End Piracy in the Gulf of Aden

By Rear Admiral Terry McKnight, US Navy (Retired) Steaming off the coast of Somalia on the morning of 13 March 2017, the motor vessel Aris 13 came under attack by two skiffs and was taken hostage by Somali pirates. For the first time in more than five years Somali pirates were successful in taking a […]

Has Somali Piracy Returned?

By Lisa Otto Since the hijacking of an oil tanker off the coast of Alula, Puntland on March 13 and its release without ransom three days later, the media has voiced concerns as to whether Somali piracy maybe about to resurge. This recent incident and those that have followed it provide an opportunity to look back at Somali piracy: what […]

Is Africa facing a new wave of piracy?

By Tomi Oladipo, BBC Monitoring Africa security correspondent The recent hijacking of a ship by Somali pirates was the first such incident off the Horn of Africa since 2012, and more ships are being targeted off West Africa. But why are attacks increasing and how should the international community respond? The latest State of Maritime Piracy […]

China Burnishes Anti-Piracy Credentials Without Clarifying Possible Use of Lethal Force

The Chinese Ministry of National Defense clarified the extent of the Chinese Navy’s anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean. By Ankit Panda A few weeks ago, I discussed China’s aspirations to burnish its anti-piracy credentials by responding forcefully to the new resurgence in piracy off the Horn of Africa. In at least two incidents in […]

Chinese navy hands over three pirates to Somali authorities

By Abdiqani Hassan A Chinese navy ship handed over three suspected pirates to Somali authorities on Friday, police said, underscoring the determination of international naval forces to stamp out a resurgence of piracy this year. The pirates were involved in the attempted hijacking in April of the OS35, a Tuvalu-flagged cargo ship that was rescued […]

Maritime piracy report sees first Somali hijackings after five-year lull

Pirates and armed robbers attacked 43 ships and captured 58 seafarers in the first quarter of 2017, slightly more than the same period last year, according to the latest ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) piracy report. The global report highlights persisting violence in piracy hotspots off Nigeria and around the Southern Philippines – where two […]

China to continue escort mission against pirate threats

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy will continue escort missions, a long-term task, Yang Yujun, spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defense (MOD) said at a press briefing Thursday. China will continue to play its role in maintaining regional stability and safeguarding vital marine routes, Yang said when responding to reporters’ questions on the […]

As Somali Pirates Return, Chinese Navy Boasts of Anti-Piracy Operations

The Chinese Navy wants to be taken seriously as a guarantor of the global commons. By Ankit Panda In mid-March, the hijacking of a merchant fuel tanker off the coast of Somalia jolted the world of maritime shipping. Somalia’s infamous pirates had announced their return. Fortunately, in their relative period of dormancy since 2012 — […]

Somali security forces 'rescue sailors' from Indian ship

Somali security forces have rescued eight sailors who were kidnapped by pirates, an official says. The pirates hijacked the Indian cargo ship last month, seizing the 10-man crew and holding them for ransom. Security forces freed the vessel and two of the crew on Monday. The pirates escaped with the other eight who have now […]

Somalia rescue shows China's ability to protect peace: media

From K J M Varma Beijing, Apr 11 (PTI) Chinas official media today said the successful anti-piracy operation by the PLA navy in the Gulf of Aden has proved the countrys ability to protect regional peace and lashed out at the western media for criticising Beijings outreach as “maritime hegemony”. The rescue operation of Tuvalu-flagged […]