Piracy

Pirate venue in Bahamas not ghosts from the past

By Josh Meyer

The US State Department recently announced that it will send a senior official, Tom Kelly, to the Bahamas to formally strengthen bi-lateral cooperation on global counter-piracy.

At first glance the report seemed a bit odd, seeing that the so-called Pirates of the Caribbean haven’t commandeered a ship in those waters for a couple of centuries.

However, the reason is that the Bahamas is one of the countries often chosen for registering and [...]

How to fight piracy on the high seas

Piracy is just as alive today as it was in the distant past

Ship owners risk crew and cargo every time they send their vessels to certain parts of the world, such as the Gulf of Aden, the Malacca Strait, South America and West and East Africa.

Pirates took in an estimated $160 million in ransom last year, and one study predicts the number will climb to $400 million by 2015.

Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) fights pirates

Can anyone imagine pirates operating in the Panama Canal? Not likely, since US gunboats would be at the waterway within hours. Fighter planes would arrive sooner. Alas, the situation is not the same for Panama-flagged vessels sailing in international waters – the world’s largest flagged fleet. To combat attacks, the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has now hired the AdvanFort Corporation to conduct counter-piracy operations aboard vessels flying the Panama flag. The resulting Resolution No 106-26-DGMM [...]

Panama-flag ship hostages freed after long captivity

Twenty-two hostages seized by pirates nearly three years ago have been freed from the Panama-flagged “MV Iceberg One”. The BBC was informed by authorities in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland that their maritime force began the operation to free the hostages – and their ship – nearly two weeks ago. The hostages were reportedly showing signs of having suffered physical torture and illness.

Ambrey Risk is awarded Panama-flagged vessel protection

The UK-based security company, which won a Herefordshire Chamber of Commerce award last month, became one of the first maritime security companies to be granted official accreditation from the Panama Maritime Authority, on September 28, 2012, sanctioning the services of armed and unarmed escort guards on vessels transiting piracy high risk areas.

Ambrey Risk were quick to react following the recent change of law in Panama under which from October 3, 2012 it was said [...]

Interpol signs regional pact against pirates

Local pirates may soon need to find a new line of work, as the International Police (Interpol) have joined an Asian regional maritime security forum in an effort to step up security in regional waters.

Interpol signed an agreement with the Information Sharing Center-Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships (ISC-ReCAAP) in Asia, the Indonesian Maritime Security Center (Pikmi) said in a statement.

Pikmi head Mohammad Yasin said that the agreement [...]

EU favors extending anti-piracy operation

“Operation Atalanta” is the name of the European Union operation against piracy in the Indian Ocean that has been heralded the most successful EU mission to date.

Since December 1, Spain assumed command of the operation, which is set to run until December 2012. It is now likely to be extended.

At a meeting of EU defence and foreign affairs ministers in Brussels, acting Spanish Minister for Defence, Carme Chacón, proposed Operation Atalanta be extended [...]