Manila, KL and Jakarta to patrol piracy-prone waters

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The Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia will launch joint patrols in piracy-plagued waters by May, Manila’s Defence Secretary disclosed yesterday, after a wave of attacks that saw Islamist militants kidnapping and murdering foreigners. All three countries agreed on such joint patrols in the Sulu Sea in August last year. Since then, the Abu Sayyaf, a kidnap-for-ransom network that has pledged allegiance …

An escalation in ship attacks is pushing Yemen towards starvation

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LONDON/RIYADH (Reuters) – Cruise missiles, floating mines and a remote-controlled boat have been deployed to attack ships in Yemen in recent months, changing the dynamic of the two-year-old war and pushing the country closer to famine, shipping and aid officials say.”The potential for merchant ships to be caught up in this as collateral damage is high,” said Phillip Belcher, “The …

Pentagon Wants to Expand US Military Efforts in Somalia

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U.S. officials have said the Defense Department wants to expand the military’s ability to fight the al-Qaida-linked group. They have recommended that the Trump administration permit U.S. Special Forces to increase assistance to the Somali National Army. Defense officials also want the U.S. military to have the ability to launch pre-emptive airstrikes. Source: VOA

Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea and the Niger Delta Region: Dynamics, Linkages and Challenges

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The Niger Delta Sixth Dialogue, focusing on ‘Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea and Implications for the Niger Delta Region,’ took place on Tuesday, 28th February, 2017 in Abuja at the Sheraton Hotel. It was a Two-day Dialogue organised by the Academic Associates Peace Works of which Chief (Dr.) Judith Burdin Asuni is the Executive Director. It was organised with …

Philippines: 5 Abu Sayyaf militants behind German hostage’s beheading killed in Sulu

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The Philippines military said on Thursday (2 March) that they killed at least five suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu who were believed to have been behind the beheading of German hostage Jurgen Kantner. Eleven soldiers were injured in the operation. The Islamic State (Isis)-linked militant group that operates in the country is known for kidnappings for ransom and brutal …

ISS Today: Fighting rising piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …