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  • Kenya tightens surveillance around Mombasa port
    26th August 2013
    The Kenyan Ports Authority (KPA) says it has installed more than 400 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras as part of an electronic surveillance fence around the port of Mombasa as it moves to tighten security around ports nationwide. http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31671:kenya-tightens-surveillance-around-mombasa-port&catid=108:maritime-security&Itemid=233
  • Nigeria: FG orders shutdown of port facilities with security challenges
    26th August 2013
    The Federal Government has ordered that any port and terminal facility across the country having security deficiencies be shut down following the arrival of officials of the United States Coast Guard in Nigeria to carry out security audits on Nigerian ports. http://allafrica.com/stories/201308260428.html
  • US ultimatum on ISPS Code: NIMASA claims progress
    22nd August 2013
    The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) said it has made some progresses as the new Designated Authority (DA) for International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code implementation in Nigeria. It said the effective implementation of ISPS Code will involve a continuous year to year inspection of port facilities in order to meet up with the required standard, as against an ad-hoc fire brigade exercise. http://www.worldstagegroup.com/worldstagenew/index.php?active=news&newscid=10283&catid=35
  • EUCAP Nestor Senior Maritime Security Course
    22nd August 2013
    On Sunday 18 August, fourteen participants along with several EUCAP Nestor trainers boarded the Dutch EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Flagship HNLMS Johan de Witt in Djibouti, to embark for a one week’s training course on Maritime Security. http://www.marsecreview.com/2013/08/eucap-nestor-maritime-security-course-begins/
  • Nigeria hosts first African Conference on Offshore Patrol
    21st August 2013
    Nigeria will host other African countries from August 27-29, 2013 in Lagos for the first Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) Conference, which will bring together various stakeholders who have a role to play in the multi-lateral approach to increasing maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea. http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nigeria-hosts-first-african-conference-on-offshore-patrol/156810/
  • UN Security Council urges comprehensive approach to counter-piracy in Gulf of Guinea
    15th August 2013
    The Security Council called for a comprehensive regional approach to combat the threat of piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea and reiterated its call on Member States to prosecute perpetrators in accordance with international laws. http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/UN-Security-Council-Urges-Comprehensive-Approach-to-CounterPiracy-in-Gulf-of-Guinea-2013-08-15/
  • Maritime Security Regulation: UK gives go ahead for floating armouries
    8th August 2013
    THE UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills has issued 50 licences for floating armouries operating in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/regulation/article427433.ece
  • Foiled port attack strengthens maritime security threat to shipping off Yemeni coast
    7th August 2013
    PLANS to blow up pipelines and take control of at least two ports in the south of Yemen have been thwarted by local authorities, but the incidents further indicate that all shipowners should take this threat extremely seriously, says BIMCO chief security officer Giles Noakes. http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ports-and-logistics/article427373.ece
  • UK shipping warned of ‘imminent’ maritime security risk off Yemen
    6th August 2013
    A major UK-flagged shipowner has confirmed the UK Department for Transport has raised the International Ship and Port Facility Security threat for British shipping off the coast of Yemen to level three. A level three threat is “exceptional”, suggesting a “probable or imminent risk" of a security incident. http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/sector/ship-operations/article427300.ece
  • 100 Series Rules: International Model Set of Maritime Rules for the Use of Force – An Update
    6th August 2013
    Over the past two years, the 100 Series Rules have been conceived, researched, drafted and finally published in soft-copy form as of May 3, 2013 as a first edition. They are a first for the commercial maritime industry and go one step further than simple guidance for the drafting Rules for the Use of Force (RUF) and guidance as to where responsibility lies for producing RUF as an inclusive part of a commercial contract. http://piracy-law.com/2013/08/06/the-100-series-rules-an-international-model-set-of-maritime-rules-for-the-use-of-force-an-update/?goback=%2Egde_1783225_member_263729723
  • Piracy and Theft of Oil Soars as Nigerian Navy Gets Tough
    5th August 2013
    The Chief of Naval Staff of Nigerian, reacting to the crisis of piracy and oil theft in the Gulf of Guinea, has convened an international maritime security conference on 27-29 August in Lagos to deliberate solutions and outline future plans to bring maritime security to the region. http://www.marsecreview.com/2013/08/piracy-and-oil-theft-nigerian-navy-gets-tough/?goback=%2Egde_75284_member_263473632
  • Maritime Security: West African port offers anchorage piracy protection
    28th July 2013
    The head of Benin Army and Navy has issued an official note to express the commitment of Benin Government to secure Benin waters against sea crime. http://www.marinelink.com/news/protection-anchorage357025.aspx
  • Maritime Security: Pirates release oil tanker hijacked off West Africa
    22nd July 2013
    (Reuters) - Pirates have released an oil products tanker and its 24 Indian crew after it was hijacked off the Gabon coast last week, the vessel's operator said on Monday, in the most southerly attack yet off the coast of West Africa. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/22/us-ship-pirates-westafrica-idUSBRE96L0EZ20130722
  • Shipping Registries and Piracy Response by Barry Parker
    22nd July 2013
