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A new Code of Conduct concerned with piracy prevention in Central and West Africa has been formally adopted by 22 signatory states, drawing praise from IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu.

A Singapore-flagged oil-supplying tug, MDPL Continental One, was attacked last week and four crew members taken hostage by pirates.

Norwegian e-training company Seagull has raised concerns about security training, ahead of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) deadline in January 2014.

Germany has become the latest to implement a new Private Maritime Security Company (PMSC) licensing structure for ships flying its flag.

Private maritime security provider AdvanFort has added its voice to warnings this week that shipowners should not let up on defending their vessels against pirates after the sharp drop in Somali piracy over the last year.

The crew of Sunship’s City of Xiamen, taken hostage off the coast of Nigeria last month, were released at the weekend.

A year on from the last successful Somali pirate hijacking, the waters off Somalia remain a high-risk area for shipping warns the piracy watchdog the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

Lagos: Three seafarers from Sri Lanka and one each from Russia and Myanmar were taken hostage after 14 heavily armed pirates boarded a container vessel and breached its citadel, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has reported.

Lagos: Container ship Hansa Marburg has been attacked and four crew kidnapped 130nm off the coast of Equatorial Guinea, operator Leonhardt and Blumberg says.

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