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  • Difficulties in forming an efficient Somali Coastguard
    14th February 2014
    Maritime Security Consultant James M. Bridger has analysed the difficulties in forming an efficient Somali Coastguard over the past years and his account and conclusions make particularly interesting reading.
  • West Africa: Kidnappers Targeting Captains and Chief Engineers
    13th February 2014
    The kidnapping of senior crew is becoming a trend in West Africa, and one which has not generally been picked up on by the media.
  • Italian warship training Mozambican Navy
    11th February 2014
    The Italian Navy vessel Borsini is in Mozambican waters for the next two months as it trains the Southern African nation’s small navy, following the signature of a maritime collaboration agreement between the two countries.
  • Australian Navy destroys massive heroin haul off the coast of Tanzania
    7th February 2014
    The Australian navy has seized and destroyed heroin estimated to have a street value of more than $700 million as part of a security mission in the Middle East. HMAS Melbourne crew found 353 kilograms of heroin during a boarding operation on a suspected drug smuggling vessel off the coast of Tanzania on February 5.
  • Forum in Cotonou to discuss transatlantic maritime criminal law
    6th February 2014
    A forum on transatlantic maritime criminal law for zone E of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) opened on Tuesday in Cotonou, a source in Benin's capital has said. The forum brings together about 50 experts from the legal sector and representatives of naval forces from Benin, Niger, Nigeria and Togo.
  • The AU’s New Maritime Strategy
    2nd February 2014
    On 31 January 2014, at the 22nd Summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, African Heads of States and Governments adopted the 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy and Plan of Action.
  • CMA CGM deploys armed guards, calls Somalia
    30th January 2014
    CMA CGM is expanding services to Somalia by extending its Middle East service Noura Express. Armed guards will be deployed on this risky service.
  • Ivory Coast rebuilds navy to ward off growing piracy threat
    29th January 2014
    Ivory Coast is adding around 40 new vessels to its navy as it confronts a growing threat from pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, the country’s defence minister said on Tuesday. Attacks on commercial vessels off the coast of oil-rich West Africa jumped by a third last year. The first known hijacking of a vessel in Ivory Coast territorial waters occurred late in 2012. Similar attacks followed.
  • Europe wants a single maritime security standard
    29th January 2014
    The European Commission wants a single standard for maritime security companies working on EU-flag ships. Speaking at SAMI's security seminar in London this afternoon, Robert Missen of the commission's Directorate General for Transport, said greater support from shipowners and the maritime industry for a single standard was required.
  • Pirates hijacked tanker off Angola, stole cargo - owners
    27th January 2014
    The Greek owners of an oil tanker that vanished off the Angolan coast on 18 January said on 26 January that pirates had hijacked the vessel and stolen a large quantity of cargo, contradicting the Angolan navy's denial that such an assault took place.
  • USCG to propose cruise ship video surveillance rules
    26th January 2014
    Nearly four years after passage of a comprehensive cruise safety law, the US Coast Guard is getting ready to propose a rule for three of the trickiest provisions in the legislation. The proposed rule, expected out in June, will outline how cruise lines can comply with a requirement in the Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act that they deploy technology for “capturing images of passengers or detecting passengers who have fallen overboard.” Also addressed in the rule will be how a cruise ship’s video surveillance system should be operated to document crimes on the ship and assist in their later prosecution.
  • Kenya jails 24 Somali pirates
    24th January 2014
    A Kenyan court sentenced 24 Somalis to seven years each in prison on 23 January 2014 for attempting to hijack an Iranian merchant vessel in the Gulf of Oman in October 2010. The men, who were arrested by the Dutch Navy working under NATO command, were handed over to Kenyan authorities because Somalia was not seen as stable enough to try them properly.
  • Nigeria: lack of prosecution powers weakens NIMASA's fight against piracy
    24th January 2014
    The absence of powers to prosecute persons arrested for perpetrating crime in Nigeria's territorial waters is hindering the anti-piracy campaign of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), its Director General, Mr. Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi has said.
  • Piracy clause amended
    23rd January 2014
    Intertanko has amended its model piracy clause to take into account security issues specific to the Gulf of Guinea. The new amendments seek to address the risk owners face when a vessel is waiting outside a port before being allocated a berth to discharge or load cargo.
  • Pirates suspected to have attacked tanker off Angola
    22nd January 2014
    A fuel tanker is suspected to have been hijacked by pirates off the coast of Angola in what would be the most southerly attack to date by pirates off West Africa.
  • First pirate attack in 2014 in the Gulf of Aden resulted in apprehension of suspects by EU Navfor
    20th January 2014
    On 18 January 2014, the French EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta flagship FS Siroco in cooperation with Japanese assets released the crew of a dhow that was suspected to have been used as pirate mother-ship. The flagship apprehended 5 suspected pirates believed to be responsible for an attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden a day earlier.
