2000 in piracy

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See also: 1999 in piracy, 2001 in piracy and the list of 'years of Piracy'.


  • Treasure hunter Barry Clifford finds an early 18th-century wreck in the harbor of Île Sainte-Marie, Madagascar. Archaeologist John De Bry identifies the remains as those of the Fiery Dragon, Christopher Condent's pirate sloop.
  • February - Contact is lost with the cargo ship MV Hualien off the coast of Taiwan. Neither the ship nor its 21 crew members are found.
  • February 23 - The Japanese tanker MT Global Mars, carrying 6,000 metric tons of palm oil, is attacked off the coast of Malaysia by pirates armed with automatic weapons. The ships 17 crew members are held captured for 13 days and set adrift in a small boat before being rescued off the coast of Thailand on March 10. As of 2001, the ship remains missing.