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Somali Pirates Hijack Greek Tanker, 22 Crew

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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Somali pirates have hijacked a Greek-owned vessel with 22 crew members on board and are taking the ship toward Somalia. The NATO Shipping Center says a vessel was hijacked Monday in the western Gulf of Aden. Andrew Mwangura, a regional piracy expert, identifies the ship as the MT Liquid Velvet, a chemical tanker. The ship […]

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UN Urging More Anti-Piracy Action Off African Coasts

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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A senior U.N. official says that despite unprecedented efforts to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, countries must do more to address the problem. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun told the Security Council Monday that efforts to stem pirate attacks “remain insufficient” as Somali pirates extend their operations farther into the Indian […]

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Britain to Approve Armed Guards for Horn of Africa Shipping

Posted October 30th, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron says British-flagged merchant ships sailing the Horn of Africa will be authorized to carry armed guards to ward off pirates. Mr. Cameron, speaking Sunday on British television, said shipping companies will soon be able to apply for a government license for guards and weapons for use near the coast of […]

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Ban Urges Cooperation Against West African Pirates

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon is calling for coordinated action against pirates who pose an increasing threat to shipping in the Gulf of Guinea. The secretary-general spoke Wednesday at a U.N. Security Council meeting called to discuss piracy in the gulf, located off the southern coast of west Africa. Pirates have attacked about 20 ships in […]

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Maritime Watchdog Says Piracy Hits Record Levels

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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A maritime watchdog says piracy worldwide has hit record levels so far this year, with Somali pirates accounting for more than half of the 352 reported attacks. But the International Maritime Bureau said in a report Tuesday that Somali pirates have been successful in hijacking fewer ships, despite a 57 percent jump in the number […]

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Maritime Watchdog Says Piracy Hits Record Levels

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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A maritime watchdog says piracy worldwide has hit record levels so far this year, with Somali pirates accounting for more than half of the 352 reported attacks. But the International Maritime Bureau said in a report Tuesday that Somali pirates have been successful in hijacking fewer ships, despite a 57 percent jump in the number […]

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Italy Says US, British Forces Free Hijacked Ship

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 10:35 am (UTC-5)
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Italy says U.S. and British forces have freed an Italian vessel that was hijacked off Somalia on Monday. The MV Montecristo had been seized 1,000 kilometers off Somalia’s eastern coast, carrying 23 crew members from Italy, Ukraine and India. The Italian foreign ministry said Tuesday that the ship was freed by units of the U.S. […]

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Italy Says British Forces Free Hijacked Ship

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Italy’s defense ministry says British commandos have freed an Italian vessel that was hijacked off Somalia Monday. The MV Montecristo had been seized 1,000 kilometers off Somalia’s eastern coast, carrying a crew of 23. The company that owns the ship, the D’Alesio Group, said Tuesday that international “intervention units” were monitoring the situation.

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Firm Says Ship Hijacked Off Somali Coast

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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An Italian company says one of its ships appears to have been hijacked off the coast of Somalia. The D’Alesio Group says the MV Montecristo activated its security alarm Monday evening while located about 1,000 kilometers east of the Somali coast. The firm says the last message from the captain indicated the ship had been […]

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Somali Pirates Free Greek-Owned Cargo Ship

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Somali pirates have freed a Greek-owned cargo ship with 23 crew members they had held since February. The European Union’s anti-piracy force said late Monday that the MV Dover was released from pirate control late last week. It says the ship is now in the Omani port of Salalah. Pirates hijacked the ship February 28 […]

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