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Piracy Archive 2000-2005 - Archive of reports sent to noonsite by cruisers between 2000 and 2005, relating to piracy, attempted piracy and security around the world.

Piracy Reports 2006 - Reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.

Piracy Reports 2007 - Reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.

Piracy Reports 2008 - Reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.

Piracy Reports 2009 - Latest reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.

Piracy Reports 2010 - Reports of attacks or suspicious incidents in 2010 from around the world.

Piracy Reports 2011 - Latest reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.

Piracy Reports 2012 - Latest reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.

Self-defence and Deterring Attacks

Piracy Reports 2013 - Latest reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.

Piracy Reports 2014 - Latest reports of attacks or suspicious incidents from around the world.

Contents

Use the above buttons to review the past years of worldwide security incident reports from cruisers. This is not intended to be an all encompassing list of all crimes against yachts in the World, however, may be an indication of your relative safety in a particular country and need for extra precautions.

It is ALWAYS prudent to lock the yacht when you leave for a trip to shore, for a visit to another yacht, or at night when sleeping. Your dinghy and outboard should be treated like you do your car. Lock both at all times with a robust chain and padlock and always raise both out of the water at night.

In addition to reporting an incident to noonsite, it is also important to report to the local authorities. Only if they know what is happening in their jurisdictions can they take steps to stop the activity and to apprehend the criminals.

General

No other danger has marred the beauty of cruising more than the threat of piracy, whether on the high seas or in coastal waters. Indeed it is a risk that mariners have had to confront for many thousands of years, and continue to do so in certain areas of the world today. Piracy incidents on pleasure boats in recent years have been mercifully few in numbers and restricted predominantly to the Gulf of Aden region and Venezuela. Whilst the situation has improved somewhat for big ships in the Gulf of Aden due to the employment of private security firms on board, there is still an ever-present threat for small boats transiting the High Risk Area.

Gulf of Aden / Indian Ocean Transit

Whilst the maritime authorities are more concerned with attacks on commercial shipping (attacks on pleasure craft not being high priority, or even their responsibility) they do publish warnings for pleasure craft considering a GOA/Indian Ocean transit.

LATEST WARNING - PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2013

The joint risk assessment for threats to sailing yachts in the High Risk Area off Somalia has been undertaken in conjunction with the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA), UK Maritime Trade Organisation (UKMTO), NATO Shipping Centre and US Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO) and the Yachting Community (including ISAF, RYA, OCC, CA, RCC).  Its conclusions are clear and incontrovertible:

All sailing yachts under their own passage should remain out of the High Risk Area (HRA) or face the risk of being hijacked and held hostage for ransom.

If, despite the risks, you decide to ignore the advice not to transit, MSCHOA (see below) strongly encourages yachts to register in advance (with the Yacht Passage Advice Form) and to report daily during the passage.

If under attack or suspected attack immediately telephone (do not email) UKMTO +971 50 552 3215 with your position.

It is important to note that naval forces are limited and prime protection is given to commercial ships. The volume of commercial shipping in the region means that even a large convoy of yachts is not assured of protection.

The following contacts are for piracy-related organisations and websites worldwide.

Last updated October 2013.

MARLO: Gulf of Aden recommended transit corridors
(Maritime Liaison Office) (USN) Bahrain
Tel:+973 (0) 3940 1395
US flagged vessels transiting the GOA may wish to contact MARLO who keep a 24 hour watch. Communication should preferably be by email and should include full contact details for the yacht and identification features for the vessel, crew and skipper. Consult their website for latest co-ordinates for the IRTC.
Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA)
Tel:+44 (0) 1923 958 545 Fax:+44 (0) 1923 958 520 (24 hr watch)
Offers best management practice for vessel self protection as well as group transit information in the Gulf of Aden. MSCHOA liaises with anti-piracy patrols being conducted by warships from several nations in the area. Go to the "links" section for information about all the organisations that are involved with the Transit Corridor and the "pirate alley" area. MSCHOA keep a register of all yachts transiting the GOA. Complete the yacht registration form available on the website and return to MSCHOA or email with full contact details for the yacht and identification features for the vessel, crew and skipper.
UKMTO (UK Maritime Trade Organization) (RN) Dubai
Tel:+971 (0) 5 055 23215 Fax:+971 (0) 4 309 4254
UKMTO Dubai coordinates the management of all merchant ship and yachts in the GOA area. They also administer the Voluntary Reporting Scheme. If transiting the GOA it is recommended yachts position keep with the UKMTO on a daily basis and advise her plans with as much notice as possible and provide the information set out in their Yacht Vessel Movement Form, preferably by email but alternatively by telephone. In the event of a pirate attack, call the above number.

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Convoys

Noonsite launched a new forum for convoys and cruising in company in July 2010 - go here to access the forum. Remember when posting a message to include location and direction in the title (if a convoy, ie: north or south bound). It is also useful to include in your forum posting yacht details, average speed under sail and motor, details of crew, proposed route and dates, present location and a contact email address.

