MT Royal Grace Released from Somali Pirates

On 8 March 2013 EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) flagship ESPS Méndez Núnez provided assistance to the crew of chemical tanker Royal Grace after the vessel was unexpectedly released by Somali pirates. The pirates had held the vessel after attacking it over a year earlier, on 2 March 2012 in the Gulf of Oman.

2013.05.16 - MT Royal Grace Released from Somali Pirates Figure 1

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Monthly Piracy Report April 2013

All information presented below are retrieved from ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) and IMO Global Integrated Shipping Information System. Information are being updated on a monthly basis.

  • Total Attacks Worldwide: 76
  • Total Hijackings Worldwide: 4
  • Vessels held by Somali Pirates: 5
  • Hostages held by Somali Pirates: 77

2013.05.02 - Monthly Piracy Report April 2013

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Monthly Piracy Report March 2013

All information presented below are retrieved from ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) and IMO Global Integrated Shipping Information System. Information are being updated on a monthly basis.

  • Total Attacks Worldwide: 47
  • Total Hijackings Worldwide: 3
  • Vessels held by Somali Pirates: 5
  • Hostages held by Somali Pirates: 65

2013.03.28 - Monthly Piracy Report March 2013

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Iranian Oil Tanker Security Guards Clash With Somali Pirates

Monthly Piracy Report February 2013

All information presented below are retrieved from ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) and IMO Global Integrated Shipping Information System. Information are being updated on a monthly basis.

  • Total Attacks Worldwide: 43
  • Total Hijackings Worldwide: 3
  • Vessels held by Somali Pirates: 7
  • Hostages held by Somali Pirates: 113

2013.02.28 - Monthly Piracy Report February 2013

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Monthly Piracy Report January 2013

All information presented below are retrieved from ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) and are being updated on a monthly basis. For up to date live and accurate information please refer to ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) website.

  • Total Attacks Worldwide: 297
  • Total Hijackings Worldwide: 28
  • Total Incidents in Somalia: 75
  • Total Hijackings in Somalia: 14
  • Total Hostages in Somalia: 250
  • Vessels held by Somali Pirates: 8
  • Hostages held by Somali Pirates: 127

2013.01.31 - Monthly Piracy Report January 2012

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Monthly Piracy Report November 2012

All information presented below are retrieved from ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) and are being updated on a monthly basis. For up to date live and accurate information please refer to ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) website.

  • Total Attacks Worldwide: 278
  • Total Hijackings Worldwide: 27
  • Total Incidents in Somalia: 71
  • Total Hijackings in Somalia: 13
  • Total Hostages in Somalia: 212
  • Vessels held by Somali Pirates: 9
  • Hostages held by Somali Pirates: 147

2012.12.20 - Monthly Piracy Report November 2012

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NATO Dhow Project

It is known in the Maritime Security industry that Somali pirates use hijacked merchant ships, fishing vessels and dhows as ‘Motherships’ in order to operate at extreme range from Somalia, carrying attack craft (skiffs) and weapons. NATO has received reports of Somali pirates using common local ships in piracy attacks. They will board the ship and hold the original crew hostage. A local ship enables the pirates to blend in among the boating traffic and present itself as a fishing or trading vessel.

2012.12.06 - NATO Dhow Project Figure 1

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Monthly Piracy Report October 2012

All information presented below are retrieved from ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) and are being updated on a monthly basis. For up to date live and accurate information please refer to ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) website.

  • Total Attacks Worldwide: 252
  • Total Hijackings Worldwide: 26
  • Total Incidents in Somalia: 71
  • Total Hijackings in Somalia: 13
  • Total Hostages in Somalia: 212
  • Vessels held by Somali Pirates: 9
  • Hostages held by Somali Pirates: 154

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Anti-Piracy Exercises Onboard MV SWAN