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The risk of piracy has “not gone away” according to chairman of Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) Peter Swift, at a conference hosted by the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI).

OW Bunker has launched a fuel supply service from the Canary Islands, covering Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal and offshore waters down to the Ivory Coast.

The European Community of Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has demanded “concrete EU action” against piracy in West Africa, as well as an extension of the EU NavFor Atlanta mandate.

Somali piracy fell to its lowest since 2006 in the first half of this year, but violent attacks off West Africa are on the rise, warns the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) its first half report.

Evergreen has launched a second West Africa service (WAF2) as part of a team-up with Hanjin Shipping and UASC.

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.

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: 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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