21 Aug 2018 – Tanker missing off Gabon with 17 sailors onboard

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Tanker missing off Gabon with 17 sailors onboard 19:21 21/08/2018 A tanker is missing off the coast of Gabon with 17 Georgian sailors on board, officials said on Tuesday. The ship “disappeared” from tracking screens on August 14, the source said, while regional military officials said the potential search area was between the Gabonese coast and the Sao Tome and …

Al Houthi piracy in Red Sea is unacceptable

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The decision by Saudi Arabia to temporarily halt its oil shipments through the Strait of Bab Al Mandeb could be followed by other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in future if Al Houthis continue to threaten maritime navigation and international trade in the Red Sea. The Saudi move came after the attack by Iran-backed Al Houthi militias on two Saudi …

YEMEN’S WAR AGAINST THE HOUTHIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT PORTS AND THE SEA

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For nearly two months the tragic war in Yemen has centered around a major assault on the Houthi rebels’ most important strategic asset: the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. This port, Yemen’s largest, receives approximately 70 percent of the country’s food as well as a significant share of the Houthi rebels’ arms and cash. The fall of the port would sever …

Djibouti’s Seaport Could Face New Competition

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Djibouti has invested heavily in making itself a hub for deep-sea shipping in the Horn of Africa, and much of its business depends upon its status as the sole seaport for landlocked Ethiopia. However, its port revenues could be challenged by the re-emergence of neighboring Eritrea, a longtime pariah state that could soon regain access to global commerce. Eritrea won its …

S. African navy completes anti-piracy mission in Mozambique

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Two South African navy vessels have completed patrol of the Northern Mozambican Channel as part of the anti-piracy Operation Copper, South African authorities said Wednesday. The two vessels, SAS Protea and SAS Galeshewe, will return to their naval base in Durban on Friday, the South African Navy said. “Despite the fact that no arrests were made, this operation does send …

Panic in Iran over Attack on Two Saudi Oil Carriers

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London – Asharq Al-Awsat Conflicting statements issued in Iran on Tuesday unveiled panic over the attack on two Saudi oil carriers in the Red Sea’s Bab El-Mandeb Strait last month. Iranian media outlets quoted General Naser Shabani, a top official of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as saying that the regime had ordered the pro-Iran Ansar Allah (Houthi) militia in …

2 car bomb blasts kill 6 in Somalia

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MOGADISHU, Somalia — Two car bombs hit Somalia on Sunday, killing six people. Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels claimed responsibility for the first suicide car bomb blast that that killed four people when it exploded near the gate of a military base in Afgoye town, 30 kilometers (18 miles) northwest of Mogadishu. Al-Shabab has claimed the responsibility for the attack, according …

Stakeholders stall new maritime security bill

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Government agencies and stakeholders in the maritime industry have moved against the enactment of a maritime security bill currently before the National Assembly on the ground that its provisions are mere duplication of the functions of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). BAYO AKOMOLAFE reports   Seven years after it was withdrawn from the National Assembly, the controversial Maritime …

Union Cabinet approves stringent anti-piracy law

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The Union Cabinet today approved a bill providing for death penalty or life imprisonment to those involved in piracy at sea, official sources said. They said the proposed anti maritime piracy law is aimed at promoting the safety and security of India’s maritime trade including the safety of its crew members. The Indian Navy and the Coast Guard have been …

Nigeria: Niger Delta Militants Abort 7-Month Ceasefire

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YENAGOA—NIGER Delta agitators signalled a return to hostilities in the oil-rich region, yesterday, when they called off the subsisting  seven-month ceasefire with the Federal Government brokered, November  last year, by Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, declaring Operation No Mercy and Destiny Takeover of God-given Resources. The campaigners, under the auspices of 21st Century Youths of Niger Delta and Agitators with …

Power plays in Indonesian waters

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Transforming Indonesia into a global maritime power is a complicated game MUHAMAD ARIF   The new Maritime Security Agency has only heightened competition in the Navy-dominated governance of Indonesian maritime security, Muhamad Arif writes. When Indonesian President Joko Widodo signed the presidential regulation on the establishment of the country’s Maritime Security Agency (Badan Keamanan Laut or BAKAMLA) on 8 December …