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  • More Australia and New Zealand Navies intercept drugs off Africa
    22nd September 2014
    A combined Australian and New Zealand operation 260 km off the coast of Africa has seized more than 5.6 metric tons of cannabis resin worth an estimated $280 million.
  • More Forum on violence against seafarers off West Africa
    16th September 2014
    Oceans Beyond Piracy and the International Maritime Bureau will be co-hosting an important event in seafarer welfare on 23 September 2014 in London.
  • More Terror at Sea Exploring Maritime Targeting by Terrorist Organizations
    16th September 2014
    The threat of terrorism is growing around the world, and an increase in maritime attacks might have a very serious impact on maritime trade and global peace and security.
  • More Gulf of Guinea Inter-Regional Coordination Centre inaugurated
    12th September 2014
    Delegates from the G7, the United Nations and other international partners observed the inauguration of the Inter-regional Coordination Centre for Maritime Safety and Security in the Gulf of Guinea in Yaoundé.
  • More An analysis of drug smuggling across the Indian Ocean
    11th September 2014
    Is there an increasing cooperation in the Indian Ocean to curb drug smuggling today? After piracy and terrorism, are the drug smugglers and their network being targeted now in the Indian Ocean? What is the nature of counter actions so far, and what needs to be done further?
  • More Guidelines for protection against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
    9th September 2014
    The Republic of Liberia has issued Marine Security Advisory including guidelines for protection against armed robbery and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region and Reporting to the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre Gulf Guinea (MTISC - GoG).
  • More Ebola Virus Outbreak Marine Notice
    8th September 2014
    AMSA has issued a Marine Notice to draw the attention of shipowners and ship operators to the recent outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa and to provide advice on the risks posed to seafarers calling in countries affected by the outbreak.
  • More Pirates attack products tanker off Ivory Coast
    3rd September 2014
    Armed pirates robbed a petroleum products tanker near Ivory Coast's port of Abidjan, a maritime agency and a private security adviser said on Wednesday, in an indication of the increasing mobility of Nigeria-based gangs.
  • More New alert on pirate threat to Gulf of Aden ships
    23rd August 2014
    Merchant ship-owners have been warned against complacency in thinking Somali pirates have been defeated, amid growing attacks and skirmishes at sea.
  • More Audacious open ocean ambush of product tanker in Gulf of Guinea
    9th August 2014
    In the early hours of Saturday 9th August, a product tanker transiting 200 nautical miles south of the Nigerian shoreline encountered a radar contact of a drifting vessel along its track. After taking normal navigational measures to open the closest point of approach (CPA) from the drifting vessel and passing abeam at 6.5 nautical miles, the tanker’s crew heard a burst of gunfire.
  • More Sea Transportation The virtue of fighting back
    6th August 2014
    Armed guards and aggressive naval and air patrolling off the Somali coast have reduced pirate activity to the lowest level in a decade.
  • More Curbing the excesses of maritime piracy in Africa
    5th August 2014
    Reports on maritime piracy as they occur in various parts of the world and its deadly effect on shipping and ultimately national economies have been of grave concern to ship owners and governments.
  • ISPS Code and maritime terrorism
    16th July 2014
    ISPS Code and maritime terrorism by Lars H. Bergqvist
  • More Ten things to know about piracy in West Africa
    16th July 2014
    There are various types of maritime crime in West Africa. Generally, only two of these can be considered piracy, namely hijack for cargo theft and kidnap for ransom.
  • More Al Shabaab take over stranded Kenyan ship and crew members
    11th July 2014
    Mogadishu (Harar24) – A Kenyan-owned ship which dropped off goods at Mogadishu’s seaport and was headed towards Mombasa stranded at a small Somali seaside village in the Middle Shabelle province, according to local villagers.
  • More Why some Somali clans protect pirates while others do not
    11th July 2014
    Communities in Somalia protect pirates when they have no better source of income, sometimes switching back to taxing legitimate trade when economic conditions improve, argues a new report.
  • More UK economy heavily exposed to Nigerian piracy
    9th July 2014
    A lack of security off the coast of Nigeria threatens seafarers as well as the UK economy, according to a UK Chamber of Shipping study.
