Dirco 'in talks' with Equatorial Guinea after South African possibly kidnapped

2019-11-23 10:10

A South African appears to have been on board a ship that was attacked by "pirates" while en route to Equatorial Guinea.

African states band together to defeat crime on high seas

2017-06-09 14:46

A total of 19 African countries have launched an EU-funded network to tackle piracy, high seas robbery, kidnappings and human trafficking in the strategically important Gulf of Guinea.

Somali pirates demand ransom for oil tanker, EU force says

2017-03-15 06:18

Armed men are demanding a ransom for the release of an oil tanker they have seized off the coast of Somalia and the crew is being held captive, the European Union anti-piracy operation in the region says.

Pirates hijack freighter off Somalia's coast, officials say

2017-03-14 10:01

Somali officials say pirates have hijacked a ship off the coast of the Horn of Africa nation. It is thought to be the first hijacking of a large commercial vessel there in about three years.

Philippines allows pursuit of kidnappers into its waters

2016-11-11 06:56

The Philippines will allow Malaysian and Indonesian maritime forces to pursue Islamist kidnappers into its waters, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says.

Nigeria pirates kidnap Egyptian, Filipino

2016-04-14 17:09

Pirates have attacked a cargo vessel off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped two crew members, a maritime expert has confirmed.

Pirates attack military base in Nigeria, 5 dead

2015-08-08 21:27

Suspected pirates have killed four soldiers and a policeman in an attack on a military base in Nembe town in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta, a police spokesperson says.

Ghana's navy frees hijacked tanker

2015-01-19 09:19

Ghana's navy has freed a tanker ship hijacked off the coast of Nigeria and arrested eight pirates believed to be responsible for seizing it, a military spokesperson says.

Pirates hijack military gunboat in Nigeria

2014-12-23 14:07

Nigeria's military says pirates hijacked a military gunboat and three soldiers are missing after the ambush in the southern oil-rich state of Bayelsa.

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.


Three new navy ships will protect South Africa from pirates and illegal fishing - here's what they will look like

2019-02-26 06:20

The vessels are destined to protect our 1.5 million square kilometre coastline from threats such as trafficking, illegal fishing and pirates.

11 Indian sailors on small boat hijacked off Somali coast

2017-04-03 14:09

A private anti-piracy investigator says 11 Indian sailors on small boat have been hijacked off Somalia's coast, the latest vessel targeted by the region's resurgent pirates

Somali pirates suspected of staging first attack since 2012

2017-03-14 16:47

Suspected pirates have boarded a tanker and forced its Sri Lankan crew to change course towards the northeastern Somali coast, in what could be the first such attack since 2012.

Maritime kidnappings surge in 2016 - piracy report

2017-01-10 13:03

Maritime kidnappings have escalated to a 10-year high, according to the ICC International Maritime Bureau's annual piracy report.

2 Somali pirates get life in prison; 3rd gets 33 years

2016-11-09 08:32

Two Somali pirates have been sentenced to life in prison, and a third has received 33 years because he co-operated with prosecutors in a separate piracy case.

Somali pirates seize Iranian fishing boat - monitor

2015-11-24 14:46

Somali pirates have attacked two fishing boats, capturing one from Iran with 15 crew, an anti-piracy expert says, adding that the vessel is now heading towards Somalia’s coast.

Somali pirates release Thai hostages held for 5 years

2015-02-27 13:29

Four Thai fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years have been released, local officials say.

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.

Gulf of Guinea: Africa's new pirate paradise

2014-12-19 12:55

A year after vowing to banish buccaneers from their waters, countries in the Gulf of Guinea - the new epicentre of piracy in Africa - are struggling to get their act together.

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.

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