There has been a significant increase in reports of maritime piracy related incidents in February 2018. West Africa in particular has seen a number of merchant ships experience aggressive encounters with pirate vessels..

The Horn of Africa has also been experiencing increased reports of suspicious vessels and approaches, with at least two attacks on merchant vessels in February being thwarted by the on board private maritime security teams.

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All crew and cargo on board the oil-tanker Marine Express have been released, safe and well.

The vessel was released by pirates on the 6th February and it has been confirmed that all 22 crew members on board are well. Additionally the vessel's cargo was also intact upon release.

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The merchant vessel was anchored around 22nm NNE of Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia

On the 3rd February 2018, a merchant vessel anchored 22nm NNE of Tanjung Berakit, Pulau Bintan, Indonesia was boarded by five unidentified robbers.The five suspects were spotted by the duty watch keeper boarding the vessel from the stern. Immediately the alarm was raised and all crew proceeded to the citadel.

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