Piracy may alter shipping routes

Norwegian shipowning company JJ Ugland may stop sailing off the west coast of Africa, after one of its bulk cargo vessels was attacked by pirates earlier this month. The company still hasn’t posted any updates about the status of eight crew members kidnapped by the pirates while the ship was anchored off Benin. Ugland, based in […]

Pirates attacked Norwegian sailboat

A group of young Norwegians out sailing in the Caribbean were attacked by pirates off the eastern coast of Panama late last week. Panamanian authorities quickly arrested six suspects and have been offering the victims lots of assistance. “The Norwegian youth have been given accommodation and are being well taken care of,” a spokesman for […]

Pirates attacked Norwegian ship

Norwegian shipowning JJ Ugland Companies claimed on Monday that it was doing doing its “utmost” to bring nine of its Filipino crew members to safety, after the bulk cargo ship on which they were working was boarded by pirates off Cotonou, Benin during the weekend. The company confirmed that the captain of the Ugland bulker […]

Holmås sees pirates of the Indian Ocean

Development Minister Heikki Holmås met convicted pirates in a Seychelles prison on June 28. Holmås visited the island-state to sign an agreement providing for imprisonment in the Seychelles of pirates detained by the Norwegian frigate KNM Fridtjof Nansen, which is on anti-piracy duty in the Indian Ocean. More than 20,000 merchant vessels pass through the […]

Navy chases pirates again

A Norwegian frigate is back on duty off the east coast of Africa, joining international forces in an ongoing patrol against pirates in and around the Gulf of Aden. Members of Parliament were rushing through legislation this week about where to jail any pirates caught. The plan is to send captured pirates to prison in […]

Surveillance plane goes after pirates

The Norwegian military is once again contributing to the battle against pirates off East Africa, after lots of urging from the shipowners’ lobby. “Finally an Orion aircraft is on its way,” Sturla Henriksen of the Norwegian Shipowners Association, told Aftenposten this week. The shipowners have earlier criticized the Norwegian government for not contributing enough to […]

Cold response to anti-pirate arming

Industry minister Trond Giske’s suggestion to allow private ships to be equipped with armed guards to protect Norwegians from Somali pirate attacks has been met with a lukewarm reception, as responses to the official consultation on the idea were revealed. Giske, a representative of the Labour Party, began a consultation on the issue in March […]

Norway renews anti-piracy effort

After months of fending off criticism over its contribution to international anti-piracy efforts, Norway’s Defense Ministry has decided to send surveillance aircraft to Somalia, to aid NATO’s anti-piracy operation off the coast of east Africa. Norway remains a major shipping nation, and its shipowners have been highly critical that their own government hasn’t been helping […]

Norwegian ships may be able to arm against pirates after all

The Norwegian government is reconsidering a ban against weapons on board ships in its international registry. That means vessels may be able to arm themselves after all, to ward off pirate attacks. The attacks have become increasingly common in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden off Somalia. Several Norwegian shipowners with vessels registered […]

Shipowner: ‘Shoot the pirates’

A 79-year-old veteran of Norway’s shipping industry thinks the international community and his own country are being much too kind in their dealings with today’s sea pirates off Somalia. He wants to shoot them on the spot. Jacob Stolt-Nielsen, patriarch of the Stolt-Nielsen shipping empire, wrote a commentary in newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) on Tuesday […]