Maritime Security Updates Archive

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  • 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.
  • 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
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