Yemen and GOA security update

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The trend for the piracy threat in the Gulf of Aden is upward, even if the dhow and locally trading tanker attacks are excluded. However, the overall threat level has not increased from the 2014-2016 elevated level and it is too soon to conclude that there will be a new ‘wave’ of piracy attacks. The recent attacks do confirm that …

Houthis Wage Non-Traditional War in Bab al-Mandab Fueled Booby-Trapped Boats

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Even the producers of the Johnny Depp-helmed “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise have not reached the heights of criminal imagination as the Houthis and Saleh militias in their threats to maritime traffic in Bab al-Mandab. The strait, which witnesses 7 percent of the world’s maritime traffic, is the scene of a non-traditional war that is threatening the passage of …

IMB newly issued report reveals 87 incidents of maritime piracy in first half of year

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Continuing decline in the number of reported incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery against ships has been revealed in the second quarter piracy report of the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB), published today. According to the report, the first half of 2017 saw a total of 87 incidents reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre compared with 97 for …

Effective maritime domain awareness in the Western Indian Ocean

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Building efficient and sustainable MDA structures, creating institutions and centres that are trusted and enhance coordination, and continuing training and other capacity building measures will decrease the dependency of the region on international actors. This in turn is key to ensure that maritime security and development of the blue economy is locally driven and owned. These are not short-term goals. …

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, …