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Old February 27th, 2006, 03:04 PM   #81
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terrible, I hate pirates. Commercial ships should carry at least 5 security experts armed withy sniper riffles and machine guns to prevent any further such attacks on ships by pirates, anyone found helping the pirates should face 20 years or more in a prison...
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Niger Delta militants storm fuel tanker ship

WARRI, Nigeria, Feb 28, 2006 (AFP) - Nigerian separatist militants stormed a tanker ship working in the Niger Delta and took a large sum of cash on Tuesday, 12 days after they kidnapped nine foreign oil workers from another vessel.

The boarding of the kerosene tanker, which was working on the Escravos River in an area controlled by heavily armed ethnic Ijaw guerrilla fighters, came as Nigerian officials attempted to negotiate the safe release of the hostages.

"The tanker was intercepted by a patrol and set on its way. No one was hurt or kidnapped," said a spokesman for the rebel group, in a message sent from an email address previously used to distribute photographs of the kidnapped oilmen.

The insurgent spokesman said the tanker captain had parted with 500,000 naira as a "goodwill token" during the encounter, although a shipping industry source put the sum at two million naira (15,500 dollars / 13,000 euros).

"I think the ship captain has kept the rest for himself and crew," the anonymous rebel joked, explaining the discrepancy between the figures.

Henry Imhanlenjaye, who runs a fleet of small passenger boats operating from the oil port of Warri, told AFP by telephone that the attack had taken place on the Escravos River in an area controlled by the hostage-taking gang.

The Escravos connects Warri's refinery and docks to the Atlantic and runs past the ethnic Ijaw town of Okerenkoko, where the self-styled Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) is believed to be holding its hostages.

An AFP reporter who toured the Escravos by boat on Friday found the river was patrolled by several fast war boats carrying heavily armed militants, who presented one of the nine captive foreign workers to journalists.

MEND seized the nine oilmen on February 18 during a series of armed attacks on security forces and oil facilities near the energy giant Shell's Forcados export terminal, 20 kilometres (13 miles) south of Tuesday's incident.

The attacks forced Shell to suspend production across the western Niger Delta, slashing output by 455,000 barrels of crude per day and cutting exports from Africa's largest oil producer by 20 percent.

The hostages work for the Shell subcontractor Willbros, a US-owned engineering firm.

They are Cody Oswald, Russel Spell and Macon Hawkins from the United States; British security expert John Hudspith; Bardese Mohammed and Aly Shady of Egypt; Tony Santos of the Philippines and Thailand's Muado Somsak and Arak Suwana.

Hawkins will turn 69 on Wednesday and suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure but on Friday, while surrounded by gunmen on board and rebel war boat, he told reporters that he had received medication and was feeling well.

Delta State's Governor James Ibori told reporters in Warri that a panel set up by his office to negotiate for the workers was making progress, but he backtracked form earlier assurances that their release was imminent.

"We do not have good news for you yet. We are still hopeful. The team that is working on this is working hard. They are credible," he said.

"We should reduce and shun the speculation on the release for now and allow the committee to do its work," he added.

He said that the rebels "demanded a guarantee that there would be no further military attacks on them and we have given them that guarantee."

In the week prior to the kidnapping, the Nigerian military struck targets around Okerenkoko with a ground attack helicopter, in what they said was an operation against oil smugglers.

The rebels have been dismissive in the past about Ibori's peace initiative, but their spokesman said Tuesday that the Thai, Egyptian and Filipino hostages might soon be allowed to go "before they cause a famine in our camp.

"Aside from their families, I don't think anyone is too bothered about them," he said, in an emailed response to a question from AFP.
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Old March 8th, 2006, 06:03 PM   #83
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Indonesia Navy Holds Antiterror Drill In Malacca Strait
8 March 2006

BATAM, Indonesia (AP)--Indonesian marines launched a mock operation to storm a ship Wednesday to free hundreds of passengers held hostage by men posing as Islamic militants in an antiterrorism drill in the Strait of Malacca.

Fifteen men pretending to be terrorists from the regional militant group Jemaah Islamiyah hijacked the state-owned Kelud and threatened to blow it up unless their jailed comrades were released from Indonesian prisons.

The 1,400 passengers aboard the Kelud - on a scheduled trip from the Indonesian city of Medan to the capital Jakarta - had been informed of the morning drill.

