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  1. 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 ...

  2. The perfect fight?

    Posted Mar 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode With ransoms topping US$7 million, it is worth looking at the hard realities underlying China's involvement in the fight against piracy off the Horn of Africa. When ... ports, if not full bases, then it has picked the perfect fight. Piracy off Somalia looks set to get a lot worse before its gets better, with the pirates apparently well aware of their perfect ...

  3. Somali pirates hijack second Taiwanese vessel in five weeks

    Posted May 09th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Somali pirates hijacked a Taiwanese fishing boat, taking 28 sailors hostage, including nine mainlanders, Xinhua reported yesterday. The case is the second reported hijacking of a Taiwanese vessel in Somali waters in just over five weeks. In th ...

  4. '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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Crew used Molotov cocktails and water hoses to fight off Somali pirates

    Posted Dec 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... which in turn appealed for help from the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre in Malaysia, some crew members counter-attacked, turning high-pressure fire hoses ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Seven pirates' hostages arrive in Shanghai

    Posted Mar 03rd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alice Yan Seven mainland fisherman held hostage by Somali pirates for nine months, who boarded their Tawian-registered ship, have arrived in Shanghai. However, two other crew members, Yu Feiyue and chief engineer Xu Jianxing, have had to stay in the Sri L ...




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