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Yemen’s Houthis would gain more by helping to avert a looming maritime disaster on a stricken tanker in the Red Sea than by blocking such efforts
Four crew were kidnapped from the Marinakis-owned chemical and oil tanker Agisilaos in Ghanaian waters, five nautical miles west of the Gulf of Guinea high-risk area. The vessel was boarded despite evasive manoeuvres
Pirates have kidnapped 10 crew members from the St Kitts & Nevis-flagged cargoship Milan near Nigeria’s Pennington terminal, according to reports
The suspected mine attack on the Greek-owned crude tanker Agrari follows an uptick in Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabian oil and marine infrastructure. Analysts say the blast has not changed their risk assessments, but ships with links to the Saudi oil industry remain potential targets
An explosion believed to have been caused by a mine has punctured an Economou-owned crude oil tanker berthed at Al Shuqaiq, on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast. Reports said no one was harmed
Singapore’s piracy watchdog ReCAAP reported a rise in maritime crime incidents in the Singapore Strait, mostly on the Indonesian side of the shipping lane. Economic hardships in Indonesia brought on by the pandemic may help explain the rise in incidents
Three crew were kidnapped from the bunkering tanker Stelios K about 65 nautical miles south of Lagos. The ship was hijacked south of Togo on November 16 but the pirates stayed on board the vessel for a week until next Monday morning, it what a source called a ‘seriously strange’ case
Many more kidnappings have led shipowners to call for armed guards on ships transiting the Gulf of Guinea. But most of its states forbid non-local guards and sea conditions are not considered suitable for floating armouries
‘Rina’s IT department managed to repel subsequent attacks and immediately took the necessary countermeasures to contain their effects,’ the Italian classification society said
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