Abu Sayyaf free two Indonesian fishermen

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Abu Sayyaf free two Indonesian fishermen (From left to right) Consul-General of the Republic of Indonesia in Davao, Mr Berlian Napitupulu, fishermen Mr La Utu Raali and Mr La Hadi La Adi and Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, commander of the Philippine armed forces’ Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom). The four men were speaking at the WestMinCom base in Zamboanga city following …

NIMASA’s satellite surveillance system down in 2017-Sources

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NIMASA’s satellite surveillance system down in 2017-Sources January 21, 2018 Paul Ogbuokiri Paul Ogbuokiri Indications were rife on Friday that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency’s (NIMASA’s) strategic satellite surveillance system have been out of operation for over one year, sources close to the maritime regulator revealed. When in operation, trained NIMASA experts at the comfort of their office …

Nigerian govt reacts to Avengers’ threat to blow installations

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Nigerian govt reacts to Avengers’ threat to blow installations Published on January 20, 2018 By Wale Odunsi Nigerian government through coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), has pleaded with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) and youths in the region to maintain the prevailing peace area. The NDA, had in a post on its website, threatened to launch a …

US troops support Somali forces on the ground, hit al-Shabaab terrorists from the sky

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US troops support Somali forces on the ground, hit al-Shabaab terrorists from the sky By: Kyle Rempfer ? 21 hours ago An MD-500 helicopter was apparently used to support an operation in Somalia. The picture was first posted to Twitter by Garowe Online, a news agency in the region, but it was later deleted. (Twitter) U.S. forces conducted an airstrike …

Illegal fuel market flourishes in Southeast Asia

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AN alleged oil heist in Singapore that has already led to 20 arrests, the seizure of at least one tanker and allegations that thieves siphoned thousands of tons of fuel from Shell’s biggest refinery is shining a spotlight on an illegal trade worth tens of billions of dollars worldwide. Working routes in a triangle of sea anchored by Thailand, Vietnam …

17 Countries Participate in Piracy Meeting in Singapore

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The first capacity building activity in 2018 by the Information Sharing Centre (ISC) of ReCAAP, the first regional government-to-government agreement to promote and enhance cooperation against piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia, kicked off on January 17 with 19 senior officers from 17 countries arriving in Singapore to take stock of the current situation and discuss the roadmap …

Analysis: Shady triangle – Southeast Asia’s illegal fuel market

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – An alleged oil heist in Singapore that has already led to 20 arrests, the seizure of at least one tanker and allegations that thieves siphoned thousands of tonnes of fuel from Shell’s biggest refinery is shining a spotlight on an illegal trade worth tens of billions of dollars worldwide. Working routes in a triangle of sea anchored …

Crew of Hijacked Product Tanker Released

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Tanker operator Union Maritime reported Wednesday that the product tanker Barrett has been safely recovered from hijackers off Benin, West Africa. “Union Maritime can confirm that the MT Barrett has been released after a Gulf of Guinea piracy incident lasting six days. All crew are safe. We are extremely grateful to the many parties that assisted in achieving the successful resolution …

UPDATE: Missing Vessel “MT Barrett” With 22 Crew Onboard Subject To Piracy Attack

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The Union Maritime vessel, MT Barrett, a tanker which was at anchor off Benin, West Africa has been the subject of a Gulf of Guinea piracy attack since Wednesday 10th January. The company continues to work with all relevant parties to ensure the situation is resolved successfully and as quickly as possible. Our primary concern remains the 22 crew on …

What is happening to Africa’s pirates?

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MODERN African pirates prefer machetes, machineguns and ransoms to cutlasses and parrots. They can make millions of dollars from one captured ship. Ten years ago Somalia’s coast was the centre of the maritime-hijacking world. The country lacked a coastguard or functioning state machinery, which allowed heavily armed pirates to sail up to huge cargo vessels in speedboats before boarding and …

Piracy and armed sea robberies on the rise in Asia, Singapore Straits

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SINGAPORE: There were 101 incidents of piracy and armed sea robberies in Asia last year, marking a 19 per cent increase from 2016’s 85 cases. Of the reported attacks, 89 were actual incidents, while 12 were attempted incidents. Ports and anchorages in Bangladesh, the Philippines, the South China Sea and the Straits of Malacca and Singapore saw an increase in incidents. There were …

Five ways poor maritime security fuels terrorists and criminal networks

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OEF Research, part of One Earth Future foundation, issued a statement citing five ways in which rebel groups, transnational criminal networks, and terrorist organizations exploit inadequate governance at sea to undermine political stability around the world. 1.Trafficking drugs via “Narco Submarines” The drug trade presents a significant booming, with the US Coast Guard reporting nearly half a million pounds of cocaine …

Reps C’ttee Flay NIMASA for Awarding $195m Maritime Contract to Israeli Firm

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Navy arrests 19 vessels, militants attack, disarm policemen in Ondo Chiemelie Ezeobi The House of Representatives saturday flayed the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for awarding the contract of patrolling the nation’s maritime domain to an Israeli firm to the tune of $195 million. According to the Reps, the contract was not just a security breach but also …

Waterways’ security: Worry as ‘Tompolo’s’ warships, NIMASA chopper rot away

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As the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), awaits release of funds to acquire the 12 fast intervention vessels and three helicopters approved for it by the Federal Government for the protection of Nigeria’s maritime environment; PAUL OGBUOKIRI reports that the six battleships and other platforms acquired for the agency by Global West Vessel Specialists Limited (GWVSL), including its …

Philippine Muslim Group’s Violent Streak Raises Specter of New War

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  The Philippines, still recovering from battles last year against a group of Islamic State-inspired, anti-government Muslim rebels, is confronting a rise in violence by another band from the same region and with a similar ideology. A new conflict would prolong decades of struggles between Muslim separatists and the Philippine government. Muslim militants on the southern island Mindanao …

Arrest sponsors of criminals, Dickson tells Navy

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Worried over the resurgence of crime and criminality, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has said that the Nigerian Navy is critical to maintaining stability, as well as to contain crime and criminality perpetrated on the waterways. He urged the Navy and other sister security agencies to treat political leaders sponsoring crime as common criminal regardless of their status in …

’19 Illegal Vessels Arrested In 2017?

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The Nigerian Navy in Lagos on Thursday said it arrested 19 vessels carrying out illegal activities within the nation’s territorial waters last year. The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Sylvanus Abbah, disclosed this when the House of Representatives Committee on Navy visited the command in Apapa, Lagos. ““Since June 2017, the patrol efforts at sea, complemented …