CMF: Guidance on Maritime Security Transit Corridor

The following information from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) relates to transits through the Gulf of Aden, Bab Al Mandeb (BaM), Southern Red Sea, and associated waters.  It does not replace any previous guidance. Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandeb have highlighted the risks associated with transiting […]

Only a Strong State Can Put a Stop to Piracy in Somalia

BY SARAH CRAZE Stopping piracy has always been difficult, expensive and time consuming. However, the pirates of the 21st century have proven to be even more resilient. The Gulf of Aden has been vulnerable to piracy since 2008 when pirates escalated hijack and ransom attempts on merchant ships. Ransom demands skyrocketed to millions of dollars. But after […]

An Uptick in Somali Piracy Caused by a Wave of Poor Maritime Decision-Making

Piracy is on the rise off the coast of Somalia again and there’s evidence that perhaps the maritime industry may have itself to blame. Indeed, the recent Somali hijacking of the Aris 13, a Comoros-flagged fuel tanker belonging to a Greek company, should be a wake-up call to the shipping industry that complacency is dangerous. […]

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 […]

Pirates off Africa's coast attacking more sailors

By Katherine Harris After five years of no major attacks on merchant vessels, piracy around the Horn of Africa seemed to be on hiatus. Acts of piracy in those treacherous waters have fallen sharply since 2012, according to statistics released by the United States Navy. The Navy credits aggressive patrolling by international forces and increased vigilance by the […]

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 […]

EU calls for renewed efforts to battle resurgent piracy off Somalia

The resurgent piracy attacks off the vast Somali coastline is a result of the growing insecurity in the Horn of Africa region, which calls for renewed security partnership to defeat, a commander of an international naval task force against piracy told Xinhua. Commander Jacqui Sheriff, Spokesperson for the European Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) operating off […]

DG Shipping warns Indian ships to stay away from Gulf of Aden

The advisory mentions that it is due to the recent piracy attack on an Indian vessel on the coast of Somalia region ATEEQ SHAIKH In the aftermath of the recent piracy attacks at the Gulf of Aden, the Directorate General of Shipping has issued an advisory to Indian vessel owners to refrain from sailing in […]

India, China navies stop suspected Somali pirate attack on merchant vessel

By Aditya Kalra A Chinese navy ship supported by an Indian navy helicopter thwarted an attack by suspected Somali pirates on a Tuvalu-flagged merchant ship, India’s defense ministry said on Sunday. The ship, known as OS 35, was reported to be under attack on Saturday. The Indian defense ministry said four of its navy ships […]

Officials waiting for information on ship hijacked off Somalia

SAHER BALOCH KARACHI: A senior official of the shipping ministry indicated on Thursday that a Pakistani vessel named Salama-I had been seized by pirates off Somalia a few days ago but added that more information about the incident was still awaited. Asad Rafi Chandna, the director general of the Ministry of Ports and Shipping, said […]