An elite unit of 25 marines parachuted into the Strait from a Hercules C-130 aircraft and approached the ship by stealth on rubber rafts, using ropes and hooks to board.

Another group parachuted onto the ship's deck, while a third was dropped on board by helicopter - freeing the hostages and retaking control of the vessel within 20 minutes.

Three terrorists were "killed" in the process.

The Malaccan Strait, which lies between the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Malaysia and Singapore, is among the world's busiest shipping lanes. Western and Asian governments have expressed concern that the vital seaway could be targeted by terrorists.
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Somali Militiamen Deny Shooting First
19 March 2006

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Somali militiamen who skirmished with U.S. Navy vessels denied Sunday that they had fired the first shot, claiming that they had been patrolling Somali waters to stop illegal fishing.

On Saturday, two U.S. Navy ships exchanged gunfire with the suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia, killing one and wounding five. No U.S. sailors were injured. The U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet said again on Sunday that its ships did not fire first, disputing the militiamen's version.

"The Navy ship returned fire after being fired upon," fleet spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown told The Associated Press.

The incident took place in international waters and the Navy took a dozen suspects, including the wounded, into custody after the gunbattle.

Saleban Aadan Barqad, a spokesman for the militiamen, said a total of 27 Somali militiamen had been patrolling off the coast before the gunbattle. Fourteen returned to shore safely, Barqad said on two-way radio from the central Somali town of Harardhere.

The U.S. Navy opened fire first on the small utility boat, which was towing a pair of skiffs, Barqad said. He said the boat then caught fire.

The militiamen, "were in an operation to protect the country's sea resources from illicit exploitation by foreign vessels," Barqad said.

Geraad Mohamud, from the same militia group, said they would kill any hostage they capture and would attack any ship unlawfully plying Somali waters unless their men were released.

Brown said on Saturday that the shootout ensued after the Navy ships, patrolling the area as part of a Dutch-led task force, spotted the suspect 30-foot-long fishing boat towing smaller skiffs and prepared to board and inspect the vessels.

A statement from the Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet said the suspected pirates were holding what appeared to be rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

When the suspects began shooting, gunners on the American ships returned fire with mounted machine guns, killing one man and igniting a fire on the vessel.

The Navy boarding teams confiscated an RPG launcher and automatic weapons, the statement said.

The Navy said the incident involving the Norfolk, Va.-based USS Cape St. George and USS Gonzalez occurred approximately 25 nautical miles off the Somali coast.

Piracy on Somali waters steeply increased last year, with the number of incidents rising to 35, compared with only two in 2004, according to the International Maritime Bureau. The increase in piracy included attacks on vessels carrying food aid for Somalis and a cruise ship.

Somalia has not had a coast guard or navy since 1991 when warlords ousted a dictatorship and then turned on each other.

The troubles facing Somalia's fledging 17-month-old transitional government, including piracy, will be discussed at regional leaders' meeting Monday.

On Friday, Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Raphael Tuju renewed a call for a peacekeeping mission to Somalia to help disarm the country's various militias.

On March 15, the U.N. Security Council encouraged naval forces operating off Somalia to take action against suspected piracy. Pirate attacks against aid ships have hindered U.N. efforts to provide relief to the victims of a severe drought in the area.

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Associated Press Writer Nadia Abou el-Magd contributed to this report from Cairo.
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Malaysia says Australia, UK, NZealand may play role in Malacca Strait security
27 March 2006

KUALA LUMPUR (AFX) - Australia, Britain and New Zealand may play a role in securing the Malacca Strait but the sovereignty of bordering states will be safeguarded, Malaysia's defence minister said.

'They are interested in the situation in the Straits of Malacca,' Najib Razak said after talks with the armed forces chiefs of Australia, Britain, New Zealand, and Singapore, who form the Five Power Defence Arrangement (FPDA).

'They are studying how the FPDA can help ensure security in the Straits of Malacca, in terms of capacity-building to help Malaysia and the other littoral states,' Najib told a news conference.

Asked if the FPDA member countries will join Malaysia's 'Eyes in the Sky' aerial patrol initiative, he said 'They can join the Eyes in the Sky program as long as it doesn't infringe on the sovereignty of the littoral states.'

'If they offer their own aircraft, it must be operated by Malaysian armed forces personnel.'

