ISS Today: Fighting rising piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

Konstantinos Christoulakis Maritime Security Updates

“The Gulf of Guinea, which has been Africa’s main maritime piracy hotspot since 2011, could become the world’s most piracy-affected area.” This was a key observation made by American and African experts at a workshop organised by the Africa Centre for Strategic Studies in Abidjan from February 14 to 17. This finding and others depicted a rather disheartening picture of …

AFP confident to rescue Kantner before his execution

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

The chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) said that the military leadership is confident that government troops can rescue German hostage Jurgen Kantner before his reported execution at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 26. Kantner, remains in the hands of suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in a still undisclosed location in Mindanao. Source: Manila Bulletin 

Inside the Deadly Pirate Corridor Where Migrants Escape to Europe

Konstantinos Christoulakis Maritime Security Updates

Interesting article regarding escaping migrants of the East Africa migrant route doing so through areas known for Piracy. “A World Bank report published in 2013 tells the story of a smuggling boat that moved Somali migrants north to Yemen from Puntland, a Somali state notorious for piracy. The smugglers rode “across the Gulf of Aden in a whaler-type vessel that was towing …

US warns of growing piracy risk off West Africa

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

The United States is increasingly worried about pirate attacks off West Africa and is committed to helping countries bolster security in the region, a US diplomat said Tuesday. At least 27 attacks on boats, including robberies, kidnappings or failed attempts, have occurred off the West Africa coast since April, according to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Off Africa’s east coast …

Industry Releasable Piracy Threat Assessment Somalia

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

This bi-annual threat assessment has been written by EU NAVFOR and Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). It is intended to inform risk management decision making for shipping operators responsible for merchant vessels that are transiting through the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden (GoA), Gulf of Oman (GoO) and the Western Indian Ocean. The report also serves to inform the Contact Group …

Piracy: Attacks in Nigeria rose by 157% in 2016

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

Global maritime piracy watchdog; the International Maritime Bureau released its 2016 reports on global piracy attacks. The IMB, in the report noted that the number of maritime kidnappings hit a 10-year high in 2016.  It also reported that, pirate attacks off-Nigeria coastline rose from 14 in 2015 to a shocking 36 last year. According to the body, while the number …

Nigeria recovers 150,000 bpd as Exxon’s Qua Iboe Terminal comes onstream

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

There is hope of increased oil production in Nigeria as ExxonMobil-operated Qua Iboe Terminal (QIT) is back, producing in excess of 150,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd). The QIT facility was shut in mid-July 2016, after militants breached the crude loading line taking crude from the company’s main export pipeline to the terminal itself. Network, a Nigerian company which exports …

Inside Story Of Navy’s Operations In Nigeria’s Delta Region

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

A major responsibility of the Nigerian Navy is the protection of the Nigerian maritime environment. Defence correspondent, JOY YESUFU takes a look at the activities of the Nigerian Navy in this direction in Nigeria’s delta region. The Nigerian Navy has never rested on its laurels in its efforts to reduce criminal activities in the country’s maritime environment to the barest …

Nigeria, four others ban Europe’s dirty fuel imports

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

Nigeria and four other West African countries have agreed to ban the importation of Europe’s dirty fuels, the United Nations Environment Programme has said. The UNEP said the move would dramatically reduce vehicle emissions and help more than 250 million people to breathe safer and cleaner air. It said together, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire agreed on December …

Senate proposes special tribunal for maritime crimes

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

The Senate Committee on Nigerian Navy, on Tuesday in Lagos, says it is proposing a special tribunal to handle cases of any arrested vessels, its crew and other alleged maritime crimes. The Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Isah Maisau, made the proposal during oversight visit to the Western Naval Command (WNC) and Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC), in preparation for the …

Top Commander of Niger Delta Avengers arrested

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

A suspected serial pipeline vandal and strike force leader of the Niger Delta Avengers has been arrested by the Nigerian Navy around Sapele Council Area of Delta State. The suspect, Abraham Suru also known as Gabon from Ondo State, was arrested weeks after he had been declared wanted by the Nigerian military for being responsible incessant attacks on oil and …

CRUDE OIL THEFT, DRUG SMUGGLING, ILLICIT FISHING: Nigeria’s story of stolen resources

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

Nigeria need to develop a national maritime strategy if our dear country is not to be left behind in this new dispensation of enhanced maritime domain awareness (MDA) and the obvious benefits accruable therein by sharing mechanisms with the navies/maritime regulatory agencies of Togo, Djibouti, Sao Tome and Principe, Cameroon, Ghana, Gabon, Benin and Equatorial Guinea who are linked one …

Navy reaffirms commitment to protecting maritime domain

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

The Nigerian Navy (NN) on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to protect the nation’s maritime domain against piracy and other criminal activities. The Chief of Naval Staff, (CNS) Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, made the statement while briefing newsmen on the CNS Annual Sea Exercise, Tagged ‘Eagle Eye’ at its’ Headquarters, Abuja. He was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, …

US shifts aid from anti-drug operations to maritime security

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

he United States has switched its police assistance program in the Philippines from drug control to maritime security in the light of human rights violations in the Duterte administration’s war on drugs. The US remains deeply concerned by reports of extrajudicial killings by or at the behest of government authorities in the Philippines, State Department spokesman John Kirby said. “Since …

House c’ttee promises to support the rebuilding process in NIMASA

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

The House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration has resolved to support the rebuilding efforts of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency in its quest to reposition, reform and restructure for the benefit of the nation. The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Mohammed Umar Bago, disclosed this when he led other members of his committee on …

Forget Trump and China, piracy in the Sulu Sea is a fresh threat to Asia trade

Web Master Maritime Security Updates

Southeast Asia is grappling with rampant maritime piracy that, if left unchecked, could threaten trade and bolster terror networks in the region. This year has seen a growing number of hijackings in the Sulu Sea, located between the Philippines and the island of Borneo. Around $40 billion worth of cargo passes through the area annually, with around $700-800 million in …

Piracy in the Horn of Africa: Some good news but a lot of work has to be done

Dimitrios Dalaklis Maritime Security Updates

By Commander Dimitrios Dalaklis H.N., Lecturer in the Hellenic Naval Academy (HNA), Department of Combat Systems, Naval Operations, Sciences of the Sea, Navigation, Electronics and Communication Systems. With oceans covering almost three-quarters of the earth’s surface and with well over 80% of all international trade transported by sea, piracy -without any intention to downgrade other types of maritime crime, i.e. illegal …