Somali pirates free 11 crew of Malaysian-owned cargo vessel MV Albedo


      Updated    Sun 8 Jun 2014, 9:58am AEST

Eleven sailors held hostage for almost four years by Somali pirates have been freed and are safe on their way to Kenya, according to regional and United Nations officials.

The 11 men freed were part of crew on Malaysian-owned cargo vessel MV Albedo which was hijacked 1,500 kilometres off Somalia in November 2010, while sailing from the United Arab Emirates to Kenya.

The men, who had been held in dire conditions and had been beaten and tortured, hailed from Bangladesh, India, Iran and Sri Lanka.

No ransom is believed to have

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Study of Somali piracy falsifications 2012

Category :- Stats&Reports

Author :-  Editorial

Posted on June 9, 2013, 9:46 pm
 Frankly, I believed that with evaporating of the Somalia piracy we’ll walk off the so-called “Studies on The Economic Cost of Somalia Piracy” (SECS further on), which were diligently concocted by “Oceans beyond Piracy (OBP)” Foundation, whatever this Foundation really is. I didn’t expect any excuses or remorse from either OBP staff, or those who initiated and supported those Studies – IMO, BIMCO and a number of other institutions, which regretfully, represent the shipping in the eyes of general public.

I was wrong, of course. OBP is very much alive and as shamelessly as ever concocted a new Study, “The Economic Cost of Somali Piracy 2012”.

Below is the Summary of my Study of

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United Kingdom Marine Trade Operations (UKMTO): Piracy Report, May 17th-23rd 2014


Monday, 26 May 2014 | 00:00

A busier week for reports, with UKMTO logging three incidents, although the incident on May 21st wasn’t immediately reported to them, which doesn’t help domain awareness. All incidents should be reported to UKMTO immediately, in order to ensure other ships nearby can be alerted to possible pirate activity.
On with the reports:

20 May – 12 52.5N 43 12.03E. At 0747 a vessel reported being approached by 4 skiffs with 3-4 POB to within 0.7nm. The Skiffs circled around the vessel for approximately 20/30 minutes. No weapons or ladders were sighted. The security team showed weapons and the skiffs moved away.

20 May – 12 35.3N 043 20.4E. At 0827 UTC the same vessel as above reported

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Sea Transportation: Fighting Piracy Pays OffMonday, 26 May 2014 | 00:00


The sharp reduction in pirate activity off the Somali coast since 2010 has cut the annual cost (for anti-piracy measures) to shipping companies in half (to about $3 billion). That is a huge relief to the shipping companies, the sailors on those ships and the people of East Africa who saw imports get a bit more expensive to pay for the increased security costs.
This is all a big change from just a few years ago. In 2010 pirate activity had reached levels of activity not seen in over a century. But over the next three years the problem was fixed. By 2013 attacks on ships by Somali pirates had declined 95 percent from the 2010 peak and the activity is going lower in 2014.

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Police: Boko Haram kill one Chinese, 10 missing in Cameroon


YAOUNDÉ (Cameroon), May 17 ― A Chinese national was killed and 10 others were feared kidnapped after an overnight attack in northern Cameroon believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram militants from Nigeria, a police said today. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau speaks at an unknown location in this still image taken from an undated video released by Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram. Today, police said Boko Haram Islamists attacked a camp of road workers and killed a Chinese national while 10 others were feared kidnapped. ― Reuters pic He said the camp where the Chinese road workers stayed was usually guarded by soldiers from Cameroon's elite Rapid Intervention Battalion. “Their numbers were thinner these past few days because many of them had gone down to Yaounde” for the traditional military parade marking National Day on May 20, the official said. The police officer said the militants also attacked the police post in Waza overnight and raided its armoury. ― AFP -