'For example if they offer a maritime aircraft, the consoles of that aircraft must be operated together with Malaysian personnel. This is one of the pre-conditions under the Eyes in the Sky program,' he said.

Under the FPDA, which was signed in 1971, the five nations will consult each other in the event of external aggression or threat of attack against either Southeast Asian country.

Najib said the FPDA has been expanded beyond traditional territorial threats to deal with non-conventional security threats such as terrorism, and conducts regular security exercises focusing on acts of terror.

The Eyes in the Sky project involving Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand was launched last September, with each of the countries taking turns conducting aerial patrols of the strait.

The Malacca Strait is one of the world's most important waterways, with 50,000 ships carrying about one-third of the globe's trade passing through it each year.
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Japanese ship attacked in Malacca Strait

TOKYO, April 6, 2006 (AFP) - Pirates attacked a Japanese-skippered freighter in the Malacca Strait off Indonesia's Sumatra island, stealing cash and equipment, the Japan Coast Guard said Thursday.

It was the latest attack in the region reported by Japan, which has stepped up aid to fight piracy in Southeast Asia as nearly all of the oil powering its economy comes through the strait.

The Panamanian-registered ship was carrying iron ore when attacked on March 21 by six pirates who approached on a small boat, the coast guard said.

The attackers tied up crew members with rope and robbed a safe of more than 4,000 dollars, it said.

No casualties were reported among the 21 crew and the freighter docked this week, it said. An investigation is under way.

The Nippon Foundation, a Tokyo-based maritime industry body, has built 45 lighthouses and spent 100 million dollars in navigational assistance to fight piracy in the Malacca Strait between Sumatra and Malaysia.

The Japan Coast Guard said 276 pirate attacks took place around the world in 2005, 122 of them in the waters of Southeast Asia.

The ease with which pirates board ships in the strait has raised concerns in Japan and the West that extremists could hijack a tanker to use as a floating bomb or to block the vital channel and disrupt world trade.

About one-third of world trade passes through the Malacca Strait each year.
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There are people reading it. They pop in and out now and then and make posts. I don't post for the sake of getting replies. I post whenever there is something relevant regardless of how many replies I get. For those interested in maritime history, piracy is a big issue right now, not just because of terrorism, but also because a huge chunk of the world's trade is transported by sea.

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Somali pirates demand 400,000 dollars for release of SKorean ship

MOGADISHU, April 7, 2006 (AFP) - Somali pirates are demanding 400,000 dollars (326,000 euros) for the release of a South Korean fishing vessel seized with a crew of 25 Asians this week off the coast of the lawless nation, elders said Friday.

Village elders -- the traditional power base of rural Somalia -- in the area near where the ship is being held said the gunmen who commandeered the vessel were seeking payment of a "fine" for illegal fishing and not a ransom.

"This is not a vessel that brought humanitarian aid to Somalia, it is not a commercial ship passing through international waters," said one elder taking part in negotiations to free the Dong Won 628 and its crew.

"It came to take our marine resources maybe by making deals with the wrong people, who claim to be national officials," he told AFP by phone from the port of Obbia, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Mogadishu where the ship is believed to be held.

"I can personally say that 400,000 dollars would be acceptable, a fine offer on both sides," said the elder, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "This is not a ransom but a fine for illegally fishing in Somalia."

Somali pirates have in the past demanded a 300,000-dollar "fine" and 1,000 dollars per crew member for the release of ships and sailors they have seized for alleged illegal use of Somalia's waters.

As the talks were set to continue, a maritime official in neighboring Kenya said the 350-tonne vessel's owners, Dongwon Fisheries, had obtained a fishing license from Somalia's fledgling and largely powerless transitional government.

The South Korean firm was paying 4,500 dollars per month for fishing rights, mainly to catch tuna, in Somalia's Exclusive Economic Zone, according to the official who said the contract was valid from March to May 10.

Andrew Mwangura of the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers' Assistance Programme (SAP) said he had seen a copy of the license signed by company officials and Hassan Abshir Farah, the natural resources minister in the transitional government.

Farah could not be reached for comment.

Contracts with the year-old transitional government are often not recognized by local warlords, militia and elders in Somalia, which has been in the throes of anarchy since the 1991 ouster of strongman Mohamed Siad Barre.

