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  • More Nigeria still a risky place for shipping says IMB Piracy Report for January to September 2017
    19th October 2017
    A total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime piracy.
  • More Libyan Port of Benghazi reopened on 1 October 2017
    2nd October 2017
    Even though the working ports are now considered safe for ships and crew, maritime insurance company Gard cautioned ships’ crews to remain vigilant as the situation in Libyan territorial waters remains volatile.
    6th September 2017
    Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandeb have highlighted the risks associated with transiting these waters. The multiple types of risks and the broad expanse of ocean on which these attacks can occur dictate that Naval Forces must be used in the most efficient manner possible. To assist in this, CMF is establishing a Maritime Security Transit Corridor (MSTC).
  • More Med migrant crisis and Defend Europe
    8th August 2017
    The line between maritime human trafficking and a flow of refugees at sea has been blurred. In response to the ongoing migrant wave, the group Defend Europe recently raised enough money to charter a 422-ton ship, the C-Star, to convey a team of its activists to Libya.
  • More Guidance on transits through the Bab El Mandeb and Associated Waters
    8th August 2017
    UKMTO operating from Dubai, has issued an advisory following information from the UK Government relating to ship transits through the Bab El Mandeb (BeM) and associated waters. This UKMTO Notice 001 August /2017 replaces previous guidance UKMTO Notice 001 July 2017 (which refers to CMF advice dated 16 July 2017) and UKMTO Notice 002 July 2017.
  • More New security warning for Gulf of Aden region
    17th July 2017
    New advice from Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) issued yesterday says that recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb have highlighted there are still risks associated with transits through these waters.
  • More Lome Charter on African maritime security next steps
    16th July 2017
    The African Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development in Africa (the Lomé Charter) is the outcome of the African Union Extraordinary Summit held in Lomé, Togo in October 2016. The idea of the Lomé special session was to build up on the results of previous summits held in Yaoundé (June 2013) and the Seychelles (February 2015) and to take the African blue economy and maritime security agendas forward.
  • More Piracy in the Indian Ocean
    8th July 2017
    Following the hijacking of the Aris 13 in March, the first merchant vessel to be taken by pirates operating from Somalia since May 2012, at least half a dozen further instances of attacks have been reported in its coastal waters.
  • More IMO approves further interim guidance on privately contracted armed security personnel
    30th June 2017
    The carriage of firearms on board merchant ships is a complex legal issue with IMO Member States taking diverse positions. Given the truly global nature of the shipping industry with many stakeholders, shipping benefits from harmonization of procedures, adoption of common minimum standards and clarity with respect to national legal regimes, which represents the core of the IMO's work.
  • More Understanding motivations for Somali piracy
    27th June 2017
    Following primary research recently conducted at Montagne Posse Prison, Seychelles, little has changed behind the drivers to commit maritime crime. To prevent piracy, a more nuanced approach to understanding the behaviour might be key to a solution.
  • More Yemen war adds to rising fears for ships in Horn of Africa
    9th May 2017
    Yemen’s worsening conflict is contributing to a spike in piracy in the region, with Somali pirates taking advantage of a reduced international naval presence and more readily available weaponry to carry out attacks.
  • More Declining vigilance threatens return of Somali piracy says Oceans Beyond Piracy 2016 Annual Report
    1st May 2017
    Despite reduced pirate activity off the western Indian Ocean in recent years, the pirate networks responsible for the original Somali piracy crisis have sustained themselves through small-scale attacks and involvement in an various maritime crimes, the piracy watchdog Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) said in its annual report released Monday.
  • More Fighting Somali piracy next steps
    27th March 2017
    Piracy problems are just the tip of the iceberg of Africa’s maritime security challenges.
  • More Somali pirates release hijacked ship without ransom
    17th March 2017
    Somali pirates released a hijacked oil tanker and eight Sri Lankan crew on Thursday, a Somali security official and the pirates said, bringing the first hijacking since 2012 to an unusually swift conclusion without the payment of a ransom.
  • More Fighting rising piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
    3rd March 2017
    Strategies to combat piracy already exist, but countries must navigate the pitfalls that hinder implementation.
  • More Reviving the African Union Maritime Strategy
    1st March 2017
    Despite having drawn up several key maritime strategies, the African Union (AU) is failing to implement them owing to lack of resources and expertise. This inertia must change in 2017, else the AU risks marginalising maritime security work.
