ARTICLES RELATING TO PIRATES

UN authorises patrols against Somali pirates

2014-11-13 09:07

The UN has voted to authorise international ships to keep patrolling sea lanes off Somalia and protecting shipping in the Indian Ocean from pirates who threaten the delivery of humanitarian aid.

11 held by Somali pirates freed after 4 years

2014-06-07 22:30

Eleven sailors mostly from Asia held hostage for almost four years by Somali pirates have been freed and are safe on their way to Kenya, mediators say.

Kenya jails 24 Somali pirates

2014-01-23 19:32

A Kenyan court has sentenced 24 Somalis to seven years each in prison for attempting to hijack an Iranian merchant vessel in October 2010.

UN tells Somalia to pass anti-piracy laws

2013-11-18 23:07

The UN Security Council has told Somalia to pass anti-piracy laws, and chase pirates more aggressively.

Nigerian navy kills 12 pirates

2013-08-20 14:07

The Nigerian navy has killed 12 suspected pirates and rescued a hijacked vessel laden with fuel in the country’s oil-producing Niger Delta region, authorities say.

Jury recommends life sentences for pirates

2013-08-03 21:02

A US jury has recommended that three Somali pirates be sentenced to life in prison in the killing of four Americans aboard their yacht off the east coast of Africa.

Pirates raid chemical tanker off Togo

2013-07-18 13:02

Pirates have robbed a chemical tanker off the coast of Togo this week, a maritime agency and a security source says, the latest attack in increasingly dangerous West African waters.

West Africa has world's worst piracy rate

2013-06-19 07:47

West Africa has overtaken Somalia as the world's piracy hot-spot with 966 sailors attacked last year, the International maritime Bureau says.

Tanker missing off west Africa

2013-06-14 19:02

A French-flagged tanker has gone missing in piracy-plagued waters off West Africa, the International Maritime Bureau says, warning other ships in the area to be on guard.

Africa states to adopt anti-piracy code

2013-06-04 21:25

West African heads of state will meet to adopt a code to fight growing piracy in their coastal waters.

Pirates release German ship's crew

2013-05-25 21:01

A German shipping company says four crew from one of its vessels have been released a month after they were kidnapped by pirates off Equatorial Guinea's coast.

Nigeria: Pirates free Polish, Russian crew

2013-05-14 15:11

Pirates have released five Polish and Russian crew members they kidnapped from a cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria last month, the vessel’s management company says.

Pirates kidnap 4 from ship off E-Guinea

2013-04-26 07:34

Pirates have kidnapped four crew members after they attacked a container ship off the coast of Equatorial Guinea, the vessel’s management company says.

Somali pirates release 26 sailors

2013-03-12 16:26

Somali pirates have released a Greek-owned oil tanker and its 26 sailors, including 14 Filipinos, who were seized in the Arabian Sea 10 months ago.

Pirates kidnap 3 in offshore Nigeria attack

2013-03-07 13:37

Pirates attacked an oil industry supply vessel in Nigerian waters this week and kidnapped three crew, security sources say, in the latest attack off the coast of Africa’s biggest crude producer.

French tanker hijacked by pirates

2013-02-04 10:25

The International Maritime Bureau says that a French-owned oil tanker that went missing off the Ivory Coast over the weekend is believed to have been hijacked by pirates.

Pirates seize oil tanker in Ivory Coast

2013-01-21 16:16

Armed men have hijacked a tanker carrying 5 000 tons of oil from an Ivory Coast port and taken it off the coast of Ghana, though its precise whereabouts are known.

Calls for tougher prosecution of pirates

2012-11-20 11:00

The United Nations has called for stronger prosecutions of pirates and more action by shipping companies to deter bandits at sea.

Greek tanker missing off west Africa

2012-10-08 14:13

A Greek ship management company says it has lost contact with one of its tankers off the coast of western Africa, where several vessels have been attacked by pirates.

Danish film spotlights Africa piracy

2012-09-19 22:16

A new Danish film made on a shoestring budget confronts global piracy on the high seas through a drama about negotiations to free a vessel and crew seized by Somali marauders.

SA hostages being evaluated before trial

2012-09-05 22:28

South African couple Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz are being evaluated to see if they can face some of the Somali pirates who took them hostage, East Coast Radio Newswatch says.

Togo pirates release hijacked ship

2012-08-30 22:35

Pirates in Togo have released a tanker with 24 Russian crew on board after siphoning off part of the fuel cargo.

Pirates release hijacked UK tanker

2012-08-24 14:34

Pirates have released a British-managed oil tanker, five days after hijacking it off Togo in the Gulf of Guinea, the International Maritime Bureau says.

US judge gives Somali pirate life x12

2012-08-13 22:39

A high-ranking Somali pirate negotiator has been given 12 life sentences from a US judge.

Pirates attack oil tanker

2012-07-01 09:49

An international watchdog says pirates have attacked an oil tanker off Nigeria but failed to board it or harm its crew.