Numerous fishing vessels have been seized by Somali pirates who since last year have staged an increasing number of attacks on commericial ships plying the waters of the country's unpatrolled 2,300-mile (3,700-kilometre) coast.

The seizure of the Dong Won 628, which was hijacked on Tuesday with its crew of eight Koreans, nine Indonesians, five Vietnamese and three Chinese, was the 41st attack on a ship off Somalia since March last year, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
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Captain of hijacked SKorean vessel says crew treated well

NAIROBI, April 13, 2006 (AFP) - The captain of a South Korean fishing vessel hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of the lawless nation this month said the ship's crew was unharmed and not being mistreated by their captors.

The master of the Dong Won 628, which was seized by gunmen in the pirate infested waters off northeast Somalia on April 4, told mediators seeking the release of the ship that he and the other 24 crew members were in good health.

"We are in good health and we have been allowed to talk to the ship owner," Captain Sung Sik Choi told the mediators in a radio call arranged by the hijackers as a good will gesture as talks on releasing the ship continue.

"We have not been threatened," Sung was quoted as saying by Andrew Mwangura of the Seafarers Assistance Programme in the Kenyan port of Mombasa, which is assisting in the discussions.

Mwangura told AFP that talks on releasing the vessel were proceeding smoothly and that a "court" in the Somali town of Hobyo near where the ship was seized was expected to rule on the matter "in four or five days time."

He said he suspected that the negotiations were being hampered by a ransom demand from the pirates who insist that the ship was engaged in illegal fishing in Somali waters and are insisting on a "fine" for the transgression.

Last week, a Somali elder involved in the talks said the gunmen wanted 400,000 dollars (326,000 euros) for the release of the ship and its crew of nine Indonesians, eight South Koreans, five Vietnamese and three Chinese.

"This is not a ransom but a fine for illegally fishing in Somalia," the elder told AFP on Friday on condition of anonymity from Hobyo, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Mogadishu, where the ship is believed to be held.

Somali pirates have in the past demanded a 300,000-dollar "fine" and 1,000 dollars per crew member for the release of ships and sailors they have seized for alleged illegal use of Somalia's waters.

Somalia has had no functioning central administration since the 1991 ouster of strongman Mohamed Siad Barre and pirates have increasingly taken advantage of the lack of authority to prey along the 3,700-kilometer (2,300-mile) coast.

The seizure of the Dong Won 628 was the 41st attack on a ship off Somalia since March last year, according to the International Maritime Bureau.
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Alleged Somali pirates freed after US declines to prosecute

NAIROBI, May 2, 2006 (AFP) - A group of alleged Somali pirates captured by the US Navy in March have been freed and returned home to lawless Somalia after the United States declined to prosecute them, US officials said Tuesday.

Ten of 12 suspected pirates detained on March 18 after firing on US warships in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast were handed over to the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) and repatriated at the weekend, they said.

"The United States decided not to prosecute these 10 individuals in the United States, they were returned instead to Somalia," said an official with the US embassy in Nairobi, which was involved in the release of the suspects.

"We thank both the government of Kenya and the ICRC for their assistance in repatriating them to their home country," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The 10 had been held on a US naval vessel off the coast of Kenya and were sent to the Kenyan port city of Mombasa on Saturday where they were turned over to the ICRC and sent back to Somalia, the official said.

The remaining two, both of whom were wounded when two US warships, the USS Cape St. George and the USS Gonzalez, returned fire on their vessel, remain under treatment, the embassy official said.

"They will be repatriated when it is medically safe to do so," the official said, adding that the body of one alleged pirate killed in the incident would be returned to Somalia after an autopsy.

According to the Bahrain-based US Fifth Fleet, they fired rocket-propelled grenades at US ships that were pursuing them.

US sailors retaliated with light arms and seized them and their vessel.

The embassy official gave no reason for the decision to release the men.

But the Fifth Fleet said it had been made after the suspects were "screened for possible criminal activity and terrorist connections."

"After careful consideration, it was determined by the US government that repatriation would be the most effective and appropriate course of action in this matter," it said in a statement.

Warships from the United States, along with other maritime nations involved in the US-led war on terror, have been patrolling international waters off the Somali coast for some months to combat a surge in piracy.

