Maritime Security Updates Archive

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  • 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.
  • Stowaways: extra precautions to be taken when calling at West African and Red Sea ports
    27th September 2013
    In the first six months of 2013 there has been a marked increase in stowaway activity from the West African ports of Tema and Takoradi in Ghana and from the Red Sea port of Djibouti, where Ethiopian and Eritrean nationals are regularly embarking on ships bound for Europe or the Far East.
  • “Corruption will make suppressing pirates very difficult in West Africa”
    26th September 2013
    By Dr John A. C. Cartner, Special to Piracy Daily: “The elephant in the room in West Africa, so to speak, and the suppression of piracy is corruption.”
    23rd September 2013
    In this sixth Web cast by Piracy Daily and Maritime TV, the focus is on the dangerous situation in the Gulf of Guinea that maritime owners, operators, and crew are all seeking to better understand as they guard against being the next victims. Possible mitigation strategies are offered by four expert analysts.
  • Stolen Nigerian crude oil
    20th September 2013
    Nigeria lost at least 100,000 barrels of oil per day, around 5% of total output, in the first quarter of 2013 to theft from its onshore and swamp operations alone, a new Chatham House report estimates
  • Benin grants permission for first PMSC to provide counter-piracy protection
    10th September 2013
    The Government of the Republic of Benin has granted AdvanFort International, Inc permission - the first given by a West Africa government - to conduct counter-piracy operations throughout Benin's waters.
  • Transnational Organised Crime in Eastern Africa: A Threat Assessment
    4th September 2013
    The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has published a Threat Assessment on Transnational Organised Crime in Eastern Africa
  • King Cole Maritime Addresses the International Ocean Institute Training Course in Ocean Governance
    4th September 2013
    Tony Cole, Director of Training King Cole Maritime, addressed Maritime Security in the Context of Ocean Governance in his presentation to the International Ocean Institute training course in Ocean Governance for Africa in Cape Town on 4 September 2013.
  • Seven Somali pirates jailed in Malaysia
    2nd September 2013
    A Malaysian court sentenced seven Somali pirates to eight to 10 years imprisonment after they pleaded guilty to shooting at Malaysian troops on board a tanker in Gulf of Aden in 2011.
  • ISPS: US Coast Guard backs NIMASA on ports security
    2nd September 2013
    The United States Coast Guard has declared that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is on the right path to the successful implementation of the International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) Code in Nigeria. The leader of the US Coast Guard team to Nigeria, Mr Tivo Romero made this declaration at a meeting with members of the ISPS Code Implementation Committee in Nigeria on Friday in Lagos during a visit to NIMASA, the Designated Authority for ISPS Code implementation in Nigeria.
  • EU to boost anti-piracy efforts in W Africa
    28th August 2013
    The European Union said Wednesday that it was preparing to increase security efforts in the Gulf of Guinea, the West African maritime region that has become a global piracy hotspot. The new measures, likely to be announced in October, will however not include sending warships to the region, a move that helped reduce pirate attacks off East Africa.
  • Ship carrying car bombs sinks by Umm Qasr port
    28th August 2013
    Dubai: Eleven days on from a car bomb that injured four at the port, an Iranian captain sank his vessel loaded with 65 car bombs at the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr before fleeing on a boat. The car bombs were bound for terrorists in Iraq. Iraqi naval forces have avoided diving to check the ship’s condition for fear of the bombs going off. A foreign firm specializing in decommissioning sea mines has been contacted to fix the problem.
  • "West African states can't fend off pirates"
    26th August 2013
    The western African states have said clearly they do not have the naval, coast guard or customs resources to deal with the piracy evident in the Gulf of Guinea.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Counter Piracy and the flap about Floating Armories by John A C Cartner
    1st July 2013
    What is the best practice for such a vessel to operate?
  • 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. (
  • 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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