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Armed pirates attacked another platform operated by Pemex, forcing the crew to help them cart off stolen goods before leaving the cite.

More specifically, 10 armed robbers boarded a platform at the Rebombeo pumping complex in the Bay of Campeche.

The attackers stayed onboard for about three hours, stealing tools, SCBAs and materials from the platform. None of the crew were injured.

A similar incident had taken place in late May, when armed pirates boarded an offshore vessel near an oil field off Tabasco, making off with thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment.

The pirates also fired shots into the air to force the seafarers to stay out of their way, leaving after about 45 minutes of looting.

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Officials from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations will most likely meet this week to discuss resuming Ukraine’s Black Sea grain exports, Ankara said on Monday, while a Turkish official said lingering “small problems” should be overcome.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – two major global wheat suppliers – has sent prices for grains and other food products soaring. It has stalled Kyiv’s exports, leaving dozens of ships stranded and some 20 million tonnes of grain stuck in silos at Odesa. 

Last week, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations would sign a deal this week on the grain exports corridor after talks in Istanbul. But U.N. chief Antonio Guterres warned there was still “a long way to go” before there would be peace talks to end the war. 

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Global incidents of piracy fell in the first half of the year to the lowest reported level in nearly 30 years amid ‘cautious’ gains in the Gulf of Guinea, the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said in its latest piracy report released this week.

The report details 58 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the first six months of 2022, the lowest total since 1994 and down from 68 incidents during the same period last year. IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) received reports of 55 vessels boarded, two attempted attacks and one vessel hijacked from January through June. Notably, there were no crew kidnappings.

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A seafarer has been hospitalised after a fire erupted onboard a Turkish tanker off Russia, on 9 July.

According to Russian media, the fire started in the engine room of the 6,000-dwt Ahmet Telli. As a result, the first officer was taken to hospital after inhaling toxic smoke, but his condition is not life-threatening.

Now, the has been moved to the outer roads of the Black Sea port of Temryuk, because of fears of an explosion on board the vessel.

However, a pilot from the Taman district department of Rosmorport, stayed on board to help guide the vessel into port with the help of tugs. Nevertheless, the fire began as the ship approached the port, cutting power.

Eventually, the Ahmet Telli was anchored, but the crew was not able to halt the blaze.

Authorities continued to monitor the status of the tanker after it berthed.