The pirate captain who is considered responsible for the kidnapping of 11 crew from the container ship, FWN Rapide on 21 April 2018 off Nigeria, was intercepted by Interpol in South Africa. Now he fights extradition to the Netherlands in court. During the proceedings, the suspect was claiming that the authorities have caught the wrong man.
After they had seized the vessel in Somali waters some days earlier, Somali pirates took 11 crew members of an Indian cargo dhow captive, although the Somali security forces responded to the incident and managed to rescue the vessel, on April 10th.
According to the Oceans Beyond Piracy, Somali pirates have kept 7 hostages on board the vessel hijacked on March 23th 2017 off Somalia, indicating that it could be intended for use as a mother ship for further attacks.
Panamanian flagged merchant vessel Saronic Breeze was hijacked last week, November 29th, 70 nautical miles off Cotonou, Benin. Pirates left the vessel taking three Russian crew members with them as hostages. However, Russia’s embassy in Benin has no information on the three Russian sailors seized by pirates.
Rod Lingard, Thomas Miller, explains why kidnapping for ransom has increased recently in the Gulf of Guinea and assesses whether this increase will continue. In this article, he further describes what happens during a kidnapping and provides some insight into available training for companies and crews.
A new joint report by OBP and OEF Research, both programs of the One Earth Future Foundation explores the long-term impact of piracy on seafarer and family recovery. It is based on a series of interviews and structured surveys collected from 465 seafarers in India, the Philippines, and Ukraine.
BOURBON announces that the two crew members abducted on board theBourbon Liberty 251 off the coast of Nigeria on February 23, have been released and are in good health.
Between 2000 and 2013, 2,919 seafarers were held hostage by Somali pirates in inhumane conditions, in some instances for years. Many of those held hostage continue to deal with the lasting physical, economic, and emotional impacts years after the conclusion of their experience, preventing some from ever returning to work as seafarers.
The IMB cautions against complacency in its latest report on piracy and armed robbery which covers the period from 1 January 2015 to 30 September 2015.
UN officials welcome release by Somali pirates of longest-held hostages
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