110kg Cocaine Seized From Coal Ship in IJmuiden, Netherlands

Published on January 14, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 06: Dutch authorities have reportedly seized 110kg of cocaine from a coal ship in IJmuiden, and arrested three suspects. Source: Politie Tags:  Cocaine, IJmuiden, Netherlands, bulk carrier, cocaine seizure, narcotics, narcotics seizure

January 14, 2020
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ICC 2019 Report: Unprecedented Number of Crew Kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea

Published on January 14, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 14: Despite overall piracy incidents declining in 2019, there was an alarming increase in crew kidnappings across the Gulf of Guinea, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual piracy report. In 2019, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre received 162 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships worldwide, in comparison to 201 reported incidents…

January 14, 2020
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Reducing Somalia’s Piracy By Building a Fishing Industry

Published on January 13, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 07: At the peak of the problem, in 2011, there were 237 incidents of piracy off Somalia and the Gulf of Aden (the sea separating Somalia and Yemen), accounting for more than half of all such incidents worldwide. The pirates would often hold shipping crews hostage for ransom. Somali piracy cost an estimated $6.6 billion in 2011 in international naval…

January 13, 2020
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Four Chinese Nationals Kidnapped Near Libreville Rescued

Published on January 13, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 12: Four Chinese nationals [two captains and two chief officers] abducted by pirates during a late December attack in waters off Owendo port in Libreville, Gabon’s capital were rescued recently in Nigeria, the Chinese Consulate to Lagos confirmed on Sunday. An official from the consulate told Chinese news agency Xinhua that the consulate has been working closely with…

January 13, 2020
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Nigerian Navy Frees Three Hostages Taken From AMBIKA Dredger

Published on January 10, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 08, 23:00 LT: The Nigerian Navy reportedly rescued three mariners (two Russians and one Indian) who had been kidnapped from the AMBIKA dredger on January 02. During the operation, an unspecified number of suspected pirates were killed and at least one was arrested. Further operations are underway to rescue other hostages. Source: AFP Tags:  Attack Data, Kidnapped, Nigerian…

January 10, 2020
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1,500kg Hashish Seized in Arabian Sea

Published on January 10, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 05: On Sunday, 5 January 2020, French Ship (FS) COURBET, in direct support of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), seized 1,500 kg of hashish from a vessel in the Arabian Sea. This is the second seizure for frigate FS COURBET in the last 30 days and the third for Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150) since Australia…

January 10, 2020
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Ghana Starts Construction of New Naval Base in Ezilinbo to Improve Gulf of Guinea Security

Published on January 9, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 09: Ghana’s president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has officially launched construction of the country’s new naval base with a sod-turning ceremony. Akufo-Addo said the base is part of the country’s efforts to improve maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and protect the country’s oil and gas sector. Construction of the Forward Operating Base in Ezilinbo in the…

January 9, 2020
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Investigation Finds That Workers Likely Behind At Least One “Pirate” Attack Against Mexican Oil Platform

Published on January 9, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 02: Amongst hundreds of piracy incidents in the Gulf of Mexico in 2019, new investigations into incident/s against oil platforms in Tabasco and Campeche has revealed that workers likely perpetrated thefts and falsely reported them as piracy incidents. It is currently unclear from reports how many “piracy” incidents are under suspicion of being false reports. Local media reports…

January 9, 2020
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Cocaine Seized After Reportedly Being Stashed On Underway Container Vessel Headed From Guayaquil

Published on January 9, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 07: The Ecuadorian Navy has reportedly seized 88 packages of an unspecified amount of cocaine hidden in four black suitcases in a container aboard the container vessel SEALAND LOS ANGELES (IMO #9383235). Initial reports indicate that the cocaine was placed into the container early on January 07 by two armed persons who boarded the vessel while she was…

January 9, 2020
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US Destroyer Seizes Over 11,000lbs Hashish in Gulf of Aden

Published on January 7, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments December 27 2019: The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of narcotics aboard a stateless vessel while conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, Dec. 27. Chung-Hoon’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team seized over 11,000 pounds of hashish while conducting a flag verification boarding. The vessel was determined to…

January 7, 2020
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