Merchant Marine

  • Violence Escalates

    Somali pirates are becoming increasingly violent in their attacks on foreign vessels experts have warned. Speaking about the increased use of violence and torture, particularly in the wake of the […]

  • Towed To Rescue

    Madagascar’s navy on Sunday towed into port a hijacked Comoros-flagged vessel almost a week after its captain and two suspected pirates arrived on the island to seek help, an official […]

  • Seafarer Ban Close

    The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) claims to be moving closer to advising seafarers to consider avoiding working in all the affected areas – including the Indian Ocean. The statement […]

  • SAMI: taking on the pirates

    SMT Online Web Exclusive 25 Feb 11 The world’s oceans are a ‘super highway’ for trade, but that also renders them a magnet for piracy. Consultant Peter Cook explains why […]

  • Mission Against Piracy

    The Revd Tom Heffer secretary-general of the Mission to Seafarers has released a heartfelt and compelling statement on the need to fight Piracy: AS I joined shipping’s great and good […]

  • Yacht Tragedy

    The four Americans aboard their captured yacht, S/V Quest in the Indian Ocean, have been shot dead by Somali pirates, the US military has reported. US naval forces on the […]

  • Maritime Security Review

    Bad Getting Worse

    It’s official – Somali piracy keeps reaching hitherto unimagined peaks (or troughs depending on your perspective). According to Peter Hinchliffe, secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping, “It is […]

  • Satellite Tracked

    According to reports from the European Space Agency, the the Italian space agency Cosmo-SkyMed satellites, have acquired the first images of the Italian oil tanker Savina Caylyn since it was […]

  • Game Changes

    There are concerns being voiced that Somali pirates now have the capability of reaching the coastal waters of other nations. Particularly at risk are the waters around Sri Lanka, down […]

  • Pointing The Finger

    Ecoterra, an organisation run by volunteers from in and outside Somalia, has become increasingly high profile as its piracy reporting  has become the mainstay of many a news source. Given the recent taking […]