  • More Indian Ocean Rim Association meets in Durban
    7th July 2014
    The economic importance of the Indian Ocean came under the spotlight in Durban when the Australian High Commission jointly hosted a seminar on strengthening maritime security co-operation.
  • More Nigerian Port Facility Security Officers call for more alertness against terrorism
    3rd July 2014
    Port Facility Security Officers (PFSO) of the Lagos Maritime Security (LMS) zone have called on stakeholders to be more security conscious with a view to curbing possible attacks at ports.
  • More The use of Nigerian Navy and Police in private maritime security roles
    1st July 2014
    Fundamentally, the problem is that, while legislation and capability exist, the patchy enforcement of the applicable laws encourages ship operators, agents, mid-ranking military personnel and private security providers to search for “alternatives” which tend to emphasise practicality over legality.
  • More The regulatory and cost pressures facing private maritime security
    1st July 2014
    The growth in use of the ISO/PAS 28007 standard is a sign of maturity for the maritime security sector providing a benchmark against which individual private maritime security companies (PMSCs) can be judged.
  • More Sea transportation piracy moves away from Somalia
    27th June 2014
    While a decade long international effort to suppress Somali piracy has succeeded, there has been a huge increase in piracy elsewhere. In the Straits of Malacca there has been a seven-fold increase since 2009 and off Nigeria there has been a similar increase.
  • More Lessons learned from the Gulf of Aden operations
    24th June 2014
    How should maritime piracy in the Gulf of Aden be dealt with once NATO and the EU end their missions there? According to a recent Security and Defence Agenda debate, policymakers need to apply a comprehensive ‘root causes’ approach to the problem.
  • More Nigeria pledges money to International Maritime Organisation
    24th June 2014
    Nigeria has pledged money to two different funds created by the global maritime watchdog, the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
  • More US Counter Piracy and Maritime Security Action Plan 2014 Horn of Africa and Gulf of Guinea
    21st June 2014
    The United States Counter Piracy and Maritime Security Action Plan 2014 includes annexures on Horn of Africa and Gulf of Guinea
  • More EU Shipowners call for more action on piracy and streamlining of port security measures
    19th June 2014
    European shipowners are calling for the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to endorse a joint European Commission/European External Action Service (EC/EEAS) Communication, which outlines global actions to safeguard maritime security.
  • More African Maritime Domain Can regional states ensure a stable regime in the Indian Ocean Region
    17th June 2014
    The unstable and fragile political regimes of many of the African littoral countries in the Indian Ocean Region compound the problems of managing their maritime domains.
  • More Nigeria bans armed guards on merchant vessels
    17th June 2014
    The latest security advisory for Nigeria issued by the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) effectively renders the use of armed guards commercially placed on merchant vessels illegal and is highly likely to have major repercussions for the ship owner and the charterer should they be caught with unauthorised armed police or marine police on board.
  • More USCG advises with respect to Nigerian ports
    16th June 2014
    The Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard (USCG) have imposed Conditions of Entry for vessels arriving in the United States following calls at certain Nigerian ports. This policy will become effective from 26 June 2014.
  • More Piracy still a key issue for the International Chamber of Shipping
    13th June 2014
    The International Chamber of Shipping 2014 Annual Review includes maintaining vigilance against piracy as a key issue.
  • More UNOSAT Global Report on Maritime Piracy a geospatial analysis 1995 to 2013
    13th June 2014
    Following a five year engagement by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to conduct applied research and geospatial analysis on piracy activities, this report constitutes the first global geospatial analysis on the issue.
  • More The green threat to oil rig security
    13th June 2014
    An oil rig in the Barents Sea was boarded by Greenpeace activists stopping drilling for 89 hours at an estimated cost of $1.26 million.
  • More Port Security and Technology TWIC and Container Scanning
    11th June 2014
    A Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) hearing on port security raises questions about both TWIC and container scanning. Both technologies work; they are proven and should be implemented – as soon as is possible.
  • More Kidnap and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
    11th June 2014
    Many people believe that the pirates operating off the West Coast of Africa have a better business model than their more famous and visible counterparts on the East Coast.
  • More Ghana coast under threat from pirates says maritime expert
    9th June 2014
    An expert in Maritime Laws and Security says the Liberia-flagged oil tanker which was hijacked off the coast of Ghana should alert the nation’s maritime authorities to increase security in Ghana’s territorial waters to stop piracy.
