2020 Sees Increase in Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea Incidents




January 16, 2021  

The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB)’s annual piracy report recorded an increase of piracy and armed robbery incidents in 2020.

In 2020, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) received 195 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships worldwide, in comparison to 162 in 2019. The incidents included three hijacked vessels, 11 vessels fired upon, 20 attempted attacks, and 161 vessels boarded. The rise is attributed to an increase of piracy and armed robbery reported within the Gulf of Guinea as well as increased armed robbery activity in the Singapore Straits.

Gulf of Guinea

Globally, 135 crew were kidnapped from their vessels in 2020, with the Gulf of Guinea accounting for over 95% of crew numbers

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Iran seizes South Korean-flagged tanker in Persian Gulf




World Oil

Hankuk Chemi tanker

(Bloomberg) --Iran has claimed responsibility for seizing a tanker, used to carry oil products and chemicals, after it veered into its territorial waters.

The semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported Monday that Iran has seized the South Korea-flagged Hankuk Chemi vessel due to “environmental and chemical pollution in the Persian Gulf,” citing sources with knowledge of the matter. The vessel was carrying 7,200 tonnes of ethanol and the arrested crew members were from Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar, according to Tasnim.

The seizure follows a series of shipping security incidents in the Persian Gulf. The region and the Red Sea have been a hotbed for attacks on vessels in recent years, with tensions flaring between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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Piracy Skyrockets in the Gulf of Guinea with 4 attacks in 7 days






Africa has always been one of the most treacherous waters in the world when it came to piracy. 'Pirates of the Caribbean' may have given the general public an overview of what piracy is, imbibed with humor, but the real-life scenario is quite different. It's life or death here, on the western coast of Africa, currently the world's number one place for piracy and all other shady activities related to the shipping industry.

West Africa's Gulf of Guinea has been topping the charts for quite some time now when it comes to piracy and crew kidnapping. From a different point of view, one could say that pirates simply lifted their business in and

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Ataque de ladrones en el puerto de Casablanca




Según informa Fleet Mont el Car Carrier VIKING DIAMOND, de 167 m de eslora atracó en el puerto de Casablanca, en Marruecos.

Poco después fue invadido por un grupo de asaltantes que se introdujeron a bordo de forma sigilosa empuñando cuchillos y garrotes. Sorprendentemente, los miembros de la dotación, en su mayoría de origen ucraniano, lejos de amilanarse decidieron defenderse con todo lo que tenían a mano, consiguiendo ahuyentar a los perturbadores, que huyeron, pero afortunadamente parte de ellos fueron detenidos por la policía.

El VIKING DIAMOND, pudo zarpar del puerto marroquí al día siguiente.




Piracy like Actions of Germany and the EU in the Eastern Mediterranean





Cem Gürdeniz

On 22nd November 2020, morning hours, German Sachsen Class (Type 124) multi-purpose frigate Hamburg operating under the tactical command of Greek Commodore T Micropoulos, in the EU-led Operation Irini has interrogated the Turkish container vessel MV Roseline-A carrying food and paint supplies to Libya in the area 100 miles off the Benghazi Coast. The ship had departed from Istanbul to go Misratah port of Libya. The ship belongs to and she is operated by the well-respected Arkas Holding Company. Although the captain was fully cooperative, declaring there was no contraband against the UN resolutions, at 1745 Hamburg’s naval assault team boarded the vessel through helicopter fast rope operations. Officers and crew were deactivated through force and ship was searched and controlled until

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