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Piracy in Asia has reached ten-year low

The rate of pirate attacks and robberies against vessels in Asia continued to decrease in the first half of 2017 to the lowest level in ten years, according to a new report from Recaap.

IMB: Piracy close to five-year low

There were fewer pirate attacks against commercial vessels in the second quarter 2017, but Somali pirates still represent a significant threat against shipping, warns the International Maritime Bureau.

Denmark sends out aircraft in anti-piracy effort

The Danish government will issue Challenger aircraft to monitor the Indian Ocean and provide security for vessel traffic in the region, where piracy has sparked up again over the past few months. The aircraft will help to "hinder terror financing and organized crime," says Danish foreign affairs minister Anders Samuelsen.

Cost of fighting piracy rises again

After several years of lower expenses in the fight against piracy, costs have once again increased according to the latest report from Oceans Beyond Piracy. "Piracy still poses a significant threat to shipping," says the Danish Shipowners' Association. Read the entire report here.

Somali pirates hijack vessel

Somali pirates have hijacked a vessel with the intention of using it as a mothership for attacks on larger vessels, say Somali police according to Reuters. This comes shortly after another commercial vessel was hijacked in the region for the first time in five years.

New hijacking could change the situation off the coast of Somalia

The naval forces disappeared and ships have started to sail closer to the coast of Somalia, so it is no surprise that a pirate attack has occurred off Somalia, says CEO of Risk Intelligence, Hans Tino Hansen. The outcome of the new attack will be decisive in terms of whether piracy in the region escalates once again.

Kidnappings of seafarers reached highest level in a decade

A total 62 seafarers were kidnapped by pirates in 2016, which is the highest level in ten years. The problem is particularly prominent off West Africa and in the Sulu Sea between Malaysia and the Philippines, writes the International Maritime Bureau in its annual piracy report.

Significant increase in kidnappings of crews

International anti-piracy organization ReCAAP is now sounding the alarm due to the many crew kidnappings currently taking place in the waters between Northern Borneo and the Southern Philippines

Argument may have led to hijacking of oil tanker

Disagreements between the operator of a Malaysian oil tanker and the crew on board are allegedly the reason why the oil tanker disappeared without a trace on Tuesday after departing from a port in Malaysia. Local authorities say the vessel is now located at an island near Singapore.

Pirate attacks on vessels in Asia at five-year low

The number of attacks in Asian waters in the past seven months reached the lowest level in the five years Recaap has been keeping stats on the threat. However, four armed attacks occurred in July, two of which resulted in kidnappings.

IMB: Sea piracy at 21-year low

Sea piracy has dropped to its lowest levels since the mid 1990s, according to the latest report from the International Maritime Bureau. However, in one spot things are rapidly moving in the wrong direction.

Seven seafarers kidnapped south of the Philippines

Seven Indonesians on board a tugboat were kidnapped this week in waters off the coast of the southern Philippines. Militants from the Islamic separatist group Abu Sayyaf are allegedly behind the kidnapping.

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