Last month, Somali prime minister Ali Mohamed Gedi said his government and the United States had reached an agreement under which the US Navy would patrol Somali waters but Washington denied any deal had been struck.

Somalia has had no functioning central administration since the 1991 ouster of strongman Mohamed Siad Barre, and pirates have increasingly taken advantage of the lack of authority to prey along the 3,700 kilometer (2,300 mile) coast.

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has reported at least 41 attacks on ships off the Somali coast since mid-March of last year.

A separate group of alleged Somali pirates, captured by the US Navy on a hijacked Indian dhow in January, are now being tried in Mombasa, but Kenyan authorities are understood to have declined to prosecute those detained in March.

The US official said Washington remained committed to working with Somalia's transitional government to restoring law and order to the anarchic nation.

"We are working with Somali officials to develop a greater ability to prosecute and imprison those involved in serious crimes, including international piracy," the official said.
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) - One of 20 Filipino seamen held hostage in Somalia for nine weeks has died in captivity, his colleague told relatives Friday, as the crewmen's families appealed for government action to secure their release.

The men were seized by Somali pirates after their oil tanker, the United Arab Emirates-registered MT LIN1, offloaded its cargo at a southern Somali port on March 29, the Philippine Foreign Affairs Department said.

Spokesman Gilbert Asuque said the department could not immediately confirm the reported death of one of the hostages, but said the government was trying to contact the ship's owners, who have been negotiating with the hostage takers.

The owners were not identified.

One of the captives spoke with a relative in the Philippines by satellite phone, and in portions aired over Radio DZMM and ABS-CBN TV, he said one of the crewmen had died accidentally.

The hostage takers did not want the deceased man identified and the crewman gave no other details.

Wives of the crewmen appealed to the Philippine government for assistance.

Carmen Narciso, wife of chief engineer Perfecto Narciso, said Thursday that the gunmen were feeding their captives only once a day because food was scarce.

In a statement, the Foreign Affairs Department said it realizes "the need of the ship owners to have every available time and option to resolve this dispute with the Somali group." It also warned Filipino seafarers to avoid Somali waters or trading with Somali ports "in view of the difficult security situation in that country."

Piracy in Somalia rose sharply last year, with the number of reported incidents at 35, compared with two in 2004, according to the International Maritime Bureau. The bandits target both passenger and cargo vessels for ransom or loot.
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IMB urges Lloyd's to drop Malacca Strait from piracy blacklist

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14, 2006 (AFP) - An international maritime watchdog has urged leading insurer Lloyd's to remove the Malacca Strait from a list of dangerous waterways, saying pirate attacks there had sharply declined.

"Based on the figures, there is no justification for them to include Malacca Strait in the list, unless Lloyd's has some other information that we are not aware of," said Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre.

Choong said the Malacca Strait was "not a hot spot at the moment" as the three states bordering the strategic waterway -- Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore had launched aggressive joint patrols.

A history of piracy and kidnapping of seafarers prompted the three countries to launch joint sea and air patrols aimed at securing one of the world's most important waterways.

The Lloyd's Market Association's Joint War Committee decided in July last year to add the strait to a list of 20 areas worldwide -- alongside Iraq, Lebanon and Nigeria -- that it deemed security threats to shipping.

The classification by the LMA, a body that advises members of insurer Lloyd's of London, could result in underwriters imposing additional premiums on ships plying the strait.

Choong's comments came after it decided last month to retain the Malacca Strait on its war and terrorism listing.

However, during the first quarter of this year the IMB did not receive any reports of armed robbery or pirate attacks in the Malacca Strait which runs between Indonesia and Malaysia.

In April there were three attacks on fishing boats, Choong said, adding that in one instance, pirates in a speed boat fired at a fishing vessel but that the crew escaped unhurt.

"From our view, the problem areas now are Somalia, Chittagong in Bangladesh and Nigeria," Choong told AFP, adding that there had been 22 attacks on ships at anchor in Chittagong port between January and June this year.

Choong said that continued maritime patrols could influence Lloyd's to remove the strait from the listing.

"We feel their concern may be that the current measures taken by the three littoral states may be just a temporary action. Therefore they may look for clear signals before they remove the strait from the list," he said.

Choong said the littoral states must demonstrate their commitment to fighting piracy, adding that attacks had fallen after Indonesia boosted security patrols last year.

