When a German container ship, the City of Xiamen, was hijacked by pirates in April, it seemed to be just another incident that has become all too familiar in recent years. News of attacks by Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa, after all, had become common. But this attack happened on the other side of the continent, highlighting the changing patterns of global piracy and the new dangers facing ships and shippers off West Africa.
24 Sep 2013
The trend in global pirate attacks is bringing shippers good news and bad news.
19 Aug 2013
The United Nations Security Council has called for a comprehensive regional approach to combat the threat of piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea.
15 Jul 2013
Somali pirate attacks have fallen to the lowest level since 2006, but ships face a surge in violent incidents off the coast of West Africa, the International Maritime Bureau said.
22 May 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Somali piracy is declining as more commercial vessels employ armed guards, foreign navies ramp-up security and courts dish out justice to offenders, but “progress is still fragile and reversible,” a State Department official warned yesterday.
14 May 2013
Sunship Schiffahrtskontor KG has confirmed that all of its five crew members who were abducted during the boarding of its container ship City of Xiamen off the coast of Nigeria on April 26 have been released.
06 May 2013
Container lines CMA CGM, MSC, Maersk Line and Hamburg Süd have met to discuss the threat of piracy in the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean and West Africa.
21 Mar 2013
Nearly two dozen West and Central African countries have set up an agreement to combat the threat of piracy and maritime crime in the two region’s coastal waters, including the notorious Gulf of Guinea, Reuters reports.
20 Dec 2012
Somali pirates took five Indian sailors hostage after attacking a German oil tanker off the southern coast of Nigeria.