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Maersk on Piracy: “Effective military capacity needs to be deployed.”

Pirates. Guns. Boat. Camoflage

BLOOMBERG, JANUARY 18, 2021 “The risk has reached a level where effective military capacity needs to be deployed.” (Bloomberg) — The world’s biggest shipping company demanded a more effective military response to surging pirate attacks and record kidnappings off the coast of West Africa. The number of attacks on vessels globally jumped 20% last year to 195, with 135 crew …

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Supply Chain Threats: Time to arm ships and shoot to kill when attacked by pirates

Ship filled with armed pirates dressed in black

PortandTerminal.com, March 22, 2020 LONDON – DRYAD is reporting this morning that the Portuguese flagged container vessel MSC TALIA F was boarded and 7 crew members kidnapped 52nm West Port Libreville. MSC TALIA F was boarded and 7 crew members kidnapped 52nm West Port Libreville. It is believed that the vessel has a crew of 17 all understood to be …

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Vicious Abu Sayyaf pirates kidnap 8 from Malaysian fishing trawler

Masked pirates carrying knives and an axe on a speeding boat

PortandTerminal.com, January 19, 2020 MANILA – The Philippine military on Sunday said it has launched search and rescue operations for five Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by militants belonging to the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group in Malaysian waters last week. Abu Sayyaf, which has its roots in separatism, is notorious for banditry and piracy, including beheading some captives if no ransom …

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Pirates kidnap 19 seafarers from VLCC off Nigeria

PortandTerminal.com, December 4, 2019 The piracy situation in West Africa worsens with a VLCC raided by armed men yesterday and 19 crew kidnapped. LAGOS, NIGERIA – Nineteen crew members of a tanker vessel identified as Nave Constellation have been kidnapped by pirates. The attack occurred while the vessel was sailing around 100 nautical miles off Bonny Island, Nigeria on December …

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FLOATING ARMOURIES: The ships full of guns for hire against pirates

PortandTerminal.com, November 16, 2019 LONDON, ENGLAND – While pirate attacks on large container ships have dropped sharply over the past several years, they remain an ever-constant threat in certain maritime hotspots. It is these pirate attacks that fuel the demand for floating armouries, or Vessel Based Armouries as they are known in the business. This November alone, PortandTerminal.com has reported …

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Second kidnapping today off of Africa’s west coast

November 4, 2019, by Reuters Pirates Kidnap Four Crew from Greek Tanker Off Togo – Togo Navy. LOME, TOGO Nov 4 (Reuters) – Pirates attacked a Greek oil tanker off the coast of Togo on Monday and fled after taking four crew members as hostages, the West African nation’s navy and Greek authorities said, two days after a similar attack in the waters of …

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Nine crew kidnapped from bulk carrier off Benin

PortandTerminal.com, November 4, 2019 CONTONOU, BENIN – Nine crew members including the captain were taken hostage from the bulk carrier MV Bonita in the early morning hours of November 2 off Cotonou, Benin, according to the Norwegian shipowner J.J. Ugland. According to the Benin port authorities, the ship was attacked almost 9 miles (15 km) outside the port’s entrance. The …

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Pirates ‘on speedboats’ kidnap 10 Turkish sailors off coast of Nigeria

PortandTerminal.com, July 16, 2019 Armed pirates attacked a cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped 10 of the Turkish vessel’s crew members. ABUJA, NIGERIA – A group of 10 Turkish sailors has been kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria, reportedly for ransom. A Turkish cargo ship was attacked by pirates off the coast Nigeria on early Tuesday with ten sailors, all Turkish …

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Group offers to bring murdered sailor’s yacht home from Panama

PortandTerminal.com, May 31, 2019 Alan Culverwell was killed by pirates who invaded his family’s boat earlier this month while it was docked off the Guna Yala region, on Panama’s northern coastline. A not-for-profit organisation has offered to bring the yacht of Alan Culverwell, who was killed by pirates in Panama, home to New Zealand for free. Among The People has reached out to the …

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