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When can we say with more certainty that Somalia-based piracy is resurgent?

When can we say with more certainty that Somalia-based piracy is resurgent?
10 April 2017 http://splash247.com/can-say-certainty-somalia-based-piracy-resurgent/

James Wilkes from Gray Page looks at the recent spate of attacks for any type of pattern.

On March 13, a small products tanker named Aris 13 was hijacked by a group of Somalians made up of young fishermen and former pirates according to Salad Nur, an elder from the coastal town Alula, in Puntland.

Ship hijacked off Yemen coast is freed

Ship hijacked off Yemen coast is freed
AP 10 April 2017 http://www.arabnews.com/node/1081981/middle-east

MOGADISHU: A Lebanese registered ship hijacked off the coast of Somalia has been freed, said a shipping expert.

The pirates who boarded the ship on Saturday abandoned it on Sunday before naval forces rescued the ship, said Mohamed Abdirahman, former director of Puntland’s marine forces.

China takes all credit in rescuing hijacked cargo ship ignoring India’s role

China takes all credit in rescuing hijacked cargo ship ignoring India’s role
April 10, 2017 http://indianexpress.com/article/world/china-takes-all-credit-ignoring-i...

Chinese navy statement omitted any reference to the Indian Navy in providing helicopter cover to the Chinese ship

China today claimed full credit for rescuing a cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the strategic Gulf of Aden, ignoring Indian Navy’s role in the operation.

Full automation in sea navigation imperils deployment of merchant mariners to ships

Full automation in sea navigation imperils deployment of merchant mariners to ships
April 5, 2017 http://business.mb.com.ph/2017/04/05/full-automation-in-sea-navigation-i...

While the advent of science and technology showed huge development to propel man’s economic and education strata, including sea navigation, the advent is also decking out a hurting effect on the employment of seafarers deployed and currently working on ships, both cargo and passengers worldwide, as automaton impact starts being felt in Europe today.

Vietnamese Cargo Ship Smashes Into Houses And Restaurant

Vietnamese Cargo Ship Smashes Into Houses And Restaurant
10 April 2017 http://www.buriramtimes.com/vietnamese-cargo-ship-smashes-houses-restaur...

A Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship smashed into a riverside restaurant and two houses located under the Bhumibol 2 bridge after the captain lost control of the vessel while sailing in the Chao Phaya river this morning.

The incident happened at about 8.20 am in Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakarn province.

Three more ships join search for missing Stellar Daisy

Three more ships join search for missing Stellar Daisy
Sam Chambers 9 April 2017 http://splash247.com/three-ships-join-search-missing-stellar-daisy/

According to the Uruguayan navy, which has been coordinating the search for the missing Stellar Daisy, the number of vessels scouring the South Atlantic for the missing ore carrier has increased.

An American naval vessel as well as two more merchant ships joined the search mission on Saturday.

There are now altogether eight ships involved in the search for the Marshall Islands-flagged giant bulker.

Indian, Chinese navies rescue cargo ship 'OS 35', 19 Pinoy seafarers safe

Indian, Chinese navies rescue cargo ship
April 09, 2017 http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indian-chinese-navies-rescue-hijac...

After the 178 m-long bulk carrier, OS 35, bearing the flag of Tuvalu, was attacked by pirates; all 19 Filipino crewmembers ‘safe’

Averting a tragedy on the high seas, the Navies of India and China jointly swung into action in response to a distress call from a hijacked bulk cargo carrier in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday.

Safety Concerns: Mystery Clouds Sinking of IRI Registered Ship 'Stellar Daisy'

Safety Concerns: Mystery Clouds Sinking of IRI Registered Ship
http://www.frontpageafricaonline.com/index.php/diaspora/3838-safety-conc...

Uruguay - A vessel carrying 260,000 tons of iron ore has reportedly sunk after taking on water following a hull crack 2,000 miles off Uruguay.

Stellar Daisy was carrying the ore from Brazil to China.

Twenty-two of twenty-four crew members are yet to be found.

UASC mega container ship UMM Salal aground in Malacca Strait

UASC mega container ship UMM Salal aground in Malacca Strait
April 7, 2017 http://www.maritimeherald.com/2017/uasc-mega-container-ship-umm-salal-ag...

Australia to Fine Sacked Seafarers

Australia to Fine Sacked Seafarers
2017-04-07 http://www.maritime-executive.com/editorials/australia-to-fine-sacked-se...

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) are openly questioning the political motivations of Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman after the agency announced it was seeking $10,800 fines for nine seafarers, five of whom were woken up at 1am and marched off the ship they were occupying in Portland, Victoria, in January 2016.

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