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American Captain Attempts Escape and Fails

- The situation involving four pirates holding an American captain captive in his vessel's stolen life boat off the coast of Somalia has taken a darker, more dangerous turn today when the captain dove into the sea to escape.

Kidnapped Captain and His Second-in-Command Trained in Antipiracy

- The Maersk Alabama's captain and second-in-command were both trained in anti-piracy tactics, according to The Los Angeles Times.

American Crew Retakes Ship from Somali Pirates

- The American crew of the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama, captured by pirates off the coast of Somalia this morning, has reportedly retaken the ship, although pirates fled in the ship's lifeboat with one crew member, according to press reports.

Private Security Counters Pirates

- Faced with the shifting borders, unstable governments, and violent attacks endemic to piracy, ship owners are turning to private security companies for help.

Two European Tankers Pirated Off of Somali Coast

- Two European-owned chemical tankers have been captured by pirates off the coast of Somalia over the past 24 hours, according to the Maritime Security Centre-Horn of Arica

International Piracy

- See the latest statistics on piracy from the International Chamber of Commerce's International Maritime Bureau. 

Japanese Whalers Shoot Radical Environmentalists with Sonic Blasts

- Radical environmental activists have accused a Japanese whaling vessel off the coast of Antartica of attacking them with a gun that shoots an ear-shattering wave of sound at its targets.

Somali Pirates

- On December 16, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed resolution 1851, which allows nations to “use all necessary measures” to fight piracy in the Gulf of Aden region, either from Somalia’s land or by sea, as long as the actions are first approved by Somalia’s transitional government.

U.S. Navy Nears Deal with Unidentified Country to Prosecute Somali Pirates

- The U.S. Navy is close to brokering a deal with an unidentified country to prosecute Somali pirates its captures at sea.

Security Council Votes to Take Fight to Somali Pirates

- The United Nations Security Council unanimously voted yesterday to authorize nations to use force against pirates on land or on sea, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Pirates Frustrate U.S. Navy in the Gulf of Aden

- Rules of engagement and human rights concerns frustrate the U.S. Navy's ability to combat piracy in the anarchic Gulf of Aden, a representative of the U.S. Navy's think tank told maritime security stakeholders today at the Maritime Security Expo.

Pirates Hijack Saudi Supertanker

- In their most audacious attack yet, Somali pirates have hijacked a Saudi supertanker off the coast of Kenya, much farther from their base of operations in the Gulf of Aden than ever before.

The Unintended Benefit of Piracy

- Robert Kaplan explains the one upside to the scourge of modern-day piracy.
 




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