  • More Piracy agreement to cover other illicit activity
    13th January 2017
    The Djibouti Code of Conduct has seen its scope significantly broadened to cover other illicit maritime activities, including human trafficking and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
  • More Leading experts at BIMCO Seminar say maritime crime increasing
    15th December 2016
    Industry security experts have concluded that maritime crime will not be stopped any time soon – and that cyber incidents would continue to expand in frequency and severity. This was the consensus at BIMCO’s first ever Maritime Security Seminar in Copenhagen yesterday.
  • More New research project investigates maritime security capacity building in the Western Indian Ocean
    29th November 2016
    A new research project hosted by Politics and International Relations academics and Cardiff University’s Crime and Security Research Institute will study lessons from maritime security capacity building in the Western Indian Ocean.
  • More NATO ends anti piracy mission in Indian Ocean
    25th November 2016
    NATO has ended Operation Ocean Shield after a sharp drop-off in attacks by Somali pirates.
  • More EU extends counter piracy operation until 2018
    25th November 2016
    On 25 November 2016, the European Council extended Operation Atalanta’s mandate to deter, disrupt and repress acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia, until 31 December 2018.
  • More International Chamber of Shipping Annual Review 2016 addresses preventing piracy
    14th November 2016
    The International Chamber of Shipping Annual Review 2016 addresses preventing piracy on pages 36 and 37.
  • More Ships more at risk after first Somali pirate attack in years
    8th November 2016
    Merchant vessels sailing through busy shipping lanes between Somalia and Yemen may be underestimating the risk of piracy and terrorism following two attempted attacks last month, maritime officials say.
  • More African leaders adopt Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development
    17th October 2016
    The African Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development aims to solidify Africa’s commitment to an efficient and effective management of its oceans, seas and waterways so as to ensure sustainable, equitable and beneficial exploration of these critical resources.
  • More Maritime Safety, Security and Development in Africa
    10th October 2016
    Africa boasts of an abundance of natural resources, in particular aquatic and marine resources, with a potential that has not yet been fully tapped in the context of economic growth and sustainable development.
  • More Boosting maritime security in Cameroon
    9th September 2016
    An International Maritime Organization (IMO)-led maritime security table top exercise took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 6 to 8 September for participants from a range of government departments and national agencies, including the Maritime Authority.
  • More Safeguarding Africa's seaports to safeguard its economies
    26th July 2016
    Despite their strategic importance, many African ports are easily accessible to criminals and susceptible to various threats.
  • More Namibia President has opened first Naval Academy
    25th July 2016
    Namibia officially opened its first naval school in a move to deal with threats to national security.
  • More Good preparation is essential to effective kidnap response management
    12th July 2016
    Stuart Edmonston, Head of Loss Prevention at UK P&I Club, together with Hellenic War Risks and Terra Firma Risk Management, highlights the importance of preparation in kidnap response management for shipping companies operating in West Africa.
  • More Maritime piracy more sophisticated and prevalent around Gulf of Guinea
    4th July 2016
    While the matter of maritime piracy has seemingly subdued from its high profile peaks of a few years ago, Stuart Edmonston, Head of Loss Prevention at UK P&I Club, together with Hellenic War Risks and Terra Firma Risk Management, highlight the growth of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and considers the reasons behind the rise in kidnaps for ransom.
  • More Updated Maritime Security Chart for West Africa
    21st June 2016
    An maritime security chart dated 14 June 2016 for West Africa is available
  • More Gulf of Guinea Piracy Reporting Centre
    18th June 2016
    The new FR/UK Centre, called Marine Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea (MDAT-GoG), will commence operations at 0800 GMT on 20th June 2016.
  • More Ship detained after launching drone in Suez Canal
    14th June 2016
    A recent incident involving a drone in the Suez Canal is causing a marine insurance company to warn over their usage onboard vessels.
  • More Shipping cost to Nigeria increases 60 percent as pirate attacks continue
    28th May 2016
    Cost of shipping goods to Nigeria has increased rapidly due to rising pirates’ attacks on vessels and crew on Nigerian territorial waters.
  • More Chevron shuts platform off Nigeria after attack
    6th May 2016
    Unidentified attackers struck a Chevron Corp. platform off the Nigerian coast this past week, causing an oil spill and forcing the company to shut the facility.
