Piracy is continuing to pose dangers to seafarers onboard ships in the Gulf of Guinea and the shipping industry is urging the authorities to take immediate action to stamp out the threat.

Ships transiting the Red Sea have been cautioned to remain vigilant despite a reported piracy attack north of the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait recently turning out to be false alarm. 

The Mission to Seafarers Manila has extended support to a Filipino seafarer after he was shot during a pirate attack onboard an oil tanker.

Three vessels while underway in the eastbound lane of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Wednesday were boarded by pirates within a span of three hours, according to ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC).

A product tanker was attacked by pirates off Malaysian coast last Thursday, but the crew were reportedly safe.

A seafarer was shot dead by pirates during an attack on a Vietnam-registered tanker in the waters southeast of Pulau Aur, Malaysia in the South China Sea.

A Vietnamese oil tanker missing for seven days has been found on 9 October as it suffered an attack by pirates, according to an update by Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) in Singapore.

The recent spate of pirate attacks off Southeast Asian waters has stoke fears that vital shipping lanes are again threatened by high-sea crimes.

The combined naval efforts of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore have recovered a product tanker from a pirate attack in the South China Sea.

A Liberia-flagged oil tanker remains missing since last Wednesday off the coast of Ghana, after the vessel sent a distress call to say that it was hijacked by pirates, reports said.

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