    Thomas Ernst from EUNAVFOR believes that pirates operating off the Somali coast will not be defeated by force alone. “It is arguable how much of a deterrent effect counter-piracy forces are […]

  • Cautious Welcome

    A senior U.N. official has apparently cautiously welcomed news that an anti-piracy force is being created in Somalia but he and U.S. officials say they’re concerned about the degree of […]

  • Fighting Fund

    Reports are emerging that an “un-named Muslim country” is directly funding the creation of a 1000 strong, “well-armed and privately trained militia force” in Somalia’s north to fight piracy. The […]

  • Raising Awareness

    The International Committee on Seafarers Welfare (ICSW) has arranged a Piracy Awareness seminar for the maritime community in the Philippines on Tuesday 7 December followed by detailed practical workshops on […]

  • Bon Voyage

    The Spanish Defence Minister, Carme Chacón, has praised the sailors on board the Spanish ship ‘Patiño’ bound for waters off the coast of Somalia. The defense minister made no secret of […]

  • Second Time Unlucky

    Somali pirates recently hit the 1066-TEU Malaysian container ship “ALBEDO” (10,859-gt, built 1993). The vessel was attacked about 900 n.miles off Mogadishu. The ship has a crew made up of Pakistani, Bangladeshi, […]

  • Armed And Effective

    Information is emerging of an armed team onboard the Iranian VLCC “Hadi” having played a significant role in warding off a Pirate attack. Internet reports said that the National Iranian Tanker Company […]

  • Waiting for Demands

    Almost a month after two South Africans were kidnapped off the east African coast by suspected Somali pirates, there was still no ransom demand or any word on their fate. […]

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