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  1. Ransom payment in a sea of costs

    Posted Nov 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... ransoms is clearly fuelling more raids. A senior officer with one of the anti-piracy flotillas operating off Somalia refused to comment when asked at a Hong Kong shipping conference what he ... protection and assistance, but it will not solve the problem of piracy... that can only be done by fixing the problems on land in Somalia, by creating a proper government and law and order.' ...

  2. Shipowners alarmed by long-range piracy threat

    Posted Nov 11th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... anti-piracy patrols by international naval forces. Precautions can include blocking entry points on ships- sometimes with barbed wire- priming fire hoses and shutting off location transmitters, as well as registering with international anti-piracy flotillas. Bowring said captains may have to start considering precautions well before the 60th meridian. Commander John Harbour, spokesman ...

  3. 'Too late' for navy rescue of Chinese crew

    Posted Oct 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... into their Somalia stronghold. European Union anti-piracy officials confirmed that the De Xin Hai had been spotted anchored off Hobyo, one of three fishing villages favoured by pirates on the Somali coast. ... with hundreds on their home turf when you're not even sure where your hostages will be,' said one Asian naval officer with experience of anti-piracy work in the Indian Ocean. 'It's ...

  4. Ransom for Chinese ship 'raising the bar'

    Posted Dec 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of Chinese naval warships that are part of the international anti-piracy task force. An official with Cosco, which owns the ship through its Qingdao Ocean Shipping subsidiary, said PLA navy doctors ... to seek special piracy insurance to approach the Horn of Africa. That insurance can cost more than US$20,000 per trip- nearly a day's charter for some ships. 'As ransoms go up, we can ...

  5. China in talks with pirates to free crew

    Posted Oct 28th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... They are a beaming new star in the history of piracy.' Roger Middleton, a specialist in Somali piracy at the independent London think tank Chatham House, said negotiations typically started at about ... staged a potential combat mission beyond its territorial waters in centuries. The De Xin Hai is the first mainland ship to be hijacked since Chinese warships joined international anti-piracy ...

  6. Showdown a test of PLA's might

    Posted Oct 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean off the Horn of Africa. The two frigates and supply ship that make up China's anti-piracy task force are expected to close in on the De Xin Hai over the next ... which could complicate any negotiations. Roger Middleton, who studies Somali piracy at the independent London-based think tank Chatham House, said the pirates realised ships' crews were ...

  7. Captain who fought off pirate gunmen says he 'felt a bit excited'

    Posted Jan 28th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lilian Zhang in Shanghai Just over a month ago, Peng Weiyuan's sole aim was to avoid capture by Somali pirates. Now his main goal is to escape the public's gaze and spend time with his family. In the six weeks since he and his 29 crew members dr ...

  8. Talks to free 25 Chinese crew going well, official says

    Posted Nov 13th 2009, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... Fiona Tam Negotiations to free 25 Chinese crewmen on the bulk carrier De Xin Hai were going smoothly and could result in their release within six to eight weeks, a Somali anti-piracy official said. Ismail Haji Noor, head of anti- piracy for Somalia's transitional federal government, said all crew members were in good health when an envoy was sent on Tuesday to the vessel ...

  9. China should get bigger role in piracy fight

    Posted Dec 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to end the conflict. Until then, its people will turn to whatever means they see fit for income; with ever-higher ransoms for ships being demanded and met, piracy is by far the most lucrative. ... for a new Chinese activism in anti-piracy operations. Piracy needs to become much more difficult and dangerous for the pirates. Now, they clearly calculate they have more to gain than lose. Ship ...

  10. Beijing seeks lead role in piracy fight

    Posted Nov 10th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode, Chief Asia correspondent China has formally requested to take a lead role in co-ordinating international anti-piracy operations off Somalia- an unprecedented move that would ... atmosphere... there is a recognition that a great deal more work is needed to get on top of piracy.' The meeting follows the hijacking of a Chinese bulk carrier three weeks ago- the first since ...




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