  • US dropping case against man accused of piracy
    18th January 2014
    Federal prosecutors are dropping their case against a Somali translator accused of being a pirate and playing an illegal role in the hostage siege aboard a Danish merchant ship off the coast of Somalia in 2008.
  • Somali pirate clampdown the major contributor to drop in global piracy
    16th January 2014
    Last year only 15 incidents of piracy off the Somali coast were reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), down from 75 in the previous year. “The single biggest reason for the drop in worldwide piracy is the decrease in Somali piracy off the coast of East Africa,” said Captain Pottengal Mukundan, IMB Director, whose Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) has monitored world piracy since 1991.
  • Protecting the rights of children suspected of piracy
    16th January 2014
    Moves to incorporate the rights of detained Somali children suspected of working with pirate groups into ship security standards, have received a cautious response.
  • ICS identifies lessons from Somali piracy
    13th January 2014
    The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the principal global trade association for shipowners, has issued a paper drawing upon the international shipping industry’s experience of Somali-based piracy during the period 2007 to 2013. The ICS paper can be downloaded at
  • ONI World Threat to Shipping Report 8 December 2013 to 8 January 2014
    10th January 2014
    The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has issued Worldwide Threat to Shipping Report for period 08 December 2013 - 8 January 2014.!
  • Tanzania can now prosecute piracy cases
    4th January 2014
    Offenses related to piracy will now be prosecuted in local courts, following recent settlement of legal frameworks that will facilitate fair prosecution, Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs said.
  • Germany authorises more private security firms to protect flagged fleet
    3rd January 2014
    The number of private maritime security companies authorised to protect Germany-flagged vessels has risen from two to seven, according to a media report citing the country’s Bundesamt fur Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle, known as BAFA.
  • Marine cybersecurity: is your ship safe? Are you sure?
    2nd January 2014
    There is a growing threat to marine safety, security, and environmental protection from over-reliance on electronics to accomplish operational tasks. Adopting appropriate cybersecurity measures will reduce business risks.
  • Nigeria: Naval Chief warns personnel over oil theft
    26th December 2013
    Nigerian Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Dele Eze-Oba has decried the alleged involvement of Naval men in the theft of petroleum products along the nation's coast.
  • Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia: Quarterly Update
    24th December 2013
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  • Nigerian navy boosts camera surveillance against pirates
    20th December 2013
    Nigeria's navy has installed eight automated, camera-equipped surveillance towers in the waters just off its coast, in an effort to tackle a surge in pirate attacks and crude oil theft that have blighted Africa's top energy producer this year.
  • Industry must continue security measures through Suez Canal
    16th December 2013
    Shipowners and charterers should continue to take normal precautionary security measures when transiting through the Suez Canal, said Andrew Varney, Managing Director Port2Port Maritime Security in a recent webcast discussion: “Is the Suez Canal Safe for Shipping?” with the US Journal of Commerce.
  • Niger Delta piracy falls
    10th December 2013
    Pirate activity off Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta has started to decrease compared with earlier this year, according to the latest report from Bergen Risk Solutions.
  • Maritime piracy forecast for 2014
    10th December 2013
    Even with a couple of months remaining before the final analysis of the patterns of piracy for 2013 can be finally clarified, some emerging trends are very clear.
  • Evolution and realities of piracy and illegal fishing in African Gulfs
    9th December 2013
    An interview with Vanda Felbab-Brown, senior fellow with the Centre for 21st Century Security and Intelligence in the Foreign Policy programme at Brookings.
  • No EU naval force to be sent to West Africa
    7th December 2013
    In an interview with ShippingWatch, EU-Commissioner of Transportation, Siim Kallas, reveals that a request by the European Shipowners Assosiation (ECSA) for an EU naval force operating in the Bay of Guniea will not be met.!
  • Not guilty verdict in piracy case
    27th November 2013
    A US federal jury Tuesday found a Somali man who acted as a negotiator for pirates aboard a hijacked ship not guilty of piracy, but had not yet reached a verdict on two lesser charges.
  • Somali piracy – are we at the end game?
    26th November 2013
    After initial set-backs, where the pirates seemed able to adapt and effectively counter actions taken by the international community, the response at sea finally turned the tide against the Somali pirates. Through the combined efforts of industry and navies, pirate attacks were suppressed and pirate groups were mostly deterred from launching new assaults.
