Lights out after dark, curtains and shutters closed, exterior decks restricted and armed security guards patrolling the ship - how brand new $960-million Spectrum of the Seas mega cruise ship is protecting itself against pirates on the way from Europe to the Middle East
An oil tanker carrying US $8.1-million worth of gasoline and an all-Indian crew of 22 has gone missing off the coast of Africa, prompting fears that it has been hijacked by pirates.
Somali security forces have taken back control of an Indian cargo ship from pirates who hijacked it last week when it departed Dubai, but only two of the ten-man crew was rescued, authorities in central Somalia have announced.
Costs for ships calling in Middle East expected to drop when a high-risk area for pirate attacks is halved in December.
Dubai maritime security company Neptune has sponsored Jacob Bliksted, who is kite surfing a minimum of 1,000km between Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya.
Kenya has repatriated 62 Somali pirates who have served their jail sentences amid record low pirate activity in Gulf of Aden
Two pirate attacks reported in April while grounded tanker remains cause for concern
West Africa's piracy problems are here to stay and may affect regional trade, says Platts.
UAE urges co-ordinated response against terrorist groups.
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