"But it is unclear, how long the patrols will last," he said.

"If these actions taken by littoral states are temporary, pirate attacks will definitely resurface," he warned.

Maritime officials have said that high cost of fuel is one key element restricting Indonesia's ability to conduct frequent maritime patrol along its vast coastline.
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Japanese cargo ship crew foils pirates attack after two UN craft hit in Malacca Strait
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - A Japanese cargo ship on Tuesday foiled a pirate attack in the Strait of Malacca off Indonesia, days after pirates raided two U.N.-chartered vessels in the same area, a maritime watchdog said.

The attacks raised concerns about a resurgence of piracy in the strait, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes and a key link between Asia and Europe.

The waterway was listed by Britain-based global shipping insurer Joint War Committee of the Lloyd's Market Association as a war risk area in June 2005, but had become largely peaceful since late last year following increased patrols by Indonesia's navy.

"We are extremely concerned with these three latest attacks in the same area," said Noel Choong, head of the London-based International Maritime Bureau's piracy center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. "We have informed the Indonesian authorities, and we hope they will take action to contain the problem."

In the latest attack, pirates on an unlit blue speedboat off Indonesia's Aceh province followed the 26,989 gross tonnage Japanese ship and tried to board it from the back, Choong said.

A duty officer raised an alarm. The crew turned on floodlights and sprayed water from fire hoses, preventing the pirates from boarding, Choong said.

"They stopped the attack by raising the alarm," he said, adding that the pirates, suspected to have guns, chased the ship for five minutes before giving up.

On Sunday night, pirates boarded two U.N.-chartered ships carrying construction material for the reconstruction of the tsunami-hit Aceh.

Both ships, flying Indonesian flags, had sailed from Belawan on Indonesia's Sumatra island and were heading for Aceh when they were attacked, Choong said.

He said no injuries were reported among the all-Indonesian crew on the two vessels, hired by the U.N. World Food Program.

The Malacca Strait has typically been one of the world's most pirate-infested sea lanes, but attacks fell to an all-time low last year after Indonesia and its neighbors increased naval patrols.

"At the moment, we don't know if these are isolated cases or the start of attacks again in the Malacca Strait," Choong said. "We are still monitoring. But we urge ships to keep a strict piracy watch."

He said the first ship, heading to Lhokseumawe in Aceh, was attacked at 9:45 p.m. local time and the other ship, going to Calang, at around midnight.

The pirates stole and damaged some of the equipment on the first ship and robbed the crew of cash and personal belongings on the other, Choong said.

Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia officially began coordinated patrols in the 900-kilometer (550-mile) Malacca Strait in July 2004 after prodding from Washington, which said terrorists could link up with pirates already established in the narrow waterway to blow up an oil tanker or use it as a floating bomb.

The International Maritime Bureau had praised the increased security in the strait for causing a dramatic drop in piracy incidents last year and this year.

According to the IMB, there were no pirate attacks in the Strait of Malacca in the first three months of 2006, but the latest attacks raised to six the number of piracy incidents reported since April.

Each year, more than 50,000 ships, carrying half the world's oil and a third of its commerce, use the strait bordered by peninsular Malaysia and Singapore on one side and Sumatra on the other.
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Indonesia urged to bolster Malacca Strait security: IMB

KUALA LUMPUR, July 5, 2006 (AFP) - Indonesia should boost security in the Malacca Strait, an international maritime watchdog said Wednesday after pirates attacked a Japanese carrier and two UN ships off the coast of Aceh.

"We urge Indonesian authorities to take action to contain piracy in the strait," the head of the International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre, Noel Choong, told AFP.

Choong said piracy attacks had declined in the Malacca Strait dividing Malaysia and Singapore after Indonesia launched agressive patrols codenamed Operation Gurita.

In the latest incident Tuesday, pirates attacked the Japanese operated bulk carrier MV Island Oasis in waters off tsunami-hit Aceh.

The 20 Filipino crew prevented the pirates, believed to be Indonesian, from boarding the ship.

In the same area off the coast of Aceh in the north of the strait, pirates attacked two UN-chartered ships hours apart on Sunday.

In the first attack, some 12 pirates armed with AK47 rifles, hand grenades and pistols boarded the ship.

Both ships were ferrying construction materials to Indonesia for the UN's World Food Program when they were attacked under cover of darkness.

