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Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Somalia Signs on to Combat Piracy

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Somalia has become the latest to sign the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct, developed and adopted by countries in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden that seeks to repress piracy and armed robbery against ships operating in the region. Adopted in January 2017, the amendment broadened the scope of the Djibouti Code, covering measures for suppressing a range of illicit activities, including piracy, arms trafficking, trafficking in narcotics, illegal trade in wildlife…

Suspected Pirates Apprehended off Somalia

Six suspected pirates and their vessels were detained following reported attacks on a containership and a fishing vessel off Somalia (Photo: EU NAVFOR Somalia)

Six suspected pirates were apprehended by the European Union’s antipiracy force off the coast of Somalia. EU NAVFOR Somalia’s flagship, the Italian vessel ITS Virginio Fasan, detained six crew and their vessels following reported attacks on a 52,000 metric ton containership and a fishing vessel over a 24 hour period on November 17 and 18 in the Southern Somali Basin. During the incidents a number of rocket propelled grenades were fired against the containership, though no damage or injuries were reported, and all crew and vessels are said to be safe.

Somalia Stakeholders Forum Reviews Maritime Code

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

​The revised Somalia Maritime Code is being finalized at a four-day Stakeholders Forum, sponsored by International Maritime Organization (IMO) (Kigali, Rwanda 12-15 July). The workshop is part of IMO’s ongoing technical assistance to the Federal Government of Somalia and regional authorities in establishing a Maritime Administration for Somalia capable of undertaking flag, port and coastal states duties in line with IMO instruments. The revised Code reflects developments in international…

EU Designates €124 Million for Security in Somalia

The EU has announced that it will provide additional support of more than €124 million to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). This new financial support by the EU will cover costs including troop allowances for all AMISOM soldiers, police and civilian components of the mission, as well as operational costs of the mission headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. This support will be critical in allowing AMISOM to continue to fulfill its United Nations Security Council mandate to carry out active peace support operations across Somalia. Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development said, “A safer and more secure environment in Somalia will benefit the Somali people and development of the country as a whole.

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 (“SeaBird”) and concluded in June 2014 with over 20,500 km lines of 2D seismic data having been acquired across a 122,000 sq km offshore evaluation area. The processing of the seismic data is expected to take until late 2014 to complete.

EU, Somalia: Maritime Security Partnership

Photo: EU NAVFOR

On 4 September 2013, off the coast of Mogadishu, the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Atalanta hosted the President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, on board the Dutch EU NAVFOR flagship, HNLMS Johan de Witt. The President, his Ministers and security commanders met with EU Special Envoy to Somalia, Michele Cervone d’Urso, the EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant and Head of Mission of EU Capacity Building Mission (EUCAP) Nestor, Etienne de Poncins. It was discussed how the different EU instruments can support the development of a comprehensive Somali Maritime Strategy.

Piracy in Somalia Still Exists

Photo: Global Security

The threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia looms large despite significant gains made against it, says Andrew McLaughlin, the Program Officer in charge of Global Maritime Security at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). He told Xinhua that in Kenyan capital Nairobi that a fragile political, economic and security situation in Somalia could provide a fertile ground for piracy to thrive. The last wave of Somalia piracy peaked in 2011 with 176 attacks. It declined to almost nothing by 2015…

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

Royal Navy Adm Leads EU Anti-Piracy Ops

According to a report from Defence News, on Dec. 8, the Royal Navy's Rear Admiral Phil Jones took charge of the EU led counter-piracy naval operation, which is to operate off the coast of Somalia. The operation, called Op Atlanta, is the European Union's first naval task force, and it has been assembled to ensure the protection of vessels of the World Food Programme delivering food aid to displaced persons in Somalia as well as protection to other vulnerable shipping off Somalia and to provide deterrence to acts of piracy by presence and surveillance. (Source: Defence News)

Anti-Piracy Efforts Must Address Root Causes

Piracy off Somalia’s coast is a symptom of wider problems ashore, and any strategy to tackle it must also deal with its root causes and strengthen regional capacity, the United Nations envoy to the country warned on Nov. 18. He noted that an increased maritime presence is helping to stabilize the situation on the sea but that the number of pirate attacks has not diminished. Between January and September, some 160 piracy incidents were reported in the East African area, with 34 ships being hijacked and more than 450 people taken hostage off the coast of Somalia, according to the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO). The IMO is steering the implementation of the Djibouti Code of Conduct…

Piracy Against Ships off Coast of Somalia

Piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Circular providing advice and guidance to owners, operators, and masters of ships that may navigate off the coast of Somalia, which has experienced a number of incidents (or attempts) of piracy and armed robbery against ships. Shipping Circular No. 7 of 2006 Source: HK Law

