World piracy falling, but SE Asia still a worry

2015-01-14 13:33

Piracy on the high seas fell last year to an eight-year low worldwide but the number of successful ship hijackings increased due to rising numbers of attacks in the waters off south-east Asia, a piracy watchdog said Wednesday.

Somali pirate kingpin finally arrested

2014-08-20 08:29

Somali security forces have arrested one of the country's most powerful pirate chiefs, who once hijacked giant vessels earning him multi-million dollar ransoms, security sources say.

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.

Ban pirates, UN tells Somalia

2013-11-19 07:57

The UN has unanimously called unanimously on Somalia to pass laws banning seafaring off its coasts and urged the east African nation to more aggressively combat them.

Kenya jails four Somali pirates

2013-10-23 22:04

Kenya has jailed four Somali pirates for seven years over the seizure of a fishing boat in 2010, as efforts continue to end attacks off the Horn of Africa coastline.

Malaysia jails 7 Somali pirates

2013-09-02 13:11

A Malaysian court has sentenced seven Somali pirates to between eight and 10 years imprisonment after they pleaded guilty to shooting at Malaysian troops on board a tanker in Gulf of Aden in 2011.

Kenya jails nine Somali pirates

2013-07-30 20:04

A Kenyan court in the coastal city of Mombasa has sentenced nine Somalis to five years in prison each for attempting to hijack the German merchant vessel MV Courier in the Gulf of Aden.

Somalia's ship wrecked hostages

2013-07-22 14:56

More than 50 sailors are being held for ransom in grim conditions on Somalia's pirate coast. Many of them come from poor families in Asia.

Ship seized by Somali pirates sinks

2013-07-09 11:25

A Ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2010 has sunk with 2 crew members, 6 pirates reportedly dying.

SA Navy leads anti-piracy drive

2013-06-09 17:40

The South African Navy is reportedly playing the lead role in preventing Somali pirate attacks in the Mozambique Channel.

US: Arguments begin in Somali piracy trial

2013-06-07 12:06

Attorneys for three Somalis charged with murdering four US yachters in a pirate attack say there's no evidence proving their clients fired the fatal shots.

Tackling Somali piracy 'needs new shift'

2013-04-11 11:29

Ending Somali piracy requires a shift from reliance on security at sea to targeting those on land who enable the lucrative business to thrive, according to World Bank.

5 Somalis convicted in USS Ashland case

2013-02-28 10:21

Five Somali men have been convicted for the 2010 attack on the USS Ashland off the coast of Africa.


Calitz pleads poverty

2013-01-30 14:21

Somali pirate kidnap survivor Debbie Calitz cannot afford the lawyer defending her on drugs charges, the Hatfield District Court, in Pretoria, heard on Wednesday. Watch.

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Somali pirate king-pin 'Afweyne' retires

2013-01-10 13:54

One of Somalia's most notorious pirate leaders who terrorised vast areas of the Indian Ocean, generating multi-million dollar ransoms from ships, has announced his retirement.

Former SA hostages face bitterness, split

2012-11-19 08:46

Five months after their release by Somali pirates, former hostages Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari are no longer together and relations between them and family members are strained.

Germany jails 10 Somali pirates

2012-10-19 22:15

Ten Somalia have been convicted of piracy by a German court and sentenced to prison terms of between 2 and 7 years, in Germany’s first piracy case for centuries.

Death penalty challenged in pirate case

2012-09-28 19:02

Attorneys for 3 Somalis charged with murder in the shooting deaths of 4 Americans aboard a hijacked yacht want a judge to stop prosecutors from seeking the death penalty if they're convicted.

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.

Dutch court tries Somalis for piracy

2012-09-04 16:06

Nine alleged Somali pirates have gone on trial in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam charged with opening fire on Dutch marines trying to board a captured Iranian fishing boat in 2011.

Dutch navy frees Somalis held by pirates

2012-08-14 15:30

Dutch sailors taking part in Nato's pirate-busting operation Ocean Shield have helped rescue the crew of a Somali dhow hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, Nato says.

Judge orders Somali 'pirate' released

2012-07-25 09:18

A judge has ordered the release of an alleged Somali pirate to home confinement while the government pursues an appeal that could delay his trail until next year.

Somali pirate kingpins enjoy impunity: UN experts

2012-07-18 11:09

Somalia's president has shielded a top pirate leader from arrest by issuing him a diplomatic passport, according to a United Nations investigation.

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.


South Africans Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari have finally arrived home after their release from captivity by Somali pirates.