  • More Nigerian Chief of Naval Staff tasks maritime security partners
    29th April 2016
    The Chief of the Naval Staff has tasked companies providing security for oil exploration companies operating in the Niger Delta to support the efforts of the Nigerian Navy in tackling crimes on waterways. He said the private security companies which are partners with the Nigerian Navy, have critical roles to play in the security of our maritime environment.
  • More Piracy and maritime crime costing Nigeria USD1.5 bn a month
    26th April 2016
    Nigeria is losing about USD 1.5 billion a month due to piracy, armed robbery at sea, smuggling, and fuel supply fraud as piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea increase at an alarming rate, the UN Security Council was told at a debate on Monday.
  • More Six pirate attacks in 24 Hours off Nigeria with two crew kidnapped
    20th April 2016
    Two crew members of an offshore supply vessel were kidnapped by pirates while their ship was underway around 97 nautical miles south west of Brass, Nigeria.
  • More Maritime exercise focuses on non state actors
    14th April 2016
    Naval forces of 34 countries are focusing on maritime threats from non state terrorist groups like al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and even the Houthi rebels in Yemen during the largest maritime exercise in the world.
  • More Training toward Greater Maritime Security
    7th April 2016
    Extensive maritime security training involving countries operating under the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCoC) has taking place from March 20-April 7 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • More NIMASA raises alarm over frequent pirates' attacks on ships
    1st April 2016
    The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has raised alarm over what it termed "persistent pirates' attacks on ships within the country's waterways." The agency said it would push for quick passage of the Anti-Piracy Laws presently before the National Assembly, as a way of combating the situation.
  • More ISWAN welcomes jailing of pirate kingpin
    17th March 2016
    ISWAN welcomes the news of the jailing of Somali pirate kingpin Mohamed Abdi Hassan in Belgium for 20 years for the hijacking of the Pompei, a Belgian flagged ship captured by pirates in April 2009. Two other Somali pirates are in jail in connection with the abduction of same ship, sentenced to nine and ten years.
  • More HMAS Darwin seizes large weapons cache
    6th March 2016
    Operating as part of Combined Task Force 150, Australian ship HMAS Darwin has uncovered and seized a large weapons cache following the boarding of a small fishing style vessel in the Middle East.
  • More Incident Report on MT Maximus hijacked south of Ivory Coast in the Gulf of Guinea
    24th February 2016
    The Dryad Maritime report illustrates the uncertainty surrounding maritime security issues in the Gulf of guinea in 2016; coming fast on the release of Dryad’s annual crime statistics which had shown a lull in attacks offshore West Africa.
  • More Maritime security threatens cargo movement in Gulf of Guinea
    10th February 2016
    Though, many pirate attacks taking place in Nigerian territorial waters and other parts of Gulf of Guinea (GG) are hidden from the public domain, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in its recent report has rated Nigeria as a hotspot for violent attacks and armed robbery at sea.
  • More Pirates try to hijack Maersk container ship
    8th February 2016
    The Nigerian Navy has prevented a group of pirates from hijacking the 28,844 dwt containership Safmarine Kuramo carrying 25 crew members on February 5 off Nigeria, Maersk Line confirmed to World Maritime News
  • More Dutch MPs urged to approve armed guards on board ships
    8th February 2016
    UK-based global trade union Nautilus International has joined the Royal Association of Dutch Shipowners and 14 other organisations from the maritime cluster to urge Dutch MPs to give the long-awaited go-ahead to the carriage of private armed guards on Dutch-flagged ships.
  • More Beyond piracy what next for African maritime security
    8th February 2016
    Since 2012, there has been an annual decline in the total number of reported attempted and actual attacks in the region. The decline has led to calls for reforms to four key international counter-piracy institutions in the new ‘post-piracy’ environment.
  • More Pirates chase car carrier off Nigeria in first reported attack of 2016 in West Africa
    22nd January 2016
    A gang of pirates chased and fired at a car carrier off the coast of Nigeria this week in what is believed to be the first pirate attack in the region in 2016.
  • More While Somali piracy is in remission, other threats are multiplying
    8th January 2016
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) recently sponsored a maritime security conference that provided participants with an update on piracy and other threats to shipping.
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