Maritime piracy

December 05, 2019 - 8:24 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Pirates boarded a Greek-owned oil tanker off Nigeria and kidnapped 19 Indian and Turkish crew members in what have become the world’s most dangerous waters for such attacks. A statement Wednesday by the owner and Hong Kong-based managers said the Nave Constellation ship was...
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November 12, 2019 - 4:36 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican navy says two Italian crew members were wounded in an attack by armed assailants who boarded their ship in the Gulf of Mexico. The pirate attack was apparently carried out by several armed men who approached the Italian-flagged ship Rema in two fishing boats. The...
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This June 2018 photo provided by Rob McClelland shows Allie Kurtz aboard a sailboat. Kurtz, a 26-year-old scuba diving boat crewmember who loved the ocean and had just landed her dream job, is among multiple victims of a deadly fire that torched a dive boat off Southern California's coast, her family said on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Kurtz recently left a job in movie promotion with Paramount to follow her heart and work on the sea, said her grandmother, Doris Lapporte. (Rob McClelland via AP)
September 04, 2019 - 9:17 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Allie Kurtz gave up a job in the movie industry to live her dream of working on the water, and when she landed a job as deckhand on a scuba diving boat, she was thrilled. She was on that boat, the Conception, when it caught fire and sank, the only crew member among the...
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April 01, 2019 - 10:35 am
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The United States Navy and 33 other countries recently carried out weeks of maritime training in the Gulf of Guinea, to improve safety against pirates and to improve the monitoring of the West Africa coastline. The Obangame Express training exercise, in its ninth year, this...
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Armed forces stand onboard the Turkish oil tanker El Hiblu 1, which was hijacked by migrants, in Valletta, Malta, Thursday March 28, 2019. A Maltese special operations team on Thursday boarded a tanker that had been hijacked by migrants rescued at sea, and returned control to the captain, before escorting it to a Maltese port. (AP Photo/Rene' Rossignaud)
March 28, 2019 - 3:54 pm
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A group of migrants desperate not to go back to Libya made it safely to Europe on Thursday after commandeering the oil tanker that rescued them at sea in a dramatic series of events that underlined the contradictions in Europe's migration policies and could discourage future...
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Armed forces stand onboard the Turkish oil tanker El Hiblu 1, which was hijacked by migrants, in Valletta, Malta, Thursday March 28, 2019. A Maltese special operations team on Thursday boarded a tanker that had been hijacked by migrants rescued at sea, and returned control to the captain, before escorting it to a Maltese port. (AP Photo/Rene' Rossignaud)
March 28, 2019 - 10:43 am
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Latest on a ship seized by migrants in the Mediterranean (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Italy's hard-line interior minister has called migrants who temporarily took over a cargo ship "pirates" but aid groups reject that label, saying that the European Union's policy of...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini at the Italian Senate, in Rome. Migrants hijacked a cargo ship in Libyan waters on Wednesday March 27, 2019, and have forced the crew to reroute the vessel north toward Europe, and Italian Interior Minister Salvini said the ship, was carrying around 120 migrants, but Italian authorities vowed they would not allow it into their territorial waters. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, FILE)
March 27, 2019 - 6:57 pm
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Migrants hijacked a cargo ship in Libyan waters Wednesday and forced the crew to redirect the vessel north to Europe, according to Italian and Maltese authorities. As the vessel headed in a direction leading to the island nation of Malta and Italy's shores, both countries...
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September 23, 2018 - 6:21 am
BERLIN (AP) — A Swiss shipping company says that a bulk carrier has been attacked by pirates off Nigeria's coast and 12 of its 19 crew members have been kidnapped. Geneva-based Massoel Shipping said the MV Glarus was attacked early Saturday as it sailed from Lagos to Port Harcourt with a load of...
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August 19, 2018 - 9:09 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain says it will work with Indonesia and Malaysia to investigate reports that the wrecks of ships sunk during World War II have been plundered by pirates. The shipwrecks hold the remains of hundreds of sailors and civilians and are considered war graves. The Mail on Sunday...
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In this June 20, 2018 photo, Michael Scott Moore, author of "The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast," poses for a portrait at Los Angeles Public Library in Los Angeles. Six and a half years after his abduction and nearly four years after his release following payment of a $1.6 million ransom, Moore has completed a page-turning thriller of a book describing the time he spent in gruesome captivity. The book will be released on July 24. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
July 22, 2018 - 11:18 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Scott Moore is walking a bit gingerly these days, but it has nothing to do with the 2½ years he spent imprisoned by Somali pirates, the beatings he suffered, his time spent in chains or the lousy food that caused him to lose 40 pounds. "I got thumped by a wave surfing off...
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