Report: Kenya Risks Losing Port of Mombasa to China

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BY MAREX 2018-12-20 16:08:19 Kenya runs the risk of losing control of the Port of Mombasa if it should default on loans from state financial institution China Exim Bank, according to a new report from Kenya’s auditor general. The terms of a $2.3 billion loan for Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) specify that the port’s assets are collateral, and they are …

SAPS arrests Nigerian ‘pirate’ allegedly linked to Dutch hostage drama

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Johannesburg – The suspected leader of a Nigerian pirate crew, believed to be the mastermind of a month-long Dutch hostage drama, has been apprehended in South Africa. Itoruboemi Benson Lobia fled from his home country in November and is wanted in the Netherlands following his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of 11 crew members of a Dutch cargo ship. According …

Yemen: ceasefire agreed for port city of Hodeidah

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UN secretary general hails ‘real progress’ as truce agreed at end of peace talks in Sweden   Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to an immediate ceasefire in the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, the UN secretary general has said, in a potential breakthrough at the end of a week of peace talks in Sweden. Antonio Guterres said the agreement included …

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 …

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 …