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Pirates free oil tanker with 22 Indian crew in Gulf of Guinea

MUMBAI: Pirates freed a ship carrying 22 Indian crew and 13,500 tonnes of gasoline on Tuesday, Hong Kong-based Anglo-Eastern, which was managing the ship, said in a statement. “All crew members are reported to be safe and well and the cargo remains on board,” the company said. The Marine Express tanker was missing in the Gulf of Guinea after contact was lost in Benin on Friday. The Gulf of Guinea has become an increasing target for pirates who steal cargo and demand ransoms, even as piracy incidents fall worldwide,…

Somali pirates hijack Pakistani ship

MOGADISHU: Somali pirates have hijacked a Pakistani cargo vessel off the coast of Central Somalia a day after they had seized an Indian commercial vessel Al Kausar. A Pakistani-owned cargo vessel carrying food was hijacked off the coast of central Somalia, said the New York Times report. The number of crew on the ship named  MV Salama 1  remains unknown. The  MV Salama 1  hijacking was the fourth piracy attack in three weeks. All of the recent attacks, including a hijacked oil tanker last month, are believed to have…

Somali pirates seize Indian ship, 11 crew members: owner

MOGADISHU: Somali pirates have seized an Indian cargo ship and 11 crew members, the ship's owner said Monday, as a recent series of hijackings raises fears of a resurgence in piracy. The "Al Kausar" is the third vessel to be hijacked in less than a month off the coast of Somalia as experts warn that ships have lowered their guard in the five years since the height of the piracy crisis. The Indian cargo ship was carrying items such as wheat and sugar from Dubai via Yemen to Somalia's Bossaso port when it came under…

Somali pirates back on the radar

NAIROBI: The seizing of the Aris 13 tanker and its Sri Lankan crew on Monday -- the first successful attack by Somali pirates since 2012 -- came as little surprise to John Steed of the Oceans Beyond Piracy campaign group. International naval patrols and anti-piracy measures on commercial ships have practically eradicated Somali piracy since its peak in early 2011. But the poverty and other factors motivating the pirates have not disappeared and some ships may be letting their guard drop. "The question wasn't really…

Multinational “Aman-17” naval exercise kicks off

KARACHI: International naval exercise "Aman-17" kicked off in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Karachi on Friday, ARY News reported. Thirty-six countries are participating or observing the international naval exercise. The joint exercise will be conducted by navies from 12 countries including Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States while envoys from 31 countries will observe the exercises. Russian ships are attending the Aman…

Somali pirates free 26 hostages held for nearly 5 years

NAIROBI: Pirates in Somalia have released 26 Asian hostages held captive for nearly five years after their fishing vessel was hijacked, negotiators said on Saturday. The crew of the Naham 3, the second longest held hostages by Somali pirates, were taken captive when their Omani-flagged vessel was hijacked in March 2012 south of the Seychelles. "We are very pleased to announce the release of the Naham 3 crew early this morning," said John Steed, the Coordinator of the Hostage Support Partners (HSP) who helped negotiate…