A rising incidence of maritime crime with 48 criminal incidents reported in just the first quarter “poses real danger to the maritime industry,” warns UK-based maritime security security specialist MAST (Maritime Asset Security & Training).
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.
The tanker Aris 13 hijacked in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia was an “easy target for pirates” according to Oceans Beyond Piracy.
IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim has urged the shipping industry to be vigilant against piracy following the hijacking of a bunker tanker in the Gulf of Aden.
Somali pirates that hijacked the bunker tanker Aris 13 in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday have demand a ransom according to EU Naval Force (EU Navfor).
Philippines gunmen attacked a Vietnamese cargo vessel in the south of the country killed one crew member and kidnapping seven on Sunday evening.
Kidnappings at sea hit a 10-year high in 2016 despite piracy attacks as whole falling to their lowest level since 1998, according watchdog the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).