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

Konstantinos Christoulakis Maritime Security Updates

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 …

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 …