Somali Pirates Attack European Warship

The crew of a tiny skiff took on a Spanish warship off the Somali coast on Thursday. Predictably they lost. But a new study reports that about one-third of pirate ransoms are converted into Somali shillings, benefiting casual labor and pastoralists in the Puntland region.
  • Somalia:  Pirates to Face Justice in Spain

    European Union Naval Force Somalia, 13 January 2012

    Following a detailed assessment of the dawn attack on the SPS PATINO on 12 January 2012, the political decision has been made to hand-over the evidence pack for consideration by ... read more »

  • Somalia:  Pirates Attack Spanish Warship

    European Union Naval Force Somalia, 12 January 2012

    At first light on 12 January 2012, having just completed the escort of a World Food Programme ship carrying food-aid into Somalia and while operating close to the Somali port of ... read more »

Blog Entries

  • Who Benefits from Somali Piracy Ransoms?

    Blog: The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn, Thu 12 Jan, 05:15 pm 2012

    Dr. Anja Shortland of Brunel University has prepared a fascinating study that analyzes who benefits from Somali piracy ransoms. Published in January ... read more »


  • Somalia:  Pirates Free Indian Crew of 21

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 15 January 2012

    All 21 Indian crew members held hostage by Somali pirates on a chemical oil tanker since August have been released safely, officials in Mumbai said. read more »

  • Somalia:  Pirates Free Georgian Sailors

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 8 January 2012

    Fifteen Georgian sailors held hostage by pirates for more than a year off the coast of lawless Somalia have been freed, officials from the ex-Soviet state said on Sunday. read more »

  • Somalia:  Pirates Hijack Another Italian Cargo Ship Near Oman

    Garowe Online, 28 December 2011

    Somali pirates have hijacked an Italian cargo ship and its 18 employees and are holding it for ransom, Radio Garowe reports. read more »

  • Somalia:  199 Men and One Woman Held Hostage

    European Union Naval Force Somalia, 20 December 2011

    While the issue of piracy off the coast of Somalia has received significant coverage over the past 4 years, with the exception a number of high-profile individuals, the fate of the ... read more »

  • Somalia:  It's a Dog's Life Even for Pirates

    The East African, 8 January 2012

    Narratives featuring strange lands with scintillating beauty, unexpected adventures with buxom brunettes, Gothic gardens with sunken treasures and billowing sails underlie smash ... read more »

  • Africa:  Reduced Risk of Pirate Attacks to Cut Freight Costs

    Business Daily, 2 January 2012

    Freight costs and insurance premiums are expected to drop later this year if the decreasing risk of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden is sustained. read more »

  • Somalia:  Korean Court Confirms Life Sentence for Pirate

    Shabelle Media Network, 22 December 2011

    The Supreme Court sentenced a Somali pirate to life imprisonment Thursday for hijacking a South Korean ship and attempting to kill the ship's captain, upholding a previous ruling. read more »

  • Somalia:  Taiwan Mulls Armed Guards On Ships Against Pirates

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 3 January 2012

    Taiwan is considering a plan to place armed guards on board local ships that sail in pirate-infested waters, especially off Somalia, officials and media said Tuesday. read more »

  • East Africa:  EU Mulls Expanding Anti-Piracy Mission to Beaches - Germany

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 30 December 2011

    The European Union is weighing expanding its anti-piracy operation off the Horn of Africa to include targeting equipment stored on Somali beaches, Germany said Friday. read more »

  • Somalia:  African Union Asks UN to Raise Peacekeeping Force to 17,700

    Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 5 January 2012

    The African Union on Thursday asked the United Nations to authorise an increase of its peacekeeping force in war-torn Somalia by 5,700 to 17,700 amid mounting attacks by Islamist ... read more »