Piracy at sea down to lowest level in six years

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Piracy at sea in 2013 was at the lowest level in six years, falling 40 percent since piracy off the Somali coast peaked in 2011, a report said Wednesday.

Report shifts piracy concerns to west African coast

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 15 (UPI) -- Instances of piracy worldwide dropped to 66 in the first three months of 2012 from 102 incidents for the first quarter of 2011, a maritime watchdog said Monday.

Nigeria grapples with growing oil theft

LAGOS, Nigeria, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Nigerian authorities have charged 23 people after the navy seized two ships carrying stolen crude oil in a major crackdown on an illegal trade in which officials say 180,000 barrels are stolen every day.

West African pirates target oil tankers

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- As the oil boom in West Africa swells, pirate attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Guinea are "reaching dangerous proportions," the International Maritime Bureau reports.

EU-NATO forces free hijacked vessel

BRUSSELS, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- EU and NATO naval forces freed a ship commandeered by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden this week, even as the number of such attacks has dropped sharply.

Indonesian navy rescues hijacked tug boat

JAKARTA, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The Indonesian navy has rescued a tug boat and its nine crew hijacked by pirates in the Straits of Singapore, the International Maritime Bureau said.

Somali pirate attacks hit record level

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Attacks on shipping by increasingly sophisticated Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean reached record levels the first nine months of 2011.

IMB wary of military-style rescues

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The International Maritime Bureau welcomed the recent capture of pirates, but cautioned against navies engaging in armed assault of pirated ships.

Somali attacks push piracy to new levels

LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- International piracy has reached new levels thanks primarily to an upsurge in piracy acts off the Somali coast, the International Maritime Bureau says.

EU to begin anti-piracy operation

DEAUVILLE, France, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The European Union approved setting up an anti-piracy operation off the Somali coast, with at least eight countries agreeing to participate, officials said.

British navy watching for Iraq oil pirates

BASRA, Iraq, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- British naval forces are training Iraq’s navy in the fight against piracy as Iraq’s oil terminals sit as targets where a hit could cripple the country.

Somali pirates operate from mother ships

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The International Maritime Bureau says the pirates plaguing the coast of Somalia are operating from large mother ships.

Analysis: Treasure Island Revisited - II

False documents are an integral -- and crucial -- part of maritime piracy. The International Maritime Board says: "Many of the phantom ships that set off to sea with a cargo and then disappear are sailed by crewmen with false passports and competency cert
SAM VAKNIN, UPI Senior Business Correspondent
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