Getting to the root of maritime piracy

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Probably the most feared crime at sea, piracy can be the result of illegal or unregulated fishing displacing fisherman who turn to maritime robbery and extortion On September 24, 2018, news broke of an attack on the motor vessel Glarus 45 nautical miles southwest of Bonny Island en route to Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Sailing from Lagos, the Massoel Shipping …

Two ships robbed near Kandla in few hours

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In its weekly report for 9-15 October, ReCAAP ISC informed of three incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia.  Two of the reported incidents occurred within the wider area of Kandla Port, India, and one in Tarahan Jetty, Indonesia. The first and actual incident involved the Saudi Arabian-flagged chemical tanker ‘NCC Haiel’. While berthed at Tarahan Jetty, Indonesia, on 11 September. …

BUSINESSGovt agencies unite on maritime security

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Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has doubled its efforts by collaborating with the Nigerian Navy (NN) and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to ensure that vessels calling at Nigerian ports are safe.   The agency said that it would invest more in surveillance to guaranty safety of vessels.   The Director-General of the agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, who …

Japan, New Zealand continue cooperation on maritime security

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WELLINGTON (Kyodo) — Japan and New Zealand agreed Monday to continue to cooperate on regional security issues, particularly through maritime surveillance of illegal North Korean ship-to-ship transfers. Foreign Minister Taro Kono, together with his New Zealand counterpart Winston Peters, said the two countries reaffirmed their cooperation to achieve the concrete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, during their …

Navy to host international maritime security forum.

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2018/10/08 10:32 SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Yonhap) . South Korea’s Navy will host a global forum on maritime security on the southern resort island of Jeju this week on the occasion of its once-in-a-decade international fleet review, officials said Monday. The 16th biennial Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) will take place on Friday, bringing together 150 naval representatives from 46 countries, …

Closer naval links ‘can tackle South China Sea tensions’

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Strengthening Australia’s maritime cooperation with Indonesia would help both countries counter China’s militarisation of the South China Sea, a leading think tank report has urged. The document – ‘Reinforcing Indonesia-Australia defence relations: The case for maritime recalibration’ – by the Lowy Institute’s Evan A Laksmana – argues stronger naval links should be a “strategic necessity” for defence planners in Canberra. …

How can East Asia defuse multiple maritime security risks?

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How can East Asia defuse multiple maritime security risks? Territorial disputes, exacerbated by competition for marine resources and a naval arms race, provide fertile ground for inter-state conflict. But East Asia lacks a regional maritime security structure. By ANDREW SALMON OCTOBER 3, 2018. Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur is seen in the South China Sea, where the US and allies have …

Now Kenya launches coast guard

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Kenya has moved to establish a special force to man its maritime territories, after President Uhuru Kenyatta this week signed the Coast Guard Bill into law. “The Coast Guard Act 2018 establishes the Kenya Coast Guard Service, which will be responsible for enforcing maritime security and safety, pollution control and sanitation measures and prosecuting offenders,” President Kenyatta said after signing …

Abductors of 2 Indonesian fishers demand 4-M ringgit

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Kidnappers of two Indonesian fishermen demanded 4 million Malaysian ringgit in exchange for the safe release of their hostages, believed to have been taken to the southern Philippines, Malaysian media reported on Wednesday. On September 11 two masked gunmen abducted Usman Yunus, 35, and Samsul Sagunim, 40, off Semporna town despite strict security and sea curfew the Malaysian …

Saudi Navy Intercepts Two Explosives-Filled Drone Boats

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On Sunday, Saudi Arabia’s navy reported that it had destroyed two remote-controlled, explosives-filled vessels that were targeting the port of Jizan (Jazan). According to Saudi coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki, the Saudi Navy detected the boats approaching in series, one at 0450 hours and one at 0505 on Sunday morning. They were under remote control and were rigged with explosives, …

PH, Australia hold joint maritime security activity

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ZAMBOANGA CITY–The Philippine Navy (PN) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is conducting a 10-day maritime security activity to enhance the capabilities and readiness of sailors of the two countries in combating terrorism at sea Dubbed as the 5th Combined PN-RAN Maritime Security Activity, the joint exercise kicked off on Monday following the arrival of the RAN vessel, Her Majesty Australian …