piracy News

IMB Report Notes Piracy Increasing in W. Africa; Somalia Still Main Threat

The latest global piracy report from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) cites 102 “incidents of piracy and armed robbery” for the first quarter of 2012, “with dangerously increasing numbers in West African waters.” According to …

Willis Marine Market Review Forecasts ‘Another Difficult Year’

After an inauspicious start, 2012 could well be “another difficult and uncertain year for the maritime industry faced with the aftermath of the Costa Concordia, further problems in the euro zone, pirate attacks and increased sanctions,” according to Willis Global …

Seafarers’ Org. Lauds EU’s Extension of Somali Anti-piracy Operations

The SOS – SaveOurSeafarers – campaign announced that it “welcomes the extension of the EU counter- piracy operation until end 2014, and the EU decision to broaden the scope of its naval operation in the Gulf of Aden and Indian …

EU Council Extends Somalia Counter-piracy Operation; OK’s Coastal Missions

The Council of the European Union has prolonged the EU’s counter-piracy operation Atalanta by two more years, until December 2014. The Council also said that the decision “extended the force’s area of operations to include Somali coastal territory as well …

Anti-Piracy Group SOS SaveOurSeafarers Welcomes UK Gov’t. Support

SOS SaveOurSeafarers has issued the following statement following a conference in London on Somali piracy, organized by the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, held at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Giles Heimann, Chairman of the Group …

West Africa Waters Among Riskiest Routes for Shippers

The waters off West Africa’s coast are now a constant danger for those shipping goods and crude oil in the region, analysts said the day after pirates killed two sailors near Nigeria’s coast. Despite pledges by nations to patrol the …

2011 Piracy Attacks Totaled 439; 275 off Somalia: ICC/IMB Report

According to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) global piracy report attacks in East and West Africa accounted for the majority of world attacks in 2011, signaling a rising trend.  Of the 439 attacks reported to …

Navy Actions Reduce Somali Pirate Hijackings: Maritime Bureau

Pre-emptive strikes by naval forces, the deployment of private armed guards and protective measures by ships helped to almost halve the number of successful hijackings by Somali pirates last year, a maritime watchdog said on Thursday. Seaborne gangs are making …

Catlin Forms Partnership with Crisis Management Consulting Firms

Catlin Group Limited has formed a partnership with two specialist risk management consulting firms, which, it said, would “enhance the services it offers to clients with hijack, kidnap, extortion and wrongful detention exposures.” The partnership with Drum Cussac and Compass …

Google Tells Congress Online Anti-Piracy Bill Goes Too Far

Google Inc. warned U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that proposed legislation to crack down on foreign websites selling pirated U.S. movies, music or other counterfeit goods goes too far and could depress investment. The legislation has pit Internet giants, consumer groups …