Record-low hijackings yet danger persists in Gulf of Guinea, shows latest global piracy report

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A total of 156 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in the first nine months of 2018 compared to 121 for the same period in 2017.   Navy warship A total of 156 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the ICC …

02 November 2018 – Suspicious Approach,Gulf of Aden

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While sailing, the duty officer noticed a suspicious mother boat with unknown number of people on board and two skiffs with two men on board each skiff. The duty officer informed the master who activated security measures by activating the deck water spray, broadcasted the security situation through VHF Ch 16 and stationed three guards at the bridge. He commenced …

‘Maritime Security, stability prime focus of Indian Navy’: Vice Admiral Girish Luthra

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The theme this year for the Navy Day celebration today is Mission Deployed and Combat Ready. Navy Day is an annual event organised to commemorate the attack by the Indian naval vessels during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The naval officers, while briefing the media on Monday at the Indian Navy Ship (INS) Kochi in the city, said that amid the …

Maritime Security Agency to hold oil spill response exercise

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KARACHI: The ninth Barracuda (oil spill response) exercise under the aegis of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency will be held in December, MSA said in a statement. Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi, will be chief guest of the inaugural ceremony, the MSA said in its press release. The MSA holds Barracuda exercise annually, which is related to the …

‘Pak Navy to ensure maritime security, peace in region’

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ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi reiterated that Pakistan Navy is committed to enhance mutual collaboration in all the realms of maritime commons including joint development of platforms, equipment and sensors and exchange of quality training on reciprocal basis to the officers and men of other countries. He was talking to delegations of different countries called …

Somalia: EU training mission extended, budget agreed and mandate amended

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The Council extended the mandate of EU military training mission EUTM Somalia until 31 December 2020 and agreed on a budget of €22.9 million for the period 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2020. The Council also slightly adapted the mission’s existing mandate of providing political and strategic level military advice to the Somali authorities and contributing to the development …

Gulf of Guinea Boosts Maritime Security

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Maritime security depends on the capacity of national authorities to develop effective port security plans and procedures and the ability to self-audit, says International Maritime Organization (IMO). A regional workshop for participants from a number of countries in the Gulf of Guinea, held in Tema, Ghana (13-16 November) has helped to build national capacity to enhance port security. Benin, Cameroon, …

The End of U.S. Naval Dominance in Asia

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Editor’s Note: Although the Trump administration has made much of China’s rise when it comes to trade, the president should be focused more on the security implications. Robert Ross of Boston College points to the decline in U.S. naval strength in East Asia as a game-changer for the regional order. Ross argues that the Navy’s forward presence is strained, while …

Uhuru launches Kenya Coast Guard Service, says to boost maritime security

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday launched the newly formed Kenya Coast Guard Service at Liwatoni in Mombasa. Uhuru said the Coast Guard service will help increase efficiency in protection of maritime resources. “It will enforce security, safety, and protection of Kenya’s maritime resources,” Uhuru said. The President appointed Brigadier Vincent Loonena as the pioneer Director General of the Kenya Coast …