Maritime Piracy

Maritime Piracy

Commentary

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

31 Oct 2019
Stakeholders in the container shipping industry are debating how demurrage clocks should begin, when they should be suspended, and when it’s fair and unfair to assess penalties to beneficial cargo owners (BCOs).
28 Apr 2016
The decline in global piracy continued into the first quarter, but attacks are rising in some parts of the world.
07 Apr 2016
Senior maritime and transport officials in Ghana identified piracy and corruption as central challenges in the development of an efficient port and supply chain network in West Africa.
08 Feb 2016
Nigeria’s navy has secured the release of the Safmarine Kuramo from pirates that hijacked the vessel Friday as it made its way from Pointe Noire, Congo to Onne, Nigeria.
27 Aug 2015
Malaysia and Indonesia are working together to fight rising piracy in Southeast Asia less than a week after six attacks, two targeting containerships, occurred within 48 hours, according to a report.
24 Aug 2015
Underscoring Southeast Asia’s new role as the world’s piracy hot spot, pirates attacked six vessels, including two container ships, in the straits of Malacca and Singapore Friday and Saturday
31 Jul 2015
With piracy on the rise again, particularly in Southeast Asia, security professionals are recommending conducting more intensive screening of ship crews to create one less possible avenue for criminal elements to gain access to ships.
21 Jul 2015
Japan will extend its Self-Defense Forces six-year-old anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden for another year despite a sharp decline in the number of pirate attacks there.
22 Jun 2015
Most attacks on ships in Southeast Asian waters are armed robbery, not piracy, the Singapore Shipping Association says.
19 Jun 2015
When it comes to piracy, carriers must balance the speeds and routes their vessels take with crew safety and delivering maximum efficiency to clients.
12 Jun 2015
Shippers have plenty to worry about — including volatile pricing and cargo delays — but piracy should be less of a concern, as the number of incidents has been falling since 2010.
23 Mar 2015
A Mediterranean Shipping Co. container ship and a bulk carrier were attacked in separate but possibly related incidents off the coast of Indonesia, according to the intergovernmental anti-piracy office ReCAAP.
26 Feb 2015
Militants loyal to ISIS could bring Somali-style piracy to the Mediterranean, threatening the world’s largest trade lane, European officials warn.
14 Jan 2015
Maritime piracy fell to an eight-year low in 2014 as a continuing decline in attacks off Somalia offset a surge in ship h
Weekly wrap-up: ILWU-PMA talks, 2M’s FMC approval and intermodal troubles
11 Oct 2014
Events on the U.S. West Coast dominated on JOC.com this past week, as labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association could finally be heating up. Five of the Top 10 stories on JOC.com in the past week focused on the issue.
05 Oct 2014
With piracy in West Africa on the rise, a newly released report highlights how pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea are far more violent than in Somalia and less-focused on ransom, requiring the industry to take a different approach to curb attacks.
Weekly wrap-up for July 19
19 Jul 2014
While it is obvious that beneficial cargo owners shipped early this year through the West Coast in anticipation of the July 1 deadline for contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and waterfront employers, reports of cargo surges at Canadian and U.S. East Coast ports in May and June indicate retailers were also diverting shipments away from West Coast ports.
20 Jun 2014
European shipowners have asked the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to endorse a maritime security plan aimed at safeguarding ships around the globe.
09 Jun 2014
Eleven sailors from the Malaysia-flag container ship Albedo held hostage for more than three years by Somali pirates have arrived safely in Kenya, according to mediators who helped secure their freedom, Al Jazeera reported.
02 May 2014
The International Maritime Bureau reported the lowest first-quarter level of global piracy attacks this year since 2007, although the agency warned that the threat of piracy is still present.
Supply-chain interference infographic thumbnail
02 May 2014
Threats to supply-chain security change constantly, but regular monitoring of disruptions can help build a complete picture of how to counteract them.
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.
19 Aug 2013
The United Nations Security Council has called for a comprehensive regional approach to combat the threat of piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea.
18 Jul 2013
Rising political instability in Somalia and increasing global demands on national navies will continue to be major factors contributing to ongoing piracy activity in the Gulf of Aden in the medium-to-longer term...
15 Jul 2013
Somali pirate attacks have fallen to the lowest level since 2006, but ships face a surge in violent incidents off the coast of West Africa, the International Maritime Bureau said.
27 Jun 2013
Members from Somalia’s government and representatives from the European Union have met on board the EU Naval Force Portugal-flag ship NRP Alvares Cabral to discuss how to strengthen maritime security...