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Malaysian tanker Oriental Glory has become the seventh this year to be hijacked by pirates in Southeast Asian waters and its cargo stolen.

Pirate attacks in Southeast Asia were more than double those recorded off East and West Africa combined in the first quarter of 2015 according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

More than 90% of the largest container lines are vulnerable to cyber-attacks, according to a report by Maritime Cybersecurity firm CyberKeel.

One of the more controversial growth sectors in shipping has been the private security business, in particular, the use of armed guards.

The ITF Seafarers Trust has renewed its funding for the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) set up to 2011 to support seafarers in recovering from the trauma of pirate attacks.

An Indonesian navy commander has warned shipping to be alert to the threat of theft and piracy in the Malacca and Singapore Straits.

Embiricos interests have reportedly paid $400,000 ransom to secure the release of three seafarers kidnapped from the Greek VLCC Kalamos off WestAfrica 3 February.

Specialist marine insurance intermediary Seacurus is rolling out new cover specifically designed for incidents of "petro-piracy" in Southeast Asia and the Gulf of Guinea where ships are hijacked and the cargo stolen.

 

An Indonesian-flagged chemical tanker Rehobot is missing after hijacked by pirates, but all the crew are safe.

A chemical tanker Sun Birdie that went missing off Malaysia on Wednesday has been recovered and hijackers detained.

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