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  • 8 November 2016

    Global piracy has shifted away from hijacking and towards kidnapping as the number of kidnappings now stands at 44 for the period from January to 30 September 2016, according to IHS Markit. Within the same time-frame 37 percent of crew involved in a piracy situation have been kidnapped. The number represents a significant increase compared […]

  • 2 May 2016
    Business & Finance

    Ten Indonesian crewmembers who were kidnapped on March 26 in the Philippine waters have been released from captivity, according to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The crew were taken following the hijacking of tug Brahma 12 and the barge Anand 12 during their voyage from Sungai Puting, South Kalimatan to Batangas, South Philippines. The tug was released by the end of March, […]

  • 11 July 2016

    Three Indonesian crew members were kidnapped from their tugboat by armed pirates off the coast of Sabah, Malaysia, according to Reuters. The seafarers were taken in the evening hours of July 9 while their vessel was in the waters off the east coast of Sabah. At the time of the incident, the tugboat was carrying seven […]

  • 3 July 2020
    Safety, Vessels

    Five crew members of a general cargo ship Kota Budi have been kidnapped by armed men off Cotonou, Benin, Dryad Global said citing a high confidence source. The kidnapped crew, including the master, are all Chinese nationals. The multipurpose vessel, built in 2013, is owned and operated by Singapore’s Pacific International Lines (PIL). PIL confirmed […]

  • 24 February 2016

    Since mid-January there has been a notable uptick in reported incidents of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, showing that pirates have given up on oil cargo theft and instead started kidnapping crew members for ransom, UK-owned risk management solutions provider Protection Group International (PGI) said. The analyst said that in January there were four recorded attacks on […]

  • 25 March 2016

    Two offshore workers that were kidnapped in Nigeria last month have been set free. The workers of Russian and Nigerian nationality had been aboard the Bourbon Liberty 251 vessel, off the coast of Nigeria when they were abducted on February 23. According to Bourbon, the owner of the anchor handling vessel, the two men “have been […]

  • 16 December 2019

    The incident has been described as “the largest kidnapping event in West Africa within 2019”.

  • 10 January 2017

    More crew were kidnapped at sea in 2016 than in any of the previous 10 years, despite global piracy reaching its lowest levels since 1998, according to the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual piracy report. In its 2016 report, IMB recorded 191 incidents of piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas. “The continued […]

  • 2 July 2020
    Safety, Vessels

    A group of armed men attacked the FPSO Sendje Berge some 30 nautical miles southwest from Bonny Island, earlier today, kidnapping some of its crew members. The news first emerged on the website of the UK-based security intel firm Dryad Global, which cited a ‘high confidence’ report, according to which 11 crew members of the […]

  • 23 June 2016

    In an effort to deal with the rising number of kidnappings and pirate attacks in the Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia have joined forces to decrease security risks in the area, according to the Philippine Department of National Defense. In a meeting held on Monday, the parties agreed to designate a transit corridor for […]

  • 25 July 2016

    Piracy and armed robbery at sea have fallen to their lowest levels since 1995, despite a surge in kidnappings off West Africa, according to a report from the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB). IMB’s global piracy report shows 98 incidents in the first half of 2016, compared with 134 for the same period in […]

  • 23 December 2019
    Business & Finance

    Kidnapped Nave Constellation crew released.

  • 11 November 2016

    Six crew members were kidnapped from a general cargo ship which was attacked by pirates some 10 nautical miles off the Basilan Island, the Philippines, according to data provided by International Maritime Bureau (IMB). In the incident, which occurred in the early morning hours on November 11, ten persons armed with guns approached the vessel while […]

  • 4 November 2019
    Business & Finance

    Armed pirates have kidnapped four crew members from a Greek tanker off Lome, Togo.

  • 20 February 2020

    Ten crew members have been kidnapped from a crude oil tanker off Cotonou, Benin.

  • 22 April 2016

    Indonesia has issued a warning to all vessels to stay clear of transiting areas around the southern Philippines as the number of hijackings along the shipping route between the Philippines and Indonesia increases, according to Reuters. The warning follows a recent surge in pirate attacks on the route, through which some USD 40 billion worth of cargo transits per […]

  • 11 May 2020
    Infrastructure, Regulation & policy, Safety, Vessels

    Two new pirate attacks that resulted in the kidnapping of seafarers have been reported in the Gulf of Guinea. It appears that both incidents could be related.

  • 4 May 2020
    Safety, Vessels

    Over the past five days, a total of 16 seafarers were kidnapped by pirates off the coast of West Africa, marking a continuation of rampant pirate activity in the region. Ten mariners were kidnapped in an attack reported by Dryad on April 30, when pirates boarded Panama-flagged oil products tanker MT Vemahope some 178 nautical […]

  • 25 December 2019

    Seven kidnapped crew members of Pacific Warden released.

  • 7 March 2013

    Pirates have kidnapped three sailors from an offshore support vessel in Nigerian waters.  The attack reportedly occurred Tuesday, March 5, in the Niger Delta. According to Reuters, the pirates have kidnapped the captain, chief engineer and second engineer from the Armada Tuah 22 Anchor Handling Tug. The vessel, owned by Malaysia’s Bumi Armada, is under […]

  • 10 February 2017
    Business & Finance

    The Gulf of Guinea and Southeast Asia have seen a significant increase in kidnapping incidents in 2016, according to data released by UK’s maritime intelligence and operations company Dryad Maritime. The 2016 figures show that 62 people were kidnapped worldwide in comparison to 19 in 2015 and 9 in 2014. While the number of mariners involved is small, […]

  • 4 May 2016

    The Gulf of Guinea pirates have been yielding ransom payments of up to USD 400,000 for kidnapped seafarers in 2015, according to a maritime piracy report released by Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP). While piracy in the region started 2015 with a series of violent incidents, kidnapping for ransom was the most widespread model of piracy throughout the year, which continued escalating into […]