 

Legal trade needed to end Somali piracy

2014-07-10 20:22

A new study says local infrastructure, especially roads are the key to ending Somalia's piracy problem.

Greek tanker believed hijacked off Ghana

2014-06-06 12:20

A Greek tanker with 24 crew aboard is believed to have been hijacked off Ghana in the Gulf of Guinea, International Maritime Bureau says.

Pirates seize first ship in Somali area since 2012

2014-01-19 21:35

NAIROBI, Jan 19 - Pirates have seized a merchant ship in the Red Sea and have taken it south towards Somali waters in the first successful hijacking in the region since 2012, maritime officials said on Sunday.

Pirates kidnap two US sailors off Nigeria

2013-10-24 21:32

Pirates have stormed an oil supply vessel off southern Nigeria and kidnapped the ship's captain and chief engineer, both US citizens, a private security firm and US officials say.

UN urges action to combat piracy

2013-08-15 10:21

The UN Security Council is urging more action to combat the rise in piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea off Africa’s west coast.

Pirates release hijacked oil tanker

2013-07-22 21:02

Turkey's ambassador to Gabon says pirates have released an oil tanker hijacked last week off the West African country's coast, leaving its 24-member crew unharmed.

African states join forces to tackle piracy

2013-06-27 09:17

West and central African nations have agreed to create a regional centre for co-ordinating the fight against a sharp rise in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

Piracy surge endangering shipping

2013-06-18 16:54

Pirate attacks off West Africa's Gulf of Guinea have almost doubled since last year and threaten to increase the costs and jeopardise the shipping of commodities.

Kenya jails nine Somali pirates

2013-06-10 19:44

A Kenyan court has sentenced nine Somali citizens each to five years in prison after finding them guilty of violently hijacking a vessel.

Pirates kidnap crew off Nigerian coast

2013-05-28 13:50

Armed pirates have attacked an oil products tanker off the coast of Nigeria in West Africa and abducted an unknown number of crew, security sources say.

Saudi ship owner paid pirates $2.6m

2013-05-14 19:44

The Saudi owner of an Algerian cargo ship whose crew were held by Somali pirates for 10 months has admitted paying $2.6m to free them in November 2011, a report says.

Pirates kidnap 5 from ship off Nigeria

2013-04-29 13:48

Pirates have kidnapped five crew members from a cargo ship off Nigeria, a piracy watchdog and a security source say.

Zuma extends SANDF piracy watch

2013-04-09 21:04

The South African National Defence Force will continue anti-piracy operations in Mozambique and Tanzania, after President Jacob Zuma extended the operation for a year, the presidency says.

Nigeria pirates free 3 kidnapped sailors

2013-03-12 08:31

Three foreign sailors kidnapped from their British-operated cargo ship by pirates last month off the coast of Nigeria have been released, the vessel's operator says.

Tanker, crew hijacked off I Coast freed

2013-02-06 15:22

A French company that had one of its diesel tankers and a crew of 17 sailors hijacked off Ivory Coast says its vessel and workers are now free.

Report: UN document links Britons to piracy

2013-01-26 22:08

The Times of London says a secret section of a United Nations report has linked British citizens with Somali piracy.

Sea piracy falls to 5-year low in 2012

2013-01-16 12:26

World sea piracy fell to its lowest level in five years in 2012, thanks to a huge reduction in Somali piracy, an international maritime watchdog says.

Pirates release tanker off West africa

2012-10-09 21:33

The captain of a Greek-operated tanker says his vessel had been hijacked by pirates off the Gulf of Guinea, on Africa's west coast, and then released.

Pirates attack German-owned ship off Togo

2012-10-05 12:35

Pirates have released a German-owned tanker off Togo, a day after capturing it, the International Maritime Bureau says, as it warns of a rising number of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea.

Pirate fighter held for extortion in CT

2012-09-15 12:09

A security expert who protected ships from pirate hijackings in the Indian Ocean has been arrested for extortion in Cape Town, a report says.

Singapore-owned tanker hijacked in Lagos

2012-09-05 11:39

Pirates have hijacked a Singapore-owned oil tanker in the Nigerian port of Lagos- the third attack in just over two weeks in the Gulf of Guinea, the International Maritime Bureau says.

Pirates kidnap 24 off Togo coast

2012-08-28 19:58

Pirates have attacked an oil tanker off the coast of Togo, taking control of its bridge and kidnapping 24 Russian sailors before escaping amid a shoot-out with a naval patrol boat.

SA hostages to face Somali captors

2012-08-20 22:12

South African couple Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz will face some of the Somali pirates who took them hostage, when they travel to the Netherlands to testify in their trial, a report says.

World sea piracy falls

2012-07-16 13:00

Sea piracy worldwide has fallen by 54% in the first half of 2012, led by a dramatic drop in Somali piracy, says an international maritime watchdog.

Calitz: We felt good vibes from SA

2012-06-27 22:37

Debbie Calitz, freed after being held hostage for 20 months in Somalia along with her partner, says they must have felt vibrations from South African people, because something kept them strong.

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