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12 Somalis acquitted of piracy in Mauritius

2014-11-06 14:44

Twelve Somali men tried for piracy have been acquitted in Mauritius for lack of evidence, court officials said.

Somali piracy in decline, but danger still lurks

2014-05-12 07:33

The presence of an international armada and the deterrents put in place by shipping companies have reduced piracy off the Somali coast and in the Gulf of Aden to practically nothing.

World sea piracy falls for third straight year

2014-01-15 13:32

World sea piracy fell for a third straight year in 2013, as Somali pirates were curbed by international naval patrols and improved ship vigilance, an international maritime watchdog says.

Somali piracy at 7-year low – UN

2013-10-24 10:34

Pirates attacks off the coast of Somalis are at the lowest level since 2006 because of tougher ship security and more Western naval patrols, the UN says.

Somali pirates on trial for seizing French yacht

2013-10-14 11:22

Three Somali pirates have gone on trial for hijacking a yacht in 2009, which prompted a rescue operation by the French special services in which the skipper died.

Families beg pirates to free hostages

2013-08-08 12:29

Families of some of the more than 50 sailors and fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates have begged for their release, with some imprisoned now for more than two years.

Somali pirates protect illegal fish boats

2013-07-25 20:13

Frustrated by a string of failed hijacking attempts, Somali pirates have turned to a new business model: providing "security" for ships fishing illegally.

Somali piracy drops to its lowest in 7yrs

2013-07-15 12:01

Pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden dropped to their lowest level since 2006, an international watch group says.

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.

Somali pirate attack thwarted

2013-06-07 15:01

The European Union Naval Force says Somali pirates who took control of a cargo vessel with 14 Indian sailors on board have fled after counter piracy ships from the EU and Nato responded.

Fighting against Somali pirates 'effective'

2013-05-03 08:06

The fight against Somali pirates has been so effective that they haven't been able to mount a successful hijacking in nearly a year, a group says.

Somali president offers amnesty to pirates

2013-02-28 14:22

Somalia's president has offered an amnesty to young pirates in a bid to end attacks off the Horn of Africa nation’s coast as he seeks to rebuild the war-torn country.

Yemen jails 17 Somali pirates

2013-02-04 17:47

A Yemeni court has sentenced 16 Somali to 10 years in jail and another to five years behind bars for acts of piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

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.

22 hostages rescued from Somali pirates

2012-12-23 20:27

The authorities in the autonomous Somali region of Puntland say they have freed 22 hostages who were captured by pirates on a ship off the Yemeni coast in 2009.

Sea piracy level falls to lowest in years

2012-10-22 13:36

A maritime watchdog says global sea piracy has fallen to its lowest level in years as threats from Somalia ease.

Somali pirates free Greek-owned ship

2012-10-12 15:22

Somali pirates have released the Greek-owned bulk carrier Free Goddess and its 21 Filipino crew members after holding the vessel for more than eight months.

Somali pirates' party days over

2012-09-25 20:14

The empty whisky bottles and overturned, sand-filled skiffs that litter the once-bustling shoreline are signs that the heyday of Somali piracy may be over.

68 rescued off Somalia

2012-09-10 14:02

A Spanish warship on anti-piracy patrol off the Somali coast has rescued 68 people found drifting in a small boat in the Gulf of Aden, the EU navy task force says.

'Maintain pressure on Somali pirates'

2012-09-03 16:07

The shipping industry must keep up its guard despite a recent downturn in pirate attacks especially off the Somali coast, a naval task force says.

Somalia mulls pirate amnesty – report

2012-08-03 09:17

Somalia's pirates could be granted an amnesty if they release hostages and return captured vessels of their own, transitional president Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed says.

Pirate case: Judge assails prosecutors

2012-07-24 07:45

The federal judge overseeing the case of a Somali man accused of negotiating a ransom payment during a 2008 pirate takeover of a Danish merchant ship has told prosecutors they had engaged in "inexcusable behaviour".

Somali pirates release Taiwan boat

2012-07-18 09:18

A Taiwanese fishing boat seized by Somali pirates nearly 19 months ago has been freed, and its crew members have been taken to safety by a Chinese naval vessel, say officials.

SA woman: Somali pirates raped me

2012-07-13 08:40

South African couple Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz have revealed more details about their 20 months in Somali pirate captivity, including the fact that Calitz was raped.

Hostage couple thanks government

2012-06-27 21:04

The couple rescued from Somali pirates has thanked the government for working towards to their release after an emotional homecoming.

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