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MarAd Issues Advisory on Piracy

The US Maritime Administration (MarAd) issued an advisory to operators of US-flag and effective US-controlled vessels warning of increased activity by pirates in waters off the east coast of Somalia. Pirates have recently launched armed attacks on merchant ships up to 190 nautical miles off Somalia. Mariners in the vicinity of Somalia are advised to maintain as much distance as reasonably possible off the coast and to be vigilant for approaches by pirate vessels. Source: HK Law


Somali Counter-piracy Offensive Paying Off

Piracy off the Somali Coast falls to lowest levels in years as result of tough measures on land & at sea. As Kenyan Defense Forces continue to weaken Al-Shabaab on the ground in Somalia, new reports indicates Somali pirates off the coast have similarly been weakened this year. According to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Center, “The number of ships signaling attacks by Somali pirates has fallen this year [2012] to its lowest since 2009


Pirates Attack More Ships off Somalia

Reuters has reported that Somali pirates attacked five more ships this week after a failed attempt to seize a luxury liner, in a sharp rise of banditry apparently directed by a mysterious "mother ship" prowling the Indian Ocean. Most vessels escaped, but one was commandeered, bringing to nine the number of vessels being held captive along with their crews by pirates working the lawless southern section of the failed state's coastline, Africa's longest.


IMO's Philippine Representative Calls for Seafarer Piracy Protection

The Philippine government has urged shipping companies & governments to ensure full protection of Filipino seafarers against pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia Philippine Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ambassador Enrique Manalo said "the duty of the crew is to safely operate the ships which carry 80 percent of global trade. It is in turn the responsibility of shipping companies and Flag States to protect them from the scourge of piracy


Denmark Announces New Antipiracy Strategy

Martin Lidegaard (Photo by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark)

The Danish government on Thursday announced a new three-year strategy for combatting piracy and armed robbery at sea.  The Danish Foreign Ministry said that that the nation will expand its scanning into the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria. It still sees a focus on piracy off Somalia but will also target areas off West Africa where Denmark is said to have maritime interests.   “With this strategy


Japan-EU Ties for Anti-Piracy

Image by European External Action Service

 Japan and the European Union are strengthening antipiracy cooperation in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, helping an international mission to reduce the number of attacks by pirates on commercial vessels to just two in 2014 from 174 in 2011, Japan’s Jiji Press news agency reported.   The first operation took place in January 2014 when EU naval forces and Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force (MSDF) troops teamed up to capture a pirate ship


Royal Malaysian Navy thwarts pirate attack

The quick response of the Royal Malaysian Navy has helped to thwart the attempted hijacking of a vessel by Somali pirates. The ICC International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) received the distress call from the Chinese heavy lift vessel, Zhen Hua 4, which was broadcast immediately to all the naval commands in the area. The Zhen Hua 4 had been boarded by pirates who had not been able to enter the accommodation block


Hired Guns Taming Somali Coast

Many ships unwilling to wait for warship-escorted convoys now use a detachment of 4 or 5 armed guards as they transit pirate high-risk areas. At the moment there's a booming market in security guards for merchant ships plying the waters off Somalia and adjacent areas (Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, western Indian Ocean, Straits of Hormuz). An on-board security detachment will cost them about $40,000 for the short trip through pirate infested waters.


'Pirates Plunder W.Africa Oil & Gas Riches' Says Analyst

Photo credit EUNAVFOR

West Africa is experiencing a surge in piracy, with well-organised hijackers targeting the region's growing oil and gas industries, writes national security expert Dr James Jay Carafano in 'World Review'. Extracts by permission of 'World Review' follow: Although efforts to combat crime at sea have been having an impact - for example hijackings off Somalia fell by half in 2012 compared with 2011 with only 14 ships successfully boarded - the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reports a sharp


Armed Guards Allowed aboard French, Japanese Ships

Gerry Northwood (left) and Nick Davis

In response to the ongoing threat of piracy in shipping, France and Japan are allowing armed guards on their ships, said U.K. maritime security company GoAGT. Gerry Northwood OBE, Chief Operating Officer for the company, said, “Countries that have not adopted these procedures yet should do so if the world’s shipping routes are to remain safe. Also, there is always the risk from international terrorists.”


Oil Tankers Run Gauntlet in Nigeria's 'Pirate Alley'

Photo: Edward Stegle

A pirate attack that killed a supertanker crewman off the coast of Nigeria this week has highlighted a growing threat off oil-rich West Africa, as vessels carrying millions of barrels of crude traverse a region that has become known as "pirate alley".  


