It was only a few years ago that armed pirates hijacked a cargo ship just outside Hong Kong waters and cracked open the hold, only to find it full of chicken legs.Sunday, 24 June, 2012, 12:00am
European naval anti-piracy officers are warning Hong Kong shipowners and crews to be vigilant in ports across the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea as they brace for an expected violent new piracy season in coming months.
Nato, the European Union and Canadian naval officials staged a briefing yesterday for the Hong Kong shipping community.6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
Pirate attacks on merchant ships in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea could become more violent and sustained when the new season for Somali pirate attacks starts shortly, maritime security experts say.26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
Shipowners are being urged to register their Hong Kong-flagged ships with an anti-piracy military co-ordinating centre when sailing through the Indian Ocean.
The call comes after military surveys in the past two months found that fewer than 40 per cent of Hong Kong ships passing through the area were registered.16 Apr 2011 - 12:00am
Asian shipowners have called for tougher naval and government action, including the greater use of armed military force, to tackle pirates in the Indian Ocean and on Africa's east coast.
They said the UN must commit military forces to deal with piracy and governments should take a unified approach t to detaining and prosecuting captured pirates.13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am
China remains tight-lipped about how a coal ship and its 25 crew were freed from Somali pirates yesterday. A ransom was reportedly paid, as the kidnappers claim and as has happened in previous hijackings, or maybe a rescue operation took place, as the Foreign Ministry says.29 Dec 2009 - 12:00am
PIRACY in the region is growing and is a continuing area of concern, according to a report published yesterday.
In the Hong Kong-Luzon-Hainan triangle, piracy accounted for an eighth of the 58 attacks reported worldwide in the first five months of the year, the Regional Piracy Centre in Kuala Lumpur said.11 Jul 1995 - 12:00am
SHIPS sailing through Southeast Asian waters last year enjoyed some respite from marauders, according to the Business Times of Singapore.
Last year, the Regional Piracy Centre in Kuala Lumpur received only eight reports of pirate attacks in the region, compared with 73 in 1992 and 107 in 1991.
Piracy seems to be on the decline worldwide.24 Jan 1994 - 12:00am
PIRACY in the '90s is a highly organised, lucrative business with offenders facing little chance of being caught as authorities squabble over who should bring them to justice. While the Jolly Roger has gone, the new breed of pirate is capable of stealing, to order, entire ships and cargoes.7 Nov 1993 - 12:00am
THE waters around Hong Kong have become some of the worst in the world for attacks by pirates, according to an international maritime agency.24 Sep 1993 - 12:00am