According to reports, another Nigerian pirate accident took place in the Gulf of Guinea; This time, pirates attacked the FPSO Sendje Berge and kidnapped nine Nigerian nationals.
As of 30 June 2020, the kidnapping threat in Sabah and Semporna, Malaysia, targeting foreigners and the abduction of crew from ships passing by the Tawi-Tawi and Sabah waters, still stands, the Philippine Coast Guard informed ReCAAP ISC.
Dryad reports that the fishing vessel Panofi Frontiner has been attacked by several gunmen on board one speed boat 61nm South of Cotonou Port.
The US Government issued a warning about the risk posed by pirates to boats and oil installations in the southern Gulf of Mexico.
During the past few years, there has been a singificant fall in piracy and armed robbery incidents off East Africa. However, the threat has not entirely gone away, as recent incidents indicate.
The Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) held its 29th Annual General Meeting on 28th May 2020. The meeting covered a broad range of topics, such as seafarers repatriation, sustainable shipping, the Hong Kong Convention, and piracy.
Following the piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea, the Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) expressed its concern at the the ineffectiveness of the international community to address the continuing piracy crisis.
Nine Georgian sailors who were kidnapped by pirates from a ship flying the Panamese flag in Nigeria have been released and will return to their homeland.
Armed pirates boarded the product tanker Tosna Star and robbed it, while it was off the port of Port-au-Prince, Haiti last Sunday, according to one of its crewmembers.
A total of six pirates attacked a Stolt Tankers tanker, named Stolt Apal, 75 nautical miles off Yemen’s coast on May 17.
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