Piracy attacks reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) increased in the first quarter of 2017 as Somali hijackings made an unwelcome return after a five-year absence.

Somali pirates have hijacked an Indian-registered cargoship Al Kausar off the coast of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland. 

Somali Pirates have released the hijacked bunker tanker Aris 13 four days after the ship was taken.

The tanker Aris 13 hijacked in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia was an “easy target for pirates” according to Oceans Beyond Piracy.

The Turkish tanker Haci Telli has been taken over and held captive by a group of armed men in Libya, according to reports. 

The South Korean car carrier vessel Morning Compass has been released by Libyan militants after being held captive for more than two days. 

The Eukor car carrier was seized by Libyan militants off Ras Al-Hilal on Friday last week after failing to heed warnings that it was sailing in restricted waters, according to media reports.  

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has come out to openly suggest that China send assets help in the fight against Islamic State-linked militants in not only its troubled southern region but also in other commercially critical trade lanes such as the Malacca Straits, wires and local media reported.

An international maritime agreement to protect against piracy and armed robbery has been broadened to include a number of other illegal activities.

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre has very serious concern over kidnap for ransom attacks in the Southern Philippines, despite a 58% drop in piracy and armed robbery attacks in Asia as a whole in 2016.

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