Merchant Marine

  • More Motherships

    The capture of the vessel “MV Sinar Kudus” has seen Somali pirates gain another valuable “mothership” from which to launch raids. Almost immediately after the ship was captured (after being over […]

  • Potential for Catastrophe

    The former head of the Royal Navy Lord West of Spithead has warned that Somali pirates could create a “huge catastrophe” by disrupting the United Kingdom’s energy supplies. During question […]

  • MV HANNIBAL II Released

    The Chemical Tanker MV HANNIBAL II, was released from pirate control on 17 March 2011.  The Panamanian flagged vessel was hijacked on 11 November 2010, approximately 860 nautical miles East of […]

  • MV Sinar Kudus Pirated

    Shortly after sunrise on 16 March, the Bulk Cargo Carrier MV Sinar Kudus was pirated around 320 nautical miles North East of the island of Socotra in the Somali Basin. […]

  • Saving Captain Phillips

    Tom Hanks is attached to play Captain Richard Phillips in Sony’s adaptation of the Captain’s memoir about the Somali pirate hostage situation that went down in 2009. The film will follow […]

  • Harrowing Ordeal Ends

    Sixteen Tanzanians have returned home. Their ordeal saw them kept in one room, fed one meal per day and often harassed by the pirates. They said the pirates shot dead […]

  • Fishermen Freed

    Forty Four fishermen – seven Thais and 37 Burmese – held hostage by Somalia pirates since April last year, have returned to Thailand after their ordeal. The Thai naval ship […]

  • Israel Intercepts Ship

    Israel’s navy has intercepted a ship in the Mediterranean that it suspects of carrying weapons for Hamas fighters in Gaza. According to Israeli navy sources a ship bound for Egypt […]

  • MEND Threatens Ports

    Risk advisories for Nigeria have been issued following the threat issued yesterday by The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), a militant group from the oil-rich delta […]

  • Grudge Match

    Ecoterra International has stated that the level of violence being used by pirates has drastically escalated. There are many potential reasons for this, but one very interesting theory has stated that the increased […]