Somali pirates hijack Indian commercial ship

By Abdiqani Hassan Pirates have hijacked an Indian commercial ship off the coast of Somalia, the second attack in weeks after years of inactivity by pirates, industry and security sources said on Monday. United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), which coordinates the management of all merchant ships and yachts in the Gulf of Aden area, […]

Pirates release hijacked dhow

On March 24th, UKMTO reported that pirates had hijacked a Somali fishing vessel, Casayr II No.30, off Eyl, Puntland, with the intent to use it as a mother ship from which to launch attacks against merchant vessels. The IMB reports that pirates released 13 Yemeni crew members but kept seven on board, including the Captain, Engineer and […]

Ships more at risk after first Somali pirate attack in years: officials

By Jonathan Saul Merchant vessels sailing through busy shipping lanes between Somalia and Yemen may be underestimating the risk of piracy and terrorism following two attempted attacks last month, maritime officials say. More than 40 percent of the world’s seaborne oil supplies pass through the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea, a major shipping lane […]