Maritime Piracy


Maritime transportation has steadily evolved in sophistication, with state-of-the-art equipment, global weather information gathering, GPS tracking and once-inconceivable capacity for container transp

News & Analysis

Piracy map
15 Jan 2014
Global piracy fell to a six-year low in 2013 as international navies and private security guards significantly reduced attacks by Somali pirates, the International Maritime Bureau reported.
27 Nov 2013
Japan’s new anti-piracy law will take effect on Saturday, 17 days after it was enacted by the Diet, the nati
21 Oct 2013
Ten crew members and 25 security guards aboard a ship engaged in anti-piracy services were arrested in Chennai Oct.
18 Oct 2013
Global piracy has fallen to a seven-year low, but attacks off the coast of Nigeria have surged by a third, the International Maritime Bureau said.
17 Oct 2013
The Japanese government adopted a new anti-piracy bill at a cabinet meeting this week that would allow private armed guards to board Japanese-registered oil tankers and other cargo ships in waters off Somalia and elsewhere.
15 Oct 2013
A suspected Somali pirate chief has been arrested in Belgium after he was lured to the country by police posing as filmma
Ships passing through the Suez Canal.
14 Oct 2013
Egypt has increased security along the Suez Canal after receiving threats that jihadists were planning attacks along the waterway, United Press International reports.
Piracy is on the rise off western Africa.
03 Oct 2013
When a German container ship, the City of Xiamen, was hijacked by pirates in April, it seemed to be just another incident that has become all too familiar in recent years. News of attacks by Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa, after all, had become common. But this attack happened on the other side of the continent, highlighting the changing patterns of global piracy and the new dangers facing ships and shippers off West Africa.
Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Jeffrey Sparks, right, and Ensign Timothy McDaniel of the U.S. Navy navigate a rigid-hull inflatable boat toward the People's Liberation Army Navy destroyer Harbin (DDG 112) to recover sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) during a U.S. and Chinese counter piracy exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rob Aylward/Released)
24 Sep 2013
The trend in global pirate attacks is bringing shippers good news and bad news.
Somalia’s President Mohamud (L) and Bob Tarrant, EU Naval Force operation commander (R).
10 Sep 2013
Members from Somalia’s government and the European Union have again met to discuss how to strengthen maritime security and economic development in Somalia.