  • More Technological solutions with lessons learned from counter piracy off the Horn of Africa
    5th June 2014
    The fight against Somali piracy has sparked a range of interesting innovations of how the international community approaches an international problem.
  • More New regional structure for Djibouti Code of Conduct implementation
    2nd June 2014
    Ministers from participating States in the Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden (the Djibouti Code of Conduct) have recognized the need to develop a mechanism for the region to run its own counter-piracy agenda, following the successful implementation by IMO of numerous projects aimed at improving regional capacity to counter piracy by developing enhanced regional cooperation and coordination.
  • More Zero zero target only half the piracy story
    30th May 2014
    The zero zero target of zero pirate attacks and zero seafarer hostages, of agencies supporting capacity building and the eradication of piracy in Somalia, does not ensure the end of piracy, shipping interests have pointed out.
  • More EUCAP Nestor concludes first basic training course for Somali Coast Guards and Port Police
    29th May 2014
    Today the EU’s maritime capacity building mission in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean, EUCAP Nestor, celebrated together with its Somali and Djiboutian partners the successful completion of the first basic training provided to 20 members of Galmudug Coast Guard and 30 members of Bosaso Port Police.
  • More Liberia concludes Kerala pirate-hijacking investigation
    29th May 2014
    The Liberian Registry has concluded its investigation into the pirate-hijacking of the product tanker Kerala off Luanda, Angola, on 18th January this year.
  • More Maritime security operatives facing increasing criminalisation
    29th May 2014
    Concerns are being raised across the maritime security industry over the increasing criminalisation of security operatives.
  • More Facts and figures about Private Maritime Security Companies
    28th May 2014
    Armed guards embarked on merchant vessels are a very recent development. By and large, however, they have been very successful and private maritime security companies could even expand their services in the future.
  • More Sharp rise in maritime security staff screenings
    28th May 2014
    Maritime security companies in the UK have stepped up drug and alcohol screening of their staff in the wake of the Maersk Alabama tragedy earlier this year.
  • More Videotel adds Working with Maritime Security Guards
    22nd May 2014
    Videotel has made a new addition to its armoury of training materials with the creation of a brand new program – Working with Maritime Security Guards – which has been developed in conjunction with the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) and BIMCO.
  • More Interpretation of ISPS Clauses
    21st May 2014
    The ISPS Code is a very important part of both maritime legislation and practical security. The focus on compliance goes beyond crew training and ship board drills, it is also important for chartering teams to understand what the Code means and how clauses dealing with it can impact contractual relationships.
  • More Sea Transportation Fighting Piracy Pays Off
    20th May 2014
    The sharp reduction in pirate activity off the Somali coast since 2010 has cut the annual cost (for anti-piracy measures) to shipping companies in half (to about $3 billion). That is a huge relief to the shipping companies, the sailors on those ships and the people of East Africa who saw imports get a bit more expensive to pay for the increased security costs.
  • More UK declares strategy for maritime security
    19th May 2014
    The strategy released by the Ministry of Defence, outlines, for the first time, the UK’s approach to delivering maritime security at home and internationally, setting out how the UK organises and uses its extensive national capabilities to identify, assess and address maritime security challenges.
  • More No Time for Complacency on Piracy
    15th May 2014
    There is evidence that the piracy business model has been fractured. However, it is far from broken yet. And the root causes of piracy need to be addressed: while the symptoms occur at sea, the origin of the problem is on land. Piracy remains a complex issue fuelled by weak rule of law, instability and poverty. So the counter-piracy effort of the international community must continue. This week the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia meets under the chairmanship of the European Union for its sixteenth plenary session at the UN Headquarters in New York.
  • More Somali pirate gets 41 years for attack on US Navy ship
    15th May 2014
    A federal judge Wednesday sentenced a Somali pirate to 41 years in prison after rejecting a prosecutor's call for a mandatory life term.
  • More Port security going geospatial but cyber security remains a hurdle
    14th May 2014
    Geospatial systems are becoming a keenly valued capability for port security measures, wherein security teams have found an advantage in advanced surveillance and tracking of the immediate area.
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