Maritime Safety News Today – 21st April 2008

Somali pirates seize Spanish boat

A Spanish fishing boat with 26 crew on boar has been seized by pirates off Somalia, officials in Spain say.

They say the Playa de Bakio – a Basque tuna boat – was attacked about 250 miles (400km) off the coast.

A source from the Basque regional government said the boat was in “international waters”. The fate of the crew is unknown.

Typhoon Neoguri hits land in South China
China Daily – China
Maritime safety administrations in Guangzhou, Yangjiang and Maoming cities saved 210 fishermen stranded on the sea on Saturday, according to the

Fishermen missing in wake of typhoon
Shanghai Daily – Shanghai,China
swam to reefs and stayed there until being found by a rescue ship,” said Zhang Jie, vice director of the Hainan Maritime Safety Administration.

Navy initiative teaches security
Stars and Stripes – Washington,DC,USA
“These countries want our help, they know they have issues, from piracy and illegal fishing to trafficking,” said Navy Capt. Nicholas Holman, commander of

Ship piracy up 20 percent, Nigerian waters worst hit
Reuters – USA
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said in its quarterly report that there were 49 attacks on shipping globally in the first three months of 2008,

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