Waning piracy threat in African oceans no reason for relaxation: IMO Durban workshop hears

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Durban: 13 November 2018 The virtual elimination of piracy along eastern oceans of the African continent over the last few years – thanks to a concerted highly collaborative international effort – is no reason for the continent to relax. Other serious crimes involving and affecting international shipping and impacting global trade remain a constant threat and present danger, delegates to …

Kenya tightens maritime security with new Coast Guard Services

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President Kenyatta is expected to formally launched the Kenya Coast Guard Service on November 29, at Liwatoni in Mombasa. It is estimated that the country loses at least US$100 million in revenue annually due to illegal and criminal activities at sea. The Coast Guard Service is expected to keep the seashores safe from aggression and illegal commercial activities. NAIROBI, KENYA, …

Japan boosts int’l coast guard diplomacy in PH-SEA waters

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By Roy Mabasa A Filipino coast guard officer has cited Japan’s role and support in promoting “coast guard diplomacy” to the Philippines and to the Southeast Asian region, in view of the developing issues and challenges. Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Lieutenant Commander Jay Tristan Tarriela conveyed view of Japan amid regional maritime issues such as the South China Sea, non-traditional …

NEWSInsecurity Chasing Foreign Vessels From Nigerian Waters- Marine Engineers

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The Nigerian Institution of Marine Engineers and Naval Architecture (NIMENA), a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE). yesterday said foreign vessels are staying away from Nigerian waters over high rate of insecurity. The insecurities included sea robberies, pirate attacks, highjacking of vessels, kidnapping of crew members among others. This alarm was raised by the President of the Association, …

EVERYONE WANTS A PIECE OF THE HORN OF AFRICA’S PORTS

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This February, the small African nation of Djibouti took control of the Red Sea container port of Doraleh from DP World, completing what it considers the final act in a lengthy wrangle with the Dubai-based ports operator. Djibouti has accused the international ports company, which had operated Doraleh since 2006, of deliberately underusing the facilities in favor of other terminals …

Hargeisa smugglers reveal insights into the sordid business of human trafficking of Somali migrants

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(ERGO) – For the last six years, Elmi Noor, 38, has been making $4,000 a month from what he terms a ‘lucrative business’ – smuggling young people from across East Africa to Libya, where they are invariably held for ransom by criminal gangs under cruel conditions. Noor coordinates a network of people smugglers based in several African countries, who organise …

UK pushes for UN resolution to end civil war in Yemen

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By Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor Britain is pushing for a new United Nations resolution to end the civil war in Yemen, saying there appears for the first time to be a chance to find a political solution to the crisis. The foreign secretary used some of his strongest language yet to put pressure on a coalition led by Saudi …

First kidnapping in world’s fastest growing piracy hot spot in 18 months

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The Sulu and Celebes Seas, spanning the waters around Indonesia, Malaysia’s eastern Sabah state and the Philippines, were until recently, the world’s fastest growing piracy hot spot. The area had been notorious for a spate of kidnap-for-ransom activities by militants from the Abu Sayyaf extremist group, but increased security saw the number of abductions fall. Buena Bernal reports. Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/first-kidnapping-in-world-s-fastest-growing-piracy-hot-spot-in-10853554