Operation Atalanta Updates Red Sea Transit Recommendation

On May 19th, the Hong-Kong-flagged sailing boat SV LAKOTA, which was sailing inside the Yemeni territorial waters south-east of Hodeidah, reportedly due to GPS failure, encountered armed unidentified individuals on-board at least two boats, according to the evidence provided by the trimaran. With warning shots reportedly fired, the crew of SV LAKOTA estimated to be under direct threat and performed…

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Ex-USN/USCG Ship Fends off Pirate Attack in Latin America

On the night of 8 March 2022 an attempted boarding by local pirates took place on Captain Pete Bethune’s ship. Bethune had anchored his conservation vessel the Modoc after completing an operation. At approximately 23:15, the ship was approached by 6 small vessels with an estimated 15 men on board. Crew member Brad Rooke, who was on security detail at…

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China and Russia Conduct Joint Anti-Piracy Drills

On January 24, 2022, the Chinese and Russian naval forces held a joint maritime anti-piracy exercise in the northern waters of the Arabian Sea. A total of five naval vessels, ship-borne helicopters and marines from the two sides participated in the joint exercise. Themed on joint anti-piracy operations, the participating Chinese and Russian ship formations conducted drills of joint maneuvering,…

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BIMCO Calls for Continued Naval Support in Gulf of Guinea

According to the Danish Armed Forces, Danish frigate Esbern Snare has been involved in an incident involving suspected pirates on 24 November in the waters south of Nigeria. The Danish navy further announced that the frigate was close enough to send a team to the suspected pirates with the aim to board, but the vessel did not react when ordered…

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HDMS Esbern Snare to combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

Note: photo from Wikipedia shows Esbern Snare with old hull number. May 25, 2021 – Denmark will deploy the frigate Esbern Snare to the Gulf of Guinea for five months, from around November, to patrol waters and thus increase maritime security. According to the Danish government and the Parliament, navy assets are needed to increase security for merchant shipping in…

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Carabiniere Becomes Operation Atalanta Flagship

March 17, 2021 (Google Translation) – The Navy, with the participation in the op. Atalanta continues its commitment to combat maritime piracy in defense of merchant traffic which is vital for the country’s economy Now Carabiniere ship is assigned to the mission of the European Union EUNAVFOR Somalia- Operation Atalanta, overseeing the area between the southern Red Sea, the Gulf…

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Sea Shepherd’s MV Bob Barker Repels Piracy Attempt

November 11, 2020 – On the 9th of November at 7:30am local time, the Sea Shepherd vessel Bob Barker, presently campaigning against illegal fishing in the Gulf of Guinea (West Africa) in cooperation with the government of Benin, was approached by a skiff carrying approximately seven to eight persons, some who were armed. The crew implemented anti-piracy measures and mustered…

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Pirate Attack off Sao Tome Fails

February 19, 2020 (Google Translation) – On February 14, 2020, the container ship Maersk Tema detects the suspicious approach of a boat while sailing 100 nautical miles (185 km) northwest of Sao Tome. The Maersk Tema flies the flag of the Marshall Islands and transits between Pointe-Noire (Congo) and Lagos (Nigeria). Immediately, 17 of the 21 crew members retreat to…

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