EU Supports Somali Coast Guard

As part of the European Union’s efforts to enhance regional states’ maritime security capabilities in the Horn of Africa, on 15 March EUCAP Nestor gave six Nissan 4x4 veh (Photo: EU)

European Union (EU) missions work together to support Somali Coast Guard and to strengthen its maritime security capabilities   As part of the European Union’s efforts to enhance regional states’ maritime security capabilities in the Horn of Africa


Illegal Fishing Threatens to Revive Somali Piracy

Somali officials say foreign ships plundering fish stocks; Somali piracy greatly reduced due to security measures. A rise in illegal fishing off Somalia could spark a resurgence in piracy, United Nations and Somali fishing officials have warned


IMO Forum Aims to Rebuild Somalia's Maritime Sector

Photo: IMO

A three-day Stakeholders Forum will be held April 27-29 to review draft guidelines for the establishment of a Somalia Maritime Administration, coordinated and funded by the International Maritime organization (IMO), is being hosted by the Kenya Maritime Authority at the Sarova Whitesands Beach


Australian Warship Crew Congratulated by Minister

HMAS Darwin: Photo RAN

Australian Defence Minister David Johnston has congratulated the crew of HMAS Darwin on the seizure of 449 kg of heroin, valued at $132-million, from a smuggling dhow off the coast of Somalia. HMAS Darwin is on patrol in the Indian Ocean as part of Operation SLIPPER with the Combined Maritime


NATO Extends Somali Counter-piracy Mission to 2016

Photo: NATO

NATO has decided to extend its Indian Ocean counter-piracy mission by two years to the end of 2016, judging that piracy remains a threat despite a sharp fall in attacks, the alliance said on Wednesday. The decision was taken by NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels.


Completion Of 2D Seismic Acquisition Programme - Somalia

Courtesy Soma Oil & Gas

  Soma Oil & Gas Exploration Limited, the Somalia focused oil and gas exploration company, announced the completion of its offshore seismic acquisition programme which commenced in February 2014. The seismic acquisition programme was carried out by SeaBird Exploration


Somali Pirates Finally Release 'Albedo' Crew Hostages

Containership Albedo hostages: Photo ITF

The International Transport Federation (ITF) informs that 11 seafarers held hostage by Somali pirates for over three and a half years have finally been released, with the prospect of seeing their families once more after what is described as a 'terrible ordeal'.


Nigerian Piracy Threatens UK Interests: New Report

Maritime Security Guard: Image courtesy of SAMI

The UK economy is heavily exposed to lawlessness off the coast of Nigeria, a new report published today by the UK Chamber of Shipping says. The report found that almost all of the UK’s annual £6.3bn of trade with the region is put at risk by being moved through the high maritime crime


OP/ED: The State of Piracy

John Thompson, co-founder of Ambrey Risk

Piracy’s gone away, right? You’d be forgiven for thinking that.   The predominant narrative for the Indian Ocean is that Piracy has been suppressed to an extent that ship-owners are requesting fewer guards, even unarmed in some cases


New Phase of Antipiracy Project in Somalia

Trainees in Ely, Somalia participate in a vocational training as part of the Joint Shipping Initiative funded UNDP Alternative Livelihoods to Piracy in Puntland and Central Regions of Somalia programme. The programme has trained over 500 Somalian youths in a range of skills to equip them for a life other than piracy.

The Joint Shipping Initiative - made up of Shell, BP, Maersk, Stena and Japanese shipping companies NYK, MOL and "K" Line - has announced it has given$1.5 million of additional funds to a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) project to improve the lives of Somalis and security for


Key to Somalia's Recovery

DP World Group CEO Mohammed Sharaf

  Piracy, terrorism and criminal activities originating in Somalia can only be addressed by creating a climate of security, engagement and empowerment that will encourage home grown businesses, international investment and alternative employment for Somalia’s young people.


UN Authorizes Ship Inspections Near Somalia For Arms, Charcoal

The United Nations Security Council authorized the inspection of boats suspected of carrying illegal shipments of charcoal or weapons to and from Somalia on Friday, though Russia and Jordan abstained from the vote over concerns about the move.


UN: Ship Inspections near Somalia for Arms, Charcoal

UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

The United Nations Security Council authorized the inspection of boats suspected of carrying illegal shipments of charcoal or weapons to and from Somalia on Friday, though Russia and Jordan abstained from the vote over concerns about the move.  


Somali Pirates free Indian Sailors after 4 Years

Somali pirates have freed seven Indian sailors detained for close to four years in exchange for an undisclosed ransom, Somali officials and a maritime monitoring group said on Friday. At one time the pirates made millions of dollars in ransoms from seizing ships sailing the Horn of Africa






 
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