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Kidnapped Sailors Phone Home
By Nancy Knudsen,
6:54 AM Sun 6 Jul 2008
Two German cruising sailors kidnapped with their son and a French skipper from a yacht last month by pirates off Somalia's northern Puntland region have been in contact with their families, the weekly news magazine Der Spiegel said in a report Sunday ...[more]
European Sailors Kidnapped in Somali Waters
By AFP/Sail-World Cruising,
6:01 PM Tue 24 Jun 2008
Pirates have kidnapped four European sailors, including a child, who were sailing off the coast of Somalia's northern region of Puntland, officials said Tuesday. The official said the foreigners were taking pictures from their small yacht when the pirates snatched them, took them ashore and spirited them away into the neighbouring mountains. The yacht was reportedly abandoned on shore ...[more]
UN Finally Acts on Piracy in Gulf of Aden
By Earth Times/Sail-World Cruising,
4:01 AM Sun 8 Jun 2008
It may be just the first step, and nobody thinks they were thinking of the cruising sailor, but it was ground breaking stuff when the UN Security Council finally unanimously voted Monday to authorize states to enter Somalia's territorial waters to fight piracy, which it said has become a threat to international and regional peace and security. ...[more]
Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior in Pirate Threat
By Sail-World Cruising,
3:18 AM Fri 23 Mar 2007
Intending long range cruisers planning to sail through the Red Sea will be happy to note that the rare recent stories about piracy all seem to revolve around a threat, a Mayday and then a withdrawal by the aggressors. ...[more]
Asia Piracy - Malacca and Bengal Up
By Lisa Mylchreest,
6:02 AM Wed 1 Nov 2006
So far this year, piracy is up again in the Malacca Straits. In 2005, the total pirate attacks numbered 18. This year to June 30, 12 reports of pirate attacks have been made. ...[more]
Caribbean to be Safer for Yachties?
By Caribbean 360.com/Sail-World,
9:46 PM Wed 11 Oct 2006
At the 4th meeting of the Council of Ministers of Tourism from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) which ended at the weekend in Puerto Rico, the ministers made plans for increasing the security for yachties in the Caribbean. ...[more]
False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia
By Bruce Maxwell,
8:15 AM Fri 14 Jul 2006
Google the words 'Piracy Pleasure Boats Asia' and an astonishing 15,000 references come up on the computer screen, many of them quite recent entries. Yet there have been hardly any cases of piracy involving pleasure boats in Asia for the last decade or two. Herein lies the problem. ...[more]
Yachts and Piracy - Africa Acts
By Mail & Guardian/Cruising Editor,
2:25 PM Tue 30 May 2006
The growing aggressiveness of pirates in several corners of the world has finally brought more action that will assist the long range cruising sailor. Last month the Prime Minister of Somalia signed an agreement with the US Navy to patrol Somali Territorial waters, and now a major conference will target other African waters, especially the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea. ...[more]
Shall We Carry a Gun on Board?
By Lucy Chabot Reed/Sail-World Cruising,
7:03 PM Sun 28 May 2006
A recent panel discussion led by The Triton News Magazine for Captains and Crew shows that one of the biggest issues on the participants’ minds was ‘Shall we carry a gun on board?’ ...[more]
West Africa Pirate Attack
By Cruising Editor/ITAR-TASS,
3:38 PM Mon 22 May 2006
Cruising Sailors near the coast of West Africa should be aware of a pirate attack that took place yesterday. The vessel attacked was the same Russian ship – the Shkotovo - that only a month ago was thanked by the Thai Authorities for rescuing 12 seamen from the Andaman Sea. ...[more]
Pirates on Cruising Route - 70 Fishermen Hostage
By AFP/Sail-world Cruising,
3:34 PM Sat 13 May 2006
Some 70 Bangladeshi fishermen are being held hostage in the Bay of Bengal by pirates demanding Tk 1,00,000 each for seven boats they captured, police said yesterday. ...[more]
Pirates Release Vessel but One Crew Dead
4:19 PM Mon 8 May 2006
There’s lots of good news for cruising sailors intending to cross the ‘pirate zone’ to get to the Mediterranean in the future, but there’s a long way to go. ...[more]
New Kenya Centre for Pirate Protection
3:51 PM Sat 6 May 2006
In what is great news for long range cruising sailors, Kenya opened a new maritime rescue centre on Friday to provide a rapid response to sea accidents and piracy in the Indian Ocean, particularly in the perilous waters off anarchic Somalia. ...[more]
No False Alarm- Tir Na n'Og Tells of Pirate Attack
By Merle Clawson/Sail-World Cruising,
6:27 AM Sun 23 Apr 2006
A few days ago, a story flashed around the world that an American flagged Cheoy Lee Ketch had been attacked by pirates. This story was denied by the Yemeni coastguard, and confusion reigned for a few hours until the second flash came – false alarm. The boat concerned has now arrived in Aden and crew member Merle Clawson has given Sail-World Cruising this first hand account of the pirate attack that was anything but a false alarm.. ...[more]
Somali Piracy - The End in Sight?
By Asharq Al-Awsat/Nancy Knudsen,
7:38 AM Fri 21 Apr 2006
Last November there were signs that piracy might be curtailed in the Gulf of Aden when the Somali Prime Minister signed an agreement with a US Security company – but then didn’t pay the money. Now, in a move that will delight sailors world-wide and bring more circumnavigators to our oceans, he will allow US WARSHIPS to patrol the territorial waters of Somalia. ...[more]
Weapons Threat but no Pirate attack -US Yacht Safe
By Marian Martin, BYM News,
9:12 PM Tue 18 Apr 2006
On Sunday, a US flagged sailing ship sent out a mayday, saying that it was under attack by pirates with rocket launchers. The call was picked up by the Italian container ship, Jolly Platino, which informed the Italian coastguard. ...[more]
Mystery surrounds piracy report in Gulf
By Nancy Knudsen,
3:29 PM Mon 17 Apr 2006
Contradictory reports have been received about a reported pirate attack on the US flagged boat, Tir Na Nog, a Cheoy Lee Ketch, with three female crewmembers.
The first reports were that the Italian Coastguard reported that a U.S.-flagged yacht with three people abroad, had been attacked by pirates wielding rocket launchers off the coast of Yemen after an Italian freight ship reported a distress call. ...[more]
Somali Pirates Blanket the Gulf of Aden
By Nancy Knudsen,
11:11 PM Sat 15 Apr 2006
In the last year, forty-one incidents of piracy have been reported in the Gulf of Aden. The International Chamber of Commerce which keeps a ‘pirate watch’ reports that, ‘Heavily armed pirates are now attacking ships further away from the coast. Ships not making scheduled calls at Somali ports are advised to keep at least 200 nm from the Somali Coast’ ...[more]
Port Aden – Past the Pirate Zone at Last..
By Sail-World Cruising/Ian Potter,
3:42 AM Wed 5 Apr 2006
Sundancer II is just one of the boats just past the pirate zone heading for the Red Sea on the way to the Mediterranean. Skipper Ian Potter filed this report from Aden. 'We were not really worried before we left Salalah, Oman, which was our last stopping off point before going through the ‘Pirate Zone.’ ...[more]
How to Spot a Pirate (Seriously)
By Sail-World Cruising/strategypage.com,
5:17 PM Sat 1 Apr 2006
Now they haven’t mentioned a thing about parrots, eye patches, wooden legs or skull and crossbones. However, www.strategypage.com claim that merchant mariners plying pirate-infested waters, as well as naval personnel conducting anti-piracy patrols, seem to have developed some simple 'rules of thumb' to improve their chances of spotting pirates. ...[more]
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