The human cost of piracy

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The scourge of maritime robbery and hostage-taking is back. Somalia’s natural and economic catastrophes including soaring unemployment for young men have combined to leave youths vulnerable to the call to arms from the region’s resurgent pirates. Ramola Talwar Badam explores how this happened – and what can be done to counter the threats to shipping trade and the families of …

PH, US hold coordinated patrol in Sulu Sea

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The Philippines and United States held coordinated patrol in Sulu Sea in a bid to detect and deter threats to maritime security, the US Embassy in Manila said. The littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) completed the patrol in Sulu Sea, the tri-border area between southern Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, on Saturday. “These patrols …

Piracy Situation Still Serious In The Gulf Of Guinea

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European shipowners are concerned about the continued piracy, armed robbery attacks and kidnapping for ransom events in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG), and particularly off Nigeria. According to the latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy report in total 33 vessels were boarded and four fired upon in the first three months of 2017 worldwide. During the same period, of the …

NEARLY 2 TONS OF NARCOTICS SEIZED UNDER CTF150 OPERATION SOUTHERN SURGE

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In the last two months, the French-UK led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 has conducted ‘Operation Southern Surge’ seizing more than 13/4 tons of narcotics from traffickers in the Indian Ocean dealing a significant blow to the funding of terrorism. The seizures included 1250 kg of heroin and 455 kg of hashish. Narcotics trafficking, particularly heroin, has long been associated with …

Tillerson Releases Human Trafficking Report

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The U.S. Department of State has released its 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report which highlights horrific crimes and the people working to end them. “Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time,” said Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State. “It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law and spurs other transnational criminal …

Ship Explodes Off Somalia

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An explosion has been heard off the coast of Somalia which observers say could have come from a foreign naval vessel. Flames and smoke were also seen off Somalia’s Puntland coast around sunset on Monday. The ship is believed to have been a naval vessel, as two foreign navy ships  helped rescue the crew. The cause of the blast is unknown …

Seafarers Matter

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June 25 is IMO Day of the Seafarer, and the IMO is encouraging everyone to join the campaign and show that #SeafarersMatter. Under this theme, the campaign is engaging people responsible for the world’s ports and seafarer centers to demonstrate how much seafarers matter to them by featuring initiatives that support and promote seafarer welfare. IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has …

European Union Maritime Security Strategy

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The European Union Maritime Security Strategy (EUMSS) for the global maritime domain, adopted by the European Council in June 2014, is a joint EU plan to improve the way in which the EU pre-empts and responds to these challenges. It is an overarching maritime security strategy against all challenges from the global maritime domain that may affect people, activities or …

Ex-militants assure oil firms of peace, security, in N-Delta

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Multi-national oil companies operating in the Niger Delta, have been assured of an enabling environment to carry on their business activities when they comply with the Federal Government’s directive to relocate their administrative headquarters to their various operational bases in the region. Giving the assurance in Bomadi, Delta State, ex-militant leader and Delta State Chairman, Phase 3 ex-militants, Mr Preye …

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch naval patrols

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Warships from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines held maneuvers on Monday near a naval base in northern Borneo to mark the launch of coordinated patrols to beef up security in waters plagued by insurgencies and banditry. Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, spokesperson for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said an agreement between the three countries aimed to stop piracy and …

15 June 17- One wounded in missile attack on UAE ship Al Mocha, Yemen

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One crew member was wounded when Yemen’s Houthis fired a missile at a United Arab Emirates ship carrying medical supplies in the Red Sea, the UAE news agency WAM reported on Thursday. WAM quoted a statement from the UAE armed forces as saying that the ship came under attack opposite the Yemeni port of al-Mokha. The statement warned that the …

New Delta Avengers may not be Deltans – Okowa

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Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday, said members of the New Delta Avengers threatening to resume attacks on oil installations may not be from the state. The group declared war on the Federal Government of Nigeria and oil companies in the region last week and vowed to resume bloody attacks on oil industries in Delta State effective June 30, …

Nigeria: Mariners Decry Inadequate Presence of Nigerian Navy At Sea

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The inadequate presence of the Nigerian Navy at the sea has elicited concerns from master mariners, who described this as inimical to seaborne trade and national security. The Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) at their quarterly presentation in Lagos, also described the ships in the Nigerian Navy inventory as too old, and unable to cope with the current day …

Iran-Backed Houthis Claim Attack on Coalition Ship Near Strategic Strait

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Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed an attack on a Saudi-led coalition warship near a strategic Red Sea waterway, China’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday. The reported attack took place off the coast of the Yemeni city of Mocha, about 60 miles north of the Bab al-Mandeb Strait. An estimated 4.7 million barrels of oil pass daily through the strait, which …

“Perfect Storm” of Cyber Security, Regulation and Cost Cutting Impacts Global Shipping

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Large shipping losses have declined by 50% over the past decade, mostly driven by the development of a more robust safety environment by ship owners, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) fifth annual Safety & Shipping Review 2017. There were 85 total shipping losses reported in 2016, down 16% compared with a year earlier (101). The number …

NATO’s Sea Guardian operation underway in Western Mediterranean

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Two frigates and a patrol vessel are conducting a maritime security operation in the Western Mediterranean as part of NATO’s operation Sea Guardian. Led by a French Navy Captain onboard French frigate FS Guepratte, along with Italian frigate Scirocco and Spanish Offshore Patrol Vessel ESPS Serviola are working to outline the patterns-of-life over a strategic 600 square kilometer area of …

African states band together to defeat crime on high seas

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A total of 19 African countries on Thursday launched an EU-funded network to tackle piracy, high seas robbery, kidnappings and human trafficking in the strategically important Gulf of Guinea. The Gulf of Guinea interregional network (GOGIN) officially began operations after a ceremony in the Cameroon capital Yaounde. “Nineteen African coastal nations, from Angola to Senegal, have begun working together to …

IG P&I Club Annual review – Piracy

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Following the very significant spike in piracy activity between 2008 and 2013, particularly in the Horn of Africa/Arabian Gulf region, the slowdown in hi-jacking and piracy incidents in all regions has continued. This is good news both for shipowners and for their marine insurers. A variety of factors have contributed to the downturn in attacks since around 2013, not least …