    International shipping registries have continued to sharpen their aim taken at a longstanding maritime problem: What is the appropriate response to piracy? As attacks have shifted from Somalia to West Africa, the issue remains at top of mind. Armed guards have proven to be a successful deterrent against attacks. Ship finance and registry lawyer Brad Berman, a Partner at Holland & Knight (H&K), sums up a sea change in views over the past year in views about guns aboard ships, telling Maritime Reporter: “A few years ago most of the shipping industry was against having weapons aboard, with strong objections from some of the national registries. Generally, the open registry system had already begun to accept armed guards.” http://www.marinelink.com/news/registries-shipping356825.aspx
  • USCG indicts Nigeria over International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) confusion by Godwin O
    22nd July 2013
    The United States Coast Guard has indicted the Nigerian government over the confusion at the nation’s ports, as to who has the authority to implement the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code in the country among the various government agencies. This is coming as the 90 days ultimatum on port security issued by the United States government to Nigeria expires in about two weeks. The United States Coast Guard is again set for another visit with a view to auditing the level of Nigeria’s compliance with the ISPS Code. The US Coast Guard team is expected in Nigeria on the 26th of August just as plans to receive them have been concluded. http://www.codewit.com/business-news/9806-us-coast-guard-indicts-nigeria-govt-over-confusion-at-international-ship-and-port-facility-security-isps
  • The Reasons Behind The Historic Maritime Security Step By ECOWAS, ECCAS AND GGC
    20th July 2013
    THE multilateral maritime security collaboration by states in the huge maritime belt known as the Gulf of Guinea is correctly seen as a major statement by the 25 countries contiguous to the area to wrest it from the asphyxiating grip of non state actors. http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php/world-news/127666-the-multilateral-collaboration-to-save-the-gulf-of-guinea
  • Pirate Kidnappings Surge in the Gulf of Guinea by Bloomberg
    15th July 2013
    Kidnappings of sailors on merchant ships in waters off Nigeria and nearby countries surged in the first half as pirates attacked a broader range of vessels and sought targets farther out at sea. Pirates operating in the Gulf of Guinea kidnapped 30 crew in the period, compared with three seized worldwide in the first six months of 2012, the International Maritime Bureau, a London- based group tracking sea crime, said in a report today. Attackers previously tended to seek out ships involved in the regional oil industry, but are now targeting container ships and other merchant vessels, it said httpgcaptaincomgulfofguineakidnappingsofmerchantsailors
  • Coastal waters: plan for single African policy by John Yeld
    15th July 2013
    Cape Town - The dream of a United States of Africa may be politically unobtainable, but African leaders are looking seriously at a second prize: an integrated maritime domain around the continent. Such a domain would include an exclusive economic zone that would be key to the development of a sustainable “blue economy” for the continent. Today, each country with a coastline manages its 200 nautical mile zone, where it has full fishing and gas and mineral exploitation rights Speaking at a symposium at UCT this week, Professor Patrick Vrancken of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, said this vision was contained in the 2050 African Integrated Maritime Strategy presented to the second conference of African ministers responsible for maritime-related affairs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in December. httpwwwiolcozascitechscienceenvironmentcoastalwatersplanforsingleafricanpolicy1154
  • SAMI on PCASP Maritime Security Standards
    2nd July 2013
    A hotly debated subject for some time, the use of privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) deployed onboard ship has given impetus to those who seek to demonstrate to the international community that they and the operatives they supply are of the right quality to legally, safely and effectively guard commercial shipping on the high seas. The development of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/PAS 28007 will not necessarily eliminate other national accreditation requirements, but it will hopefully reduce the extent to which ship owners, managers and operators continue to conduct their own forms of due diligence. http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/SAMI-on-PCASP-Maritime-Security-Standards-2013-07-02/
  • Counter Piracy and the flap about Floating Armories by John A C Cartner http://www.piracydaily.com/
    1st July 2013
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  • New West and Central Africa Piracy and Maritime Law Enforcement Code Adopted
    26th June 2013
    IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has welcomed the signature by 22 States of the Code of Conduct concerning the prevention of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in west and central Africa. (http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/New-West-and-Central-Africa-Piracy-and-Maritime-Law-Enforcement-Code-Adopted-2013-06-26/
  • Human Cost of Piracy Report 2013 Published safety4seacom
    19th June 2013
    A report highlighting latest details of the human cost of maritime piracy was released in London on 18 June 2013. This updated report studies not only the human cost of Somali Piracy, but also, for the first time, examines the threat of piracy to seafarers in the waters off West Africa.
  • More PORTS SECURITY: US gives Nigeria 90-day ultimatum
    10th June 2013
    LAGOS - The United States Government, through its Embassy in Lagos, has cautioned the Federal Government to improve on its ports security system within 90 days or face the stoppage of sail of vessels to Nigeria.
  • More African approaches to Maritime Security
    8th June 2013
    Maritime experts from West, East and Southern Africa gathered at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 7 and 8 May to deliberate on the state of African maritime security. SADSEM (Southern African Defence and Security Management Network
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