  • "Maritime security must be seen as a profit culture, not an overhead"
    22nd November 2013
    Lloyd’s List’s digital roundtable on 21 November 2013 'Future security threats for shipping' brought together some of the leading experts in maritime security to debate the threat of piracy both off the east and west coasts of Africa. It also looked beyond this to discuss how the maritime security industry must evolve to meet emerging threats such as cyber attacks.
  • Security expert says ransom pay-out will prompt more West Africa attacks
    18th November 2013
    Claims by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta that a $2m ransom was paid to release two US crew last week will only encourage other groups to kidnap for ransom, C-Level Maritime Risks founder Michael Frodl has warned.
  • UN tells Somalia to pass anti-piracy laws
    18th November 2013
    The UN Security Council has unanimously called on Somalia to pass laws banning piracy and urged the east African nation to more aggressively combat pirates at sea and the crime lords on land who finance and organize their raids.
  • Nigerian versus Somali Piracy: Eight Differences You Need to Know
    18th November 2013
    Nigerian piracy is not Somali piracy. Maritime insecurity in East and West Africa are the consequences of distinct socioeconomic circumstances and have differing geopolitical ramifications. Recognizing that there is not a one-size-fits-all response to curbing the problem is a critical step in generating workable and effective solutions.!
  • Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia chairmanship passes from the United States
    15th November 2013
    The United States joined partners from over 40 countries, international organizations and the private sector in Djibouti, November 10–14, for the 15th Plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. The Plenary also marked the passing of the Contact Group chairmanship from the United States in 2013 to the European Union for 2014.
  • NATO warship apprehends suspected pirates
    11th November 2013
    On 10 November 2013 the Danish flagged vessel TORM KANSAS reported she was attacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean, but the ship’s armed security team repelled the attack. The closest NATO unit was directed to the scene. The warship’s Special Maritime Insertion Unit, supported by the embarked helicopter, launched an operation against two small craft located in the vicinity to investigate their possible involvement in the attack. The suspected pirates surrendered without resistance and are being detained aboard the warship.
  • Pirate Trails: Tracking the illicit financial flows from pirate activities off the Horn of Africa
    2nd November 2013
    Pirates off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa have made $339 million- $413 million in ransom profits, fueling a wide range of criminal activities on a global scale, a UN-backed report said.
  • Piracy update: Armed Guards, West African hijackings and Guardcon revisited
    29th October 2013
    Piracy (and more recently terrorism) remains a thorn in the side of modern shipping. With incidents in the Indian Ocean dwindling to almost nothing, focus has shifted during the past 12 months back on to West Africa, where there has been an increase in hijackings and, in particular, in Extended Duration Robberies (“EDR”) involving attacks on vessels and the theft of oil cargoes.
    28th October 2013
    Circular of the Public Security Department of the Italian Ministry of the Interior dated 19 October 2013 clarifies the conditions under which shipowners are allowed to deploy PCASPs as set out in Decree 266/2012 and provides guidance on operational procedures and Rules for the Use of Force to be adopted on board in case of pirate attack.!
  • (US) Africa Command Helps Partners Promote Maritime Security
    25th October 2013
    Capacity-building efforts being advanced by U.S. Africa Command are helping African nations confront maritime crime, including piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and events currently unfolding off the Nigerian coast, the Africom commander reported.
  • Pirates kidnap two U.S. sailors off Nigerian coast
    24th October 2013
    Pirates attacked an oil supply vessel off the Nigerian coast and kidnapped the captain and chief engineer, both U.S. citizens, American officials said on Thursday as the Nigerian military ordered its Navy to rescue the men.
  • Belgium Traps Somali Pirate Kingpin
    14th October 2013
    Belgium has arrested the suspected leader of a Somali pirate group after luring him to Brussels with promises to make a documentary about his money-making life on the high seas, prosecutors said on Monday.
  • Al-Qaeda head urges strikes in Egypt, security ramped up
    13th October 2013
    Egyptian authorities stepped up security yesterday along the Suez Canal having received information of further possible terrorist attacks.
  • Port Security that's fit for purpose
    10th October 2013
    Ports and terminals are increasingly being drawn into the purview of private maritime security companies, as such contractors seek to strengthen their links with the insurance market. Despite all the measures taken by ports over the past 11 years to comply with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, the globalised dangers are marching ever closer to home.
  • Maritime order involves more than fight against piracy
    9th October 2013
    (Though) piracy made an important contribution in raising maritime awareness in Africa in general, the debate on good order at sea is underpinned by questions about whose interests are served by the safety and security of the maritime domain and who is benefiting from good order at sea.
  • Spain tries 6 Somalis for piracy after ship attack
    7th October 2013
    Six Somalis who allegedly attacked a Spanish warship in 2012 off the coast of Somalia went on trial in the Spanish capital, with prosecutors seeking a 23-year sentence for each defendant.
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