piracy News

Viewpoint: With Sailors Stranded, Shippers Face a Hard Choice

Before the pandemic, 100,000 seafarers traveled in and out of the world’s ports every month. Some had spent weeks or months aboard the cargo ships, tankers and other merchant vessels that are essential to moving products and commodities across the …

Piracy Attacks Off West Africa Coast Nearly Doubled in 2016

Pirate attacks off West Africa almost doubled in 2016, with the majority of incidents occurring off Nigeria’s coast, a new report said Tuesday. Incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea off West Africa increased from 54 in 2015 to …

Google Argues Against U.S. Online Piracy Bill

Google Inc warned U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that proposed legislation to crack down on foreign websites selling pirated U.S. movies, music or other counterfeit goods goes too far and could depress investment. The legislation has pit Internet giants, consumer groups …

Piracy Costs World Shipping Industry $9B a Year

Piracy is costing the global shipping trade more than $9 billion a year, according to Indian ship owners, who on Monday demanded that the U.N. set up a maritime force to halt pirates operating off the Somalian coast in the …

Marine Insurers Backing Armed Guards as Piracy Threat Grows

More ship insurers are backing the use of private armed guards on merchant vessels at sea to combat Somali piracy as attacks and the resulting costs are set to rise in coming weeks, industry officials said on Tuesday. Pirate attacks …

West African Countries Consider Regional Force to Fight Pirates

West African countries are discussing the creation of a regional force to tackle growing piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, a senior Nigerian government official said on Wednesday. Piracy is a growing threat to shipping in West Africa’s Gulf of …