There are a number of convoy related articles linked to this forum, as well as being listed below under "reports".

Gulf of Aden Convoys

Tom Sampson, who organised a 27 boat convoy in January 2010 through GOA, comments; "Since 2010 the situation has changed dramatically and has been duly recognised by the latest warning notice published by MSCHOA for yachts considering sailing in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. Whilst the large convoy concept may have been considered a valid option in 2010, I no longer believe that it is so now.
Read more from Tom here.

General Services

MAST
Maritime Asset Security and Training Ltd , Endeavour House, Coopers End Road , Stansted, Essex CM24 1SJ United Kingdom
Tel:+44 (0)1279 669 480 Mobile: +44 (0 7795 22 33 66 (24 hours) Fax:+44 (0) 1279 669 483
Security Management Company offering complete security package to yachts including anti-piracy protection.

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Reports

Securing your boat from intruders

The Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN)

Venezuela: Is it Safe?

Somali Piracy Update: January 2013

Pirate Dodging: Update from Cochin, India.

Somalia: South African cruising couple finally FREE plus Their Account of being Held Hostage

An Alternative to GOA and the Red Sea: Desert Sailing

Cruising SE Asia - Security Tips

To sail the Gulf of Aden is like playing Russian Roulette

Treat with Extreme Caution - Convoys & Rallies through the Indian Ocean

Hostage - By Paul & Rachel Chandler

Potential new trend in pirate tactics in an area of the Red Sea off Eritrea

Notes on the Organisation of a Convoy

ISAF June 2011 Guidelines for yachts on passage through the southern Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and off Somalia

Convoys in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea

TTT Convoy - 2011 Red Sea Convoy from Thailand to Turkey - A Summary

Yacht Hotline Established in Grenada

Latest Newsletter From NATO Shipping Centre

Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the Coast of Somalia

Useful Precautions if Cruising in Pirate Infested Waters

Pirates, Costs and Baksheesh for the Red Sea Passage

Super Convoy March 2010 Evaluation

Sailing Oman to Aden 2010 in a small group

Caution for Anyone Considering a Gulf of Aden Passage

Island Theft - Our Thoughts

Anti Piracy Strategies for the Red Sea 2009

Cape Verdes Thefts And Yacht Boarding - A Problem Cured?

Piracy around the Seychelles - Our Departure Convoy

Security Corridor from Oman to Aden, Yemen

Gulf of Aden's Pirate Zone (how yachts are getting through)

Fancy a sail in the Caribbean? Read this.

Pirate Attack Gulf of Aden: Advice on Who to Contact and What to Do

The Use of the AIS System

Caribbean: Reported Crime Incidents Against Yachts, 2005-2008

French Mercenaries Sign E100m Deal with Somalia

Pirates Desert Malacca Straits for African Waters

Piracy: a strategy against the worst cases

Chris Doyle Responds To "Yacht Attack At St Vincent"

An Analysis of Piracy Attacks

Update On Gulf of Aden Piracy

Sailing From Asia To The Med Can Be Trouble-Free

Piracy: useful contacts

Authorities and Yachts Liaise Over Cruising The Colombian Coast

Report of other pirate attacks in Venezuela 2003-2005

Convoys As Protection: Do They Work?

Concern Over Recent Piracy Attacks off Somalia

Gulf Of Aden Attacks In Well-Defined Area

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden: thoughts on human traffickers / pirates

Pirates near Yemen update

False Perceptions Of Piracy Against Yachts In Asia

Recent Piracy Attacks

Venezuelan Rescue & Maritime Safety Organisation

Recommended Procedures

BBC News
Latest BBC news item on piracy plus links to previous stories.
Caribbean Safety and Security Net
Excellent website with crime against cruisers reports island by island. Reports can be made by e-mail, and via "contact us" on the website.
Cruiser Log Forum
Regional forum including Red Sea and Indian Ocean.
Dangerous Waters
by John Burnett
The author says of this book: "a book about merchant ships and terrorism post 9-11 from the point of view of intelligence agencies, the shipping industry and first person, an ex-merchant seaman. And always from the POV of a cruising sailor."
East Africa Forum
News from the Horn of Africa with specific news about pirate attacks and piracy issues.
Graphic of Pirate Attacks in the Gulf of Aden & Indian Ocean off E. Coast of Somalia
To view this graphic on the Cruiser Log Website requires website registration which is free.
Klaus Hympendahl
Following publication of his book PIRATES ABOARD!, Klaus Hympendahl has set up this website with the intention to provide as much information as possible, like the dangerous areas and how to avoid them. Klaus is interested in hearing from anyone who has video footage of attacks or attempted attacks on yachts.
Northwest Caribbean Radio Net
Report From Pirate Alley
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