Choong said seafarers must remain alert when plying the strait which is one of the world's most important waterways.

Maritime officials have said that the high cost of fuel is one key element restricting Indonesia's ability to conduct frequent maritime patrols along its vast coastline.

Leading insurer Lloyd's has placed the Malacca Strait on its list of dangerous waterways.
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Kenyan court to rule next month in Somali piracy case

MOMBASA, Kenya, July 13, 2006 (AFP) - A Kenyan judge said Thursday she would deliver a verdict next month in the landmark trial of 10 alleged Somali pirates captured by the US navy off the coast of Somalia.

Magistrate Beatrice Jaden set an August 3 date to deliver her decision in the case, brought by Kenyan prosecutors in a bid to stem a surge in attacks on commercial shipping in the Indian Ocean around Somalia.

The case has drawn attention because the defendants were detained in international waters by the US military in an operation that highlighted insecurity in Somalia, where Islamist militias have since seized the capital.

The 10 were seized by the destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill, attached to the Bahrain-based US Fifth Fleet, on January 21 about 55 miles (85 kilometers) off the Somali coast a day after an unsuccessful hijack attempt on a merchant ship.

The US military detained them aboard an Indian dhow from which they allegedly launched that and other attacks, and brought them to the Kenyan port of Mombasa.

The accused are charged with unlawfully detaining an Indian vessel, the Safina Al Bisaraat, threatening the lives of its 16-member crew and demanding a ransom of 50,000 dollars (42,000 euros) for their release.

The defense has unsuccessfully tried to have the case thrown out, arguing that Kenya does not have jurisdiction in the matter because the men were taken into custody in international waters from an Indian ship.

Defense lawyers restated that position in closing arguments on Thursday, but the prosecution again rejected the claim.

"An offence of piracy has universal jurisdiction which exists where the acts took place regardless of the nationality of the offenders," prosecutor Margaret Mwangi said.

Somalia has had no functioning central administration since the 1991 ouster of strongman Mohamed Siad Barre and pirates have increasingly taken advantage of the lack of authority to prey along the 3,700 kilometer (2,300 mile) coast.

The seizure of the alleged pirates came amid a surge in hijackings off the coast, where the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has reported 41 attacks on vessels since March 2005, including one on a US luxury cruise ship.
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US committed to security in Malacca Strait, says top navy official

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17, 2006 (AFP) - The United States is prepared to share maritime expertise with Malaysia to fight piracy in the troubled Malacca Strait, a visiting admiral said Monday.

"It is a vital strait not just locally but internationally. It is one that we all have an interest in," the chief of US naval operations, Admiral Michael Mullen, told reporters.

"As we are developing future capabilities, certainly we are willing to share those with the Malaysian navy," he said.

Mullen said he had earlier met his Malaysian counterpart, Ilyas Din, to discuss the challenges faced in enforcing security in the strait which borders Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

"I spent a considerable amount of time with Ilyas to review (security in the strait) and where we can help do that -- whether it is training or the kinds of procedures that might be beneficial to both of us," he said.

Malaysia has repeatedly rejected the prospect of US anti-terrorism patrols being mounted in the Malacca Strait, and has criticised Singapore for apparently suggesting it was incapable of guarding the waterway.

However, last year Malaysia's Defence Minister Najib Razak said that the nations bordering the strait were seeking US involvement in a supporting role, by providing aircraft for patrols.

Leading insurer Lloyd's has placed the Malacca Strait, which sees about one-third of the globe's trade passing through it, on its list of dangerous waterways.

Mullen, however, said he was happy with the level of security despite six reported pirate attacks in the second quarter of 2006.

"The security level is fine," he said.

In the latest incident early this month pirates attacked the Japanese-operated bulk carrier MV Island Oasis in waters off tsunami-hit Aceh.

But the 20 Filipino crew prevented the pirates, believed to be Indonesian, from boarding the ship.

In the same area off the coast of Aceh in the north of the strait, pirates had two days earlier attacked two UN-chartered ships hours apart.

In the first attack, some 12 pirates armed with AK47 rifles, hand grenades and pistols boarded the ship.

Mullen is on a two-day visit to Malaysia as part of a Southeast Asian tour. He leaves for Singapore Tuesday and will travel later to Indonesia.
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