In a boost to India's maritime security interests, the country's west coast has been excluded from piracy High Risk Area (HRA) by a top body of the European Union, which will lead to an increased saving of Rs 23,000 crore for the country's shipping industry.
Pirates attack one small coastal oil tanker every two weeks in the waters off Southeast Asia, which remained the world`s piracy hotspot in the first quarter, the International Maritime Bureau said Tuesday.
Pirates have seized an Iranian vessel fishing illegally off the coast of Somalia in the first successful hijacking in almost three years, officials said Thursday, raising fears that the scourge of Somali piracy may be returning.
Fate of seven Indians kidnapped four years ago by pirates operating off Somalia and Nigerian coasts remains unknown and the past six years have seen the abduction of over 400 nationals, the government has said.
Armed pirates commandeered a Thai tanker off Malaysia's east coast and pumped out its cargo of oil, a maritime watchdog said Friday, adding to a series of hijackings that has raised fears of a growing Southeast Asian piracy menace.
A Thai oil tanker reported missing two days ago has been recovered with all of its crew members safe but pirates who hijacked the tanker took its cargo and damaged communications gear, the International Maritime Bureau said on Monday.