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Pirates Seize Oil Tanker in Ivory Coast

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Armed men have hijacked a tanker carrying 5,000 tons of oil from a port in Ivory Coast. Ivorian port officials said Monday that the Nigerian-owned vessel, along with its 16 crew members, was seized late last week as it was preparing to unload at the port in Abidjan, the country’s commercial capital. The statement says […]

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Global Piracy Down As Somali Piracy Declines

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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A maritime group says piracy on the world’s seas fell sharply in 2012, largely due to a dramatic decline off the coast of Somalia. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) says 297 ships were attacked worldwide last year, compared to 439 the year before. In the region of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, the number […]

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Somali Pirate Attacks Drop to Lowest Level in 3 Years

Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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A new report on piracy says the number of ships targeted by Somali pirates has dropped to its lowest level since 2009, while hijackings have spread in the Gulf of Guinea. The report Monday from the International Maritime Bureau said Somali pirates carried out 70 attacks in the first nine months of this year, down […]

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Nigeria Military Frees Tanker Hijacked Off Coast

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Nigeria’s navy has freed an oil tanker and 23 crew members that were seized by pirates near Lagos. The navy said it recaptured the Singapore-flagged ship Abu Dhabi Star on Wednesday, less than a day after it was hijacked. Officials say the pirates fled the vessel and all crew members on board – 23 Indian […]

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Pirates Hijack Oil Tanker Off Nigeria Coast

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Pirates have seized an oil tanker and its crew near the coast of Nigeria, the third hijacking in the Gulf of Guinea in two weeks. Nigerian naval officials say pirates seized the Singapore-flagged ship Abu Dhabi Star near the Lagos port. There are conflicting reports about whether the vessel was in Nigerian waters when pirates […]

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Cambodia Arrests Pirate Bay Co-Founder at Sweden’s Request

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Cambodian authorities have arrested one of the co-founders of the popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay at the request of Sweden, where he faces a jail sentence for violating copyright laws. A police spokesman says police arrested Gottfrid Svartholm Warg last week at a rented home in the capital, Phnom Penh. The spokesman said Cambodia […]

Pirated Tanker Found off Nigeria Coast, 24-Member Crew Reported Safe

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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An oil tanker hijacked in the Gulf of Guinea has been spotted off the coast of Nigeria and the 24 Russian crew members on board are believed to be safe. The vessel’s Greek-based operator, Golden Energy Management, said Wednesday that pirates still have control of the tanker. The hijackers seized the Greek-owned Energy Centurion off […]

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Pirates Attack Oil-Carrying Vessel Off Togo

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 7:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A Greek-operated oil tanker has disappeared from sight after being attacked by pirates off the coast of Togo. Togolese military officials say their forces engaged the pirates in gunfire after the attack Tuesday, but the pirates escaped. Togo’s army chief, Atcha Titikpina, told reporters the ship was headed for neighboring Benin when it disappeared from […]

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Piracy Drops in First Half of 2012

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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The number of pirate attacks reported in the first half of 2012 has declined sharply, led by drop in Somalia piracy activity. In a new report, the International Maritime Bureau said there were 177 piracy incidents reported in the first six months of this year, compared to 266 incidents for the corresponding period in 2011. […]

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Somali Authorities Arrest 11 Pirates in Puntland

Posted May 28th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region say they have arrested 11 pirates, including one accused of involvement in the killing of several security force members last year. Officials said the operation Sunday in Hafun also netted rifles and a heavy machine gun. A statement identified one of the pirates as Mohamed Hassan, also known as […]

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