Five crew kidnapped off Cotonou

A general cargo vessel was boarded by heavily armed suspected pirates who kidnapped five crew members 153 nm south west off the coast of Cotonou, Benin, on 2 July. According to IHS Markit AISLive ship […]

Maritime crime in Mexico on the rise

A drastic increase in attacks off the coast of Mexico, along with a change in targets from stationary platforms to vessels, and poor socioeconomic conditions, could make the Mexican gulf one to watch when it […]

Drugs seized, crew arrested in Mauritius

Mauritian authorities seized drugs valued at almost USD740,000 and arrested four crew members during a search of a livestock carrier arriving at Port Louis, Mauritius. The haul comprised 39 kg of cannabis, including 2 kg […]

Gulf of Guinea pirate attack averted

Five pirates attempted to board container ship Rio Charleston on 10 June, 98 km off the coast of Bayelsa, Nigeria. The attack is the ninth piracy incident to take place deep offshore in the Gulf […]

Asian sea robberies reach four-year high

Sea robberies and piracy reached a near four-year high in Asia in the first five months of 2020, with 49 incidents reported, including 11 incidents in May. Piracy reporting centre ReCAAP ISC said on 10 […]

Panama to punish vessels switching off AIS

The Panama Maritime Authority has pledged to penalise vessels in its fleet that ‘go dark’ by turning off the long-range identification and tracking (LRIT) or Automatic Identification System (AIS). The flag administration said that in […]