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  • International Laws May Be Part Of Maritime Piracy Problem

    03/23/2011 7:08:54 AM PDT · by decimon · 8 replies
    North Carolina State University ^ | March 23, 2011 | Matt Shipman
    International piracy costs the shipping industry billions of dollars a year and leads to high-profile murders that make global headlines. Longstanding concerns over piracy have led to numerous international laws and conventions designed to keep pirates in check – but research from North Carolina State University shows that the tangled network of laws may actually be helping pirates escape justice. “We wanted to know why the international community is not working together and taking advantage of existing laws to address piracy, even as piracy is on the rise in places like the horn of Africa,” says Dr. Mark Nance, assistant...
  • Media bats for Somali pirates

    03/21/2011 2:59:45 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | March 22, 2011 | The Pioneer
    TV channels are demanding that the Government should pay ransom to free Indian sailors held hostage. We saw similar media frenzy during IC-814 crisis. On December 8, 1989, Ms Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, who had become India’s Minister for Home Affairs less than a week earlier, was kidnapped by members of the separatist Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front. Amidst a frenzy of media attention, Prime Minister VP Singh buckled and sent two of his Ministers, Mr Inder Kumar Gujral and Mr Arif Mohammed Khan, to Srinagar. Despite strong warnings from Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and indications that...
  • Pirate threatens India after capture of 61 pirates

    03/17/2011 12:43:04 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 22 replies
    Salon ^ | March 14, 2011 | Salon
    Five dozen pirates living on a hijacked ship serving as a roving pirate base jumped into the Arabian Sea on Monday after the Indian navy fired on the vessel in self-defense, the navy said Monday. The navy captured 61 pirates fleeing the battle and the fire that broke out aboard the hijacked vessel. The battle is the latest example of the piracy trade's turn toward increased violence. A pirate in Somalia threatened Indian sailors and the government with targeted attacks in retaliation for the arrests. The Indian navy said a patrol aircraft spotted the mothership Friday while responding to another...
  • Indian Govt. mulling idea of having armed guards on merchant ships

    03/16/2011 5:14:21 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 12 replies
    Sify News ^ | March 15, 2011 | Sify News
    The Indian Government is mulling over the idea of having armed escorts on merchant ships akin to those appointed in airlines in the wake of an increase in the number of attacks by Somali pirates. The decision is under consideration after Indian ship owners sought the government's permission to have guards on ships as a defensive mechanism. The hijacking of ships near the coast of Somalia has cost the shipping industry millions of dollars. Pirates have continued to attack foreign ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, defying an armada of warships trying to protect the key...
  • Navy, Coast Guard to get more teeth to tackle piracy

    03/16/2011 5:06:10 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 11 replies
    The Times of India ^ | March 12, 2011 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: India now plans to take the battle to the pirates, with measures finalized to give more operational and legal teeth to Navy and Coast Guard. This will enable the two maritime forces to operate "much more aggressively" against sea brigands on the high seas than ever before. Under the new rules of engagement and standard operating procedures firmed up, Indian warships will now engage or disable pirate ships in "a far more pro-active manner". "Till now, our warships were usually opening fire in self-defence or if pirates were found attacking or hijacking merchant vessels. The new measures will...
  • Armed guards on merchant vessels soon?

    03/16/2011 8:47:11 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | March 16, 2011 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: After clearing new aggressive rules of engagement for naval warships to go on an "all out offensive'' against pirates, the government is now also moving towards allowing armed guards on Indian merchant vessels to keep the sea brigands at bay. The armed guards, akin to sky marshals deployed on civil airliners to prevent hijacking, are likely to be drawn from retired personnel of Navy and Coast Guard, who are well-versed in maritime as well as security matters, said sources. Another proposal being pushed by Navy is to make it mandatory for all merchant vessels to have "safe houses...
  • 5 Somalis Sentenced to Life Plus 80 Years for Piracy Against USS Nicholas

    03/15/2011 8:29:11 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Dept Of Justice ^ | March 14, 2011 | United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Virginia
    NORFOLK, VA—Five men from Somalia were sentenced today to life followed by a consecutive 80 years in prison for engaging in piracy and related offenses in their attack on the USS Nicholas. Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Janice K. Fedarcyk, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office; Alex J. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; and Mark Russ, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in Norfolk, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis. “Today...
  • How to Survive a Pirate Attack

    03/07/2011 7:42:19 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 122 replies ^ | March 7, 2011 | Paul Eisenberg
    Pirates hijacked 53 ships and held a total of 1,181 hostages for ransom last year, according to the International Maritime Bureau. Forty nine of those ships and 1,016 of those hostages – from commercial and private vessels -- were seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a statistic that was brought into sharp relief last month when Somali pirates hijacked a yacht and on Feb. 22 murdered the four Americans aboard. Two days later, a Danish family, including three children, was taken from their yacht by Somali pirates and as of this writing had been moved to a larger...
  • Danish family's sailboat hijacked in Indian Ocean

    02/28/2011 9:15:05 AM PST · by Kartographer · 126 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 2/28/11
    Denmark's government says pirates in the Indian Ocean have hijacked a Danish sailboat with four adults and three children on board. The Danish Foreign Ministry says the ship sent a distress signal on Thursday, and "It has now been confirmed that the sailboat was hijacked by pirates." The ministry said Monday that a Danish couple, their three children — aged 12-16 — and two adult crew members were on board the boat. All are Danish nationals.
  • Piracy is Funny: Hillary Laughs and Cackles While Explaining US "Strategy".

    02/27/2011 6:19:04 AM PST · by beebuster2000 · 18 replies
    press conference ^ | april 10, 2009 | hillary clinton video
    old, but worth watching to see who our leaders are at this time of crisis. Cackling Clinton Explains Piracy
  • Report: Seizing of Pirate Chiefs Questioned in Killings of Four Americans (FBI screw up?)

