ASEAN Neighbors Ramp Up Terrorism Response

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Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia are slated to meet on June 19 to finalize the deployment of joint naval patrols as the region prepares for increasing terrorist activity. The collaboration of the ASEAN tripartite states comes after worsening armed conflict between Philippine soldiers and 300 to 500 ISIS-inspired militants from groups in Marawi City, Mindanao in the Southern Philippines. Malaysian Defense …

Marshal Islands-Flagged Oil Tanker Attacked by Pirates in Bab-el-Mandeb Strait

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Armed pirates attacked a Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker in the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait connecting the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, the latest in a spate of attacks off the Horn of Africa. The European Union Naval Force ATALANTA (EU NAVFOR) confirmed that an oil tanker was approached and fired upon by three men in a skiff in the …

Tapping into Africa’s trillion-dollar blue economy

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Over the past decade there’s been a steady rise across Africa in the attention given to the responsible use of the oceans to contribute to economic growth — or what’s known as the Blue Economy. The opportunities around Africa’s blue economies are enormous with significant potential to create jobs and improve livelihoods. But what’s often missing in debates are issues …

On 27 May a Mongolian Fishing Vessel Carrying S. Koreans Appears Hijacked in Somali Waters

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On 27 May a Mongolian fishing vessel carrying South Korean and foreign crew was apparently hijacked in waters off the Somali coast.  A South Korean military official said Saturday that South Korea’s antipiracy naval contingent, the Cheonghae Unit, was ordered to the site after the Seohyeon 389 went out of contact. The 234-ton Mongolian-flagged fishing vessel was traveling from Indonesia to …

Piracy threat returns to African waters

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A small Iranian fishing boat was hijacked off the coast of Somalia Tuesday, a local mayor reported. The boat would be used as a “mother ship” by its captors to launch further attacks, Ali Shire, mayor of the town of Haabo, told Reuters. The attack is the latest in a series of hijackings in the designated High Risk Area (HRA) …

Somali pirates hijack Iranian fishing vessel: Somali official

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Somali pirates hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel on Tuesday to use as a base to attack bigger, more valuable ships, the mayor of a Somali town said, part of an upsurge in attacks following years of relative calm. Crews have let security procedures slip in recent years and travel far closer to pirate-infested shores than authorities recommend, shipping sources say. …

Drought crisis in the Horn of Africa

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A severe drought is ravaging the Horn of Africa, with at least 17 million people facing hunger across eight countries, including Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.  The Horn of Africa has been experiencing a recurring drought since 2011. According to the UN, at least 40 percent of the population in Somalia does not have enough …

Keeping Children Out of Piracy

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A first step has been taken to raise awareness of the horrific abuse of children in piracy with the release of a handbook for the maritime security sector. The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative began academic research, in collaboration with Human Rights at Sea, the Dalhousie University Marine Piracy Project and the 100 Series Rules, in 2011. Following on from …

Naval cooperation key to maritime security

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The gathering of navies from around the world to celebrate the Singapore navy’s 50th birthday is testament to Singapore’s strong network of global friendships, which is all the more critical as security challenges have become increasingly transnational, President Tony Tan Keng Yam said yesterday. Noting how multilateral cooperation is key to ensuring a stable maritime order as well as safe …

Location, Location, Location: UAE upping Somalia trade links amidst resurgent piracy threat

Konstantinos Christoulakis Maritime Security Updates

The historical roots of engagement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Somalia harken back centuries to when Arab merchants controlled trade routes circumventing what now constitutes Somalia and the semi-autonomous Somaliland and Puntland regions. In March 2017, word broke that UAE-based heavy hitter DP World was planning to manage and develop a port in Berbera, Somaliland. In addition in …

Philippines: 7 Abu Sayyaf terrorists surrender in Sulu

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Seven more Daesh-linked militants surrendered to government forces in the southern Philippines this week, bringing the number of terrorists who have given themselves up as the military pressed its offensive to 47, the military said Wednesday. The Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu also laid down their high-powered weapons, said Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokeswoman of the military’s Western Mindanao Command. This …

China Burnishes Anti-Piracy Credentials Without Clarifying Possible Use of Lethal Force

Konstantinos Christoulakis Maritime Security Updates

A few weeks ago, I discussed China’s aspirations to burnish its anti-piracy credentials by responding forcefully to the new resurgence in piracy off the Horn of Africa. In at least two incidents in April, Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy vessels, assisted by the Indian Navy in at least one of the two instances, acted as first responders. In the first incident, …

FG unveils N186m maritime security project

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THE Federal Government, yesterday, disclosed a maritime security strategy to combat sea piracy and other criminal activities on the nation’s coastal and territorial waters. The accompanying cost of the implementation is put at N186 million. Speaking at the one day conference on fast-tracking Port Reforms, Minister of Transport,  Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, said the government decided to move against these criminal …

VOA: EU Force Maintains Pirate Watch Off Somalia

Konstantinos Christoulakis Maritime Security Updates

For the first time in years, piracy has returned to the coast of Somalia, with as many as six incidents reported in the last two months. But the European Union naval force patrolling the region, EU NAVFOR, says it continues to be successful in escorting ships carrying food aid to drought-stricken Somalia. A spokesperson for the EU force, Lieutenant Commander …

CNBC: Somali piracy is back with a $1.7 billion problem after shipping firms lower vigilance

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The economic cost of maritime piracy is increasing once again as Somali pirate networks resume attacks on ships, while kidnapping for ransom becomes a more popular tactic, according to a new report. The State of Maritime Piracy 2016, a new report released Wednesday from NGO group Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), claims the economic cost of piracy caused by groups in …