Cargo Ship Sinks off Somalia

A cargo ship carrying tons of coal sank off the coast of Somalia, and a rescue mission was under way to save the crew, said officials on Thursday. Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Programme, said about 20 crew members were believed to be floating in life rafts since the MV Kanaya went down on Wednesday. There was no evidence that the sinking was due to piracy, which had been a growing problem, off Somalia's coastline. Source: News24

AAIB Granted License to Operate in Somalia

William Wakeham

Regional insurance brokerage and risk management company AAIB first to be granted license to operate in Somalia as economic opportunities drive demand. Regional specialist in broking, risk management and consultancy Anglo Arab Insurance Brokers (AAIB), has broadened its footprint, within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region being the first international insurance broker to have been granted a licence to operate in Somalia. Formed in 2005 to focus exclusively on emerging markets…

IMO Council Agrees on Piracy Initiative

The IMO Council, meeting for its 98th session in London, has agreed further action to address the continuing incidence of acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships sailing in waters off the coast of Somalia and, in particular, ships carrying humanitarian aid to the country. The Council endorsed the proposal of IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon be requested to bring, once again, the piracy situation off Somalia to the attention of the UN Security Council, so that the Security Council can, in turn, request the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia to take action, as it may be deemed necessary and appropriate in the circumstances…

Security Council Urges Action Over Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

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Somalia Anti-piracy Projects Approved by UN

The United Nations Trust Fund for the Fight against Piracy approves projects in support of anti-piracy efforts in Somalia & other affected States in the region. Other affected States in the region, include Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Maldives and the Seychelles. The announcement was made in New York by United Nations Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, who chaired the Board of the Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. “The dramatic decline in pirate attacks is clear evidence of years of hard work by United Nations Member States, international and regional organizations, and actors in the shipping industry,” said Mr. Zerihoun.

A Helping Intitiative Aimed to Curb Somalia Piracy

Shell, BP, Maersk, Stena & Japanese shipping companies NYK, MOL and “K” Line support job creation & capacity building projects in Somalia. This collaboration between many in the shipping industry and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) is the first step in an initiative, launched in February 2012, designed to make a contribution to the rebuilding of a stable Somalia and thus reduce the risk of piracy to seafarers in the Indian Ocean. Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President Shell Shipping said: “The safety of seafarers is the priority of all of us involved in this maritime industry led initiative. The UNDP has been selected because…

IMO Assembly Issues Renewed Call for Action on Piracy off Somalia

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SOS: Laments Somalia Findings Ignore Seafarer Hardships

SOS SaveOurSeafarers welcomes piracy conclusions of Somalia Conference but disappointed that seafarers not mentioned. SOS SaveOurSeafarers welcomes the London Conference on Somalia which was attended by 55 delegations from Somalia and the international community, and willingly supports its focus on unifying the international community in its coordinated support to Somalia, in the hope that a new era of Somali politics, supported by the international community, will bring peace to Somalia. SOS thanks the UK Prime Minister for urging delegates to “keep up the pressure on pirates”.

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. That’s one of the key conclusions of the second high level meeting of public and private sector experts on Somalia brought together by DP World and knowledge partner the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) in Dubai under the theme ‘Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Opportunities…

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. The resolution, adopted by the 15-member council with 13 votes in favor, approves the use of "all necessary measures" - diplomatic code for military force - to carry out such inspections. The council imposed an arms embargo on Somalia in 1992 to cut the flow of arms to feuding warlords…

Specialized Somali Courts for Pirates Considered

Recognizing the need for further steps to boost anti-piracy efforts, the Security Council decided to urgently consider the establishment of specialized Somali courts to try suspected pirates both in the Somalia and in the region. The Council also urged both State and non-State actors affected by piracy, most notably the international shipping community, to provide support for a host of judicial- and detention-related projects through the trust fund set up for that purpose. In its unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member Council stressed the need for “a comprehensive response to tackle piracy and its underlying causes by the international community,” as it outlined a wide array of measures to more effectively counter the scourge of piracy.

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. The resolution, adopted by the 15-member council with 13 votes in favor, approves the use of "all necessary measures" - diplomatic code for military force - to carry out such inspections. The council imposed an arms embargo on Somalia in 1992 to cut the flow of arms to feuding warlords, who ousted dictator Mohamed Siad Barre and plunged the country into civil war. The Security Council then banned charcoal exports from Somalia in February 2012 in a bid to cut off funds for al Shabaab…

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