Somali pirates still have skills to attack merchant ships – IMB

The hijacking of an Indian dhow in early April was one of five incidents off Somalia reported in the second quarter of 2017, the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) says in its latest report. “Added to a further three reports of vessels coming under fire and a bulk carrier boarded by pirates in the Gulf […]

Another boat capsizes in Mediterranean off Libya, 23 rescued, 100 feared dead

Around 100 people were missing, feared drowned, in the Mediterranean on Tuesday after a migrant dinghy capsized off Libya, according to rescue teams frantically searching for survivors in darkness and rough seas. German NGO Jugend Rettet, whose boat was at the scene, said 23 survivors had been rescued by an oil tanker which was first […]

U.S. sees mounting evidence of Houthi role in strike on U.S. warship

By Phil Stewart The United States is seeing growing indications that Iran-allied Houthi rebels, despite denials, were responsible for Sunday’s attack on a Navy destroyer off the Yemen coast, U.S. officials told Reuters. The rebels appeared to use small skiffs as spotters to help direct a missile attack on the warship, said U.S. officials, who […]

Shipping’s involvement in the refugee crisis is bittersweet, says ICS

Reduction in migrants picked up by Merchant ships, but death toll rising. By HOLLY BIRKETT The pressure exerted on merchant shipping by the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean is easing off, according to latest figures, but the secretary-general of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has expressed disappointment that the death toll is rising. Some 555 […]