Piracy Incidents

Nigerian Warship defends British vessel from pirates

At least 15 pirates fire shots upon a cable laying vessel in the Red Sea

Iranian Navy Commander Adm. Habibollah Sayyari said that the 41st flotilla of the Iranian Navy was sent sent for an anti-pirate patrol mission to the Gulf of Aden.

The event happened 26 nautical miles off the coast of Yemen on 16th May.

A group of pirates approached the container ship transiting through the Gulf of Aden in the early hours of the 16th May.

The Master of the ship raised the alarm and increased speed. The crew mustered and the armed security team on board immediately fired warning shots at the skiffs which reportedly came within 90 metres of the vessel.

According to the IMB Reporting Centre, a nearby Japanese warship dispatched its helicopter which resulted in the skiffs being forced away.

An Iranian and Thai fishing vessel have both been targeted by Somali pirates.

Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing being carried out by foreign fishing trawlers in the waters off Somalia will ultimately force local fishing communities into maritime crime.

International naval efforts and maritime security teams on board commercial vessels are currently the only deterrents to the pirates who remain dormant in Somalia.

A recent visit to the town of Eyl in northern Somalia, by Andrew Harding, Africa correspondent for the BBC, suggests pirate bosses are lying in wait for the opportunity to resume full piracy operations.

The start of this week has focused on the worrying ‘Pirate Blitz’ that occurred within a 30 hour window from Friday 21st August to Saturday 22nd August, off the coast of Singapore.

Six vessels were targeted by between five and six opportunistic thieves armed with knives who are all thought to be part of the same pirate organisation.

Three Nigerian crew members who were kidnapped from a small passenger boat in April have been released.

On the night of the 8th April 2015 a small passenger boat, operated by French company Bourbon, was boarded by pirates off of the Nigerian coast. Three Nigerian crew members were taken hostage.

Just over 4 weeks after the kidnapping took place, it has been announced that all three hostages have been released and appear to be in good health.

An Iranian vessel that was fishing illegally in Somalia was seized by pirates, in the first successful hijacking in the region in almost 3 years.

Head of UN's office on Drugs and Crime, Alan Cole, has since warned of a potential resurgence in piracy in the region, following this latest hijacking, as well as the current unrest surrounding the Gulf of Aden and Bab El-Mandeb Strait.