    02/24/2011 9:27:43 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 89 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 24, 2011
    ... The New York Times reports that an FBI hostage-rescue negotiator aboard the U.S.S. Sterett came to believe the two Somalis were not serious when they boarded the vessel. Once those men were taken into custody, U.S. officials told the pirates on the yacht -- called the Quest -- to send over someone they could negotiate with. The events that immediately followed have been sharply contested and raises questions about the decision to detain the pirate leaders, the Times reports. American officials said the pirates on the yacht seemed relieved — even “exceptionally calm” — when they were told their...
  • Somali Pirates Kill Bible Distributors

    02/22/2011 7:26:01 PM PST · by lastchance · 27 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Bible distributors who were taken hostage by Somali pirates were killed while negotiations between the pirates and U.S. military forces were underway Tuesday morning. U.S. forces boarded the yacht in response to gunfire, and discovered that four hostages had been shot. Two of the pirates were killed, and 13 captured in a confrontation, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command. Scott and Jean Adam's vessel Quest was taken hostage last week; 19 pirates were believed to be involved in the hijacking.
  • Somali Pirates Kill 4 Americans on Hijacked Ship

    02/22/2011 7:33:13 AM PST · by Allthegoodusernamesaregone · 219 replies
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2011 – Somali pirates killed all four Americans they had held hostage aboard a sailing vessel in the Indian Ocean this morning, U.S. Central Command officials announced. U.S. officials were negotiating with the pirates for the safe return of the captured Americans when the murders took place, officials said. Centcom officials said that in the midst of negotiations, U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the S/V Quest. When the forces reached the boat, officials said, they discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately...
  • 4 Americans Abducted by Somali Pirates Have Been Killed, Fox News Confirms [banner only]

    02/22/2011 6:08:59 AM PST · by TomGuy · 208 replies · 2+ views
    FOX ^ | February 22, 2011
  • 4 Americans on hijacked yacht dead off Somalia

    02/22/2011 11:10:40 AM PST · by libstripper · 38 replies
    CBS News ^ | Feb. 22, 2011 | CBS News
    Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors Monday, the U.S. military said, marking the first time U.S. citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for years. U.S. naval forces, who were trailig the Americans' captured yacht with four warships
  • Raid on ship off Africa's east coast frees hostages held for three months (Brits let pirates go)

    02/15/2011 5:24:50 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | February 15, 2011 12:35PM | Deborah Haynes
    A ROYAL Navy team has successfully stormed a vessel seized by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden and rescued five Yemeni fishermen who had been held hostage for three months. The Ministry of Defence described the Yemeni fishing boat as a pirate "mother ship". The pirates used it as a base from which to mount attacks in three smaller craft, which were destroyed in the operation last Thursday. The group of about half a dozen sailors and Royal Marines, dispatched from a British warship that is part of an anti-piracy mission in the region, found and destroyed several weapons,...
  • Danish warship captures Gulf of Aden pirates (EU steps up, gets mothership)

    02/13/2011 6:02:43 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 25 replies
    AFP via Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, February 13, 2011
    Danish ship patrolling the Gulf of Aden under NATO operational control captured 16 suspected Somali pirates who were sailing a hijacked vessel, the Danish navy and NATO said on Sunday. "The Esbern Snare warship on Friday morning captured a pirate group which operated from a hijacked ship," the Danish Navy operational control (SOK) said in a statement. The Danish crew spotted a small suspicious vessel while patrolling off the Somali coast Friday and decided to investigate it. "After boarding the vessel it became clear that those (aboard) were 16 suspected pirates and two Yemeni hostages," NATO's Allied Maritime command said.
  • India warns of crackdown as pirates hunt near coast [Somali Pirates]

    02/10/2011 11:24:47 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | February 10, 2011 | Agence France-Presse
    India on Thursday warned of an increased threat to shipping off its southwest coast, as 28 suspected Somali pirates were brought to Mumbai for questioning. Coastguard Inspector General SPS Basra said there had been a rise in pirate attacks on merchant vessels within 250-300 nautical miles (450-550 kilometres) of India in recent months and shipping had been warned to steer clear of danger areas. "The Indian Navy and Coastguard are sparing no effort to thwart any such activity in Indian waters and will continue to deal with such incidents decisively with an iron fist to keep our waters safe and...
  • India detains 52 after raid on pirate 'mothership'

    02/06/2011 3:25:21 AM PST · by csvset · 7 replies
    France24 ^ | 06/02/2011 | AFP
    ndia's defence ministry announced Sunday the country's navy and coastguard detained 52 people aboard a Thai fishing vessel that had been hijacked six months ago off the coast of Somalia. AFP - The Indian navy and coastguard captured a suspected pirate "mothership" and detained more than 50 people after a firefight on Sunday off southwestern India, the defence ministry said. "There were 52 people in all," defence ministry spokesman Captain M. Nambiar told AFP but was unable to specify the numbers of suspected pirates and rescued hostages, nor could he give their nationalities. All were found on board a Thai...
  • Somali pirates free South Korean ship and its 43 crew members after 4 months of captivity

    02/09/2011 5:44:14 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Canadian Free Press via Google ^ | February 9, 2011 | Jason Straziuso
    NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali pirates on Wednesday released a South Korean ship seized four months ago while fishing for crabs, while another group of sea bandits captured a Greek-flagged supertanker carrying oil to the Gulf of Mexico. ... South Korea's foreign ministry said pirates released the Keummi 305 and its crew — 39 Kenyans, two South Koreans and two Chinese sailors. The ship was last reported sailing away from Somalia toward international waters. A vessel from the EU Naval Force was sailing toward the ship to secure the safety of sailors at the request of a South Korean navy vessel,...