ISWAN welcomes release of Iranian hostages by Somali pirates after years in captivity

The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) welcomes the release of three Iranian hostages by Somali pirates after nearly five and half years in captivity. The three Iranian hostages, who were held for 1,975 days by Somali pirates, have been released and arrived safely at Tehran. They are the last three crew members of FV Siraj, an Iranian fishing vessel with 19 crew, which was hijacked by Somali pirates on 25 March 2015. Last year, one other crew member…

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IMB Piracy Report Highlights Violence in West Africa

Somali piracy has fallen to its lowest levels since 2006, focusing attention on violent piracy and armed robbery off the coast of West Africa,Q2 2013 picture the International Chamber Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB)’s global piracy report revealed today. Worldwide, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) recorded 138 piracy incidents in the first six months of 2013, compared with 177 incidents for the corresponding period in 2012. Seven hijackings have been recorded this year compared with 20 in the…

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Captain Caniete visits Richards Bay

During the middle of March Rev Jaco Dreyer was doing ship visiting and went on board the MV Mykanos.  He met her Captain, Capitan Caniete who originated from the Philippines.   Jaco recognised the Captain from a video clip that we had watched about piracy at our last chaplain’s conference.  The clip told the harrowing story of the MV Renuar that had been captured by pirates on 11 December 2010 of the coast of India. Captain retold his story to Jaco…

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