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SA Navy strengthens anti-piracy capabilities

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The SA Navy (SAN) has just completed in a multi-national naval exercise focusing on the right of merchant ships to safe passage in places...

US Navy exercises with Europeans, North Africans

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US Africa Command's General William "Kip" Ward visited Exercise Phoenix Express 09 on Friday as maritime and land forces from 14 European...

Belgian military to protect ships off Somalia

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Belgium will offer specially trained military teams to help its country's ships fend off attacks by Somali pirates, the country's defence ministry says after...

NATO looks to beef up anti-piracy mission

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NATO states have asked their military planners to strengthen the rules of engagement for its ships tackling piracy off Somalia after legal...

Cubic to support OAS in port security assessments

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Cubic Corporation has been awarded a new contract from the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organisation of American States (OAS)...

Russian navy seizes 29 pirates off Somalia: agencies

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A Russian warship captured a suspected pirate vessel with 29 people on board off the coast of Somalia, Russian news agencies reported...

SAMSA Act up for amendment

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The Department of Transport has published the South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA) Amendment draft Bill for public comment. The Parliamentary Monitoring Group says comments can...

Spanish navy arrests nine suspected pirates in Seychellois waters

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A Spanish warship has arrested nine suspected pirates believed to be behind an attack on an Italian cruise ship and handed them...

More EU aircraft needed for Somali pirates: commander

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The European Union needs to deploy more aircraft to fight pirates off the Somali coast, the former commander of the EU's anti-piracy...

UNITAS underway

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Ships from eleven nations got underway April 23 for UNITAS Gold, the 50th iteration of the longest-running multinational maritime exercise.Maritime forces from...

GA to continue work on railgun

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General Atomics (GA) has been awarded a follow-on task order valued at $22 million from the Office of Naval Research for the...

Stolt-Nielsen vessel adrift off coast of Somalia

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A vessel belonging to chemical tanker shipping group Stolt-Nielsen, which was released from Somali captors on Tuesday, is drifting unprotected off the...

Analysis: US chase of Somali pirate assets faces rough seas

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The US pledge to hunt down the fortunes Somali pirates amassed from capturing ships on the high seas may score political points...

Japan set to pass anti-piracy bill

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Japan's lower house of parliament passed a bill on Thursday to expand its anti-piracy activities off the coast of Somalia, as donors...

Analysis: Pirates, gangs fuel Gulf of Guinea woes

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Africa's Gulf of Guinea nations lack the ability to tackle mounting threats from piracy and kidnapping while the United States, a major...

Gunmen attack Nigeria oil tanker, two kidnapped

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Gunmen in Nigeria attacked an oil tanker off the coast of the Niger Delta on Tuesday, kidnapping the ship's captain and an...

Teen Somali pirate suspect to be tried as adult

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A Somali teenager accused of holding hostage a US ship captain in the Indian Ocean after an attempted hijacking will be tried...

Somalia: 75% cut in piracy with donor backing

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Somalia will be able to stop three-quarters of pirate attacks off its coast in one year if it wins support from international...

Somali pirates put superyacht rich in range

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Multi-million-dollar superyachts sailing from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean for the European summer could be the next high-profile target of Somali...

Gunmen attack Nigeria oil tanker, two kidnapped

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Gunmen in Nigeria attacked an oil tanker off the coast of the Niger Delta on Tuesday, kidnapping the ship's captain and chief...

DCD-Dorbyl absorbs partner

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DCD-Dorbyl Marine has acquired the business interests of its longstanding partner Globe Engineering Works (GEW) for an undisclosed sum.DCD-Dorbyl executive director Johann...

Somali pirates release ship, ransom paid

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Somali pirates have released a Togo-flagged cargo ship seized last week, a UN aid agency said this morning and pirate sources said...

Navy pursues PPP model for new marine safety centre

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The South African Navy has confirmed that it is seeking to establish a new Marine Sea Safety Training Centre (MSSTC), in the...

US says watching China’s naval expansion closely

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The United States would like to have a better idea about the intentions behind China's naval build-up, a senior US navy officer...

US seeks to bolster Somali government, force

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The United States will help pay for the fledgling Somali government's domestic security force as Washington looks to bolster the fragile country's...

UN envoy to Somalia calls for boost in international efforts to fight piracy

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Claiming that piracy off the coast of Somalia is wreaking global havoc, the top United Nations representative for the Horn of Africa...

NZ Navy takes delivery of IPV

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BAE Systems Australia will today deliver the first of four new Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs) to the Royal New Zealand Navy after...

Pirates attack Safmarine container ship

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Pirates have fired on – and damaged – a Liberian-regstered Safmarine container ship and have added three African-flagged ships to their bag.  The sea...

US to review antipiracy strategy

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The US military has initiated a review to look "broadly and widely and deeply" at the overall strategy on piracy off the...

Somali pirates hijack Greek-owned ship

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Pirates hijacked a Greek-owned bulk carrier on Tuesday in a rare night-time seizure off Somalia's coast, the latest attack on commercial shipping...

Gunmen clash with Nigerian Navy in oil delta

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Gunmen have attacked Nigerian navy personnel protecting a Royal Dutch Shell oil facility in the Niger Delta, killing one sailor and stealing...

Somali pirates keep American hostage on lifeboat

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Somali pirates defied international naval powers on Thursday to keep an American ship captain hostage on a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean...

US Navy issues new alert to mariners

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The US-led Bahrain-based Combined Maritime Forces patrolling the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden has issued a new Special Maritime Advisory in...

Warship nears pirates holding US captain

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A US Navy destroyer has reached waters off Somalia to help free an American ship captain taken hostage by pirates in the...

Somali pirates seize US-operated ship

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Somali pirates have this morning seized a Danish-owned, US-operated container ship with 21 American crew on board in the latest of a...

Somali pirates hijack British, Taiwan vessels

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Pirates seized a British-owned ship and a Taiwan-registered fishing boat after taking three vessels last weekend, officials said this morning, marking a...

Somali pirates hijack British-owned ship

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Somali pirates have this morning seized a British-owned ship operated by an Italian company after taking three other ships over the weekend,...

Protecting fishing part of maritime security

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Meeting with Ghanaian fishermen and West African navy personnel, US Africa Command's civilian deputy, Ambassador Mary C. Yates, stressed that maritime security...

Somalia’s pirates busier than ever: Time

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Just when shipping companies thought it was safe to go back in the water — off the Horn of Africa in particular...

UN opens two new Indian Ocean SAR centres

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The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has opened two new search and rescue sub-centres in Tanzania and the Seychelles to conduct...

US finds Lake Victoria plane wreck

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Service members from US Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa have located the wreckage of an Ilyshin II 76 aircraft that...

300 African migrants feared drowned off Libya

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Some 300 Africans including women and children are feared to have drowned after their boats capsized off Libya, part of a new...

Follow the DoT

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The Department of Transport (DoT) has published a Draft Merchant Shipping Amendment Bill for public comment. A memorandum attached to the Bill...

Pirates come to grief attacking German warship

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A group of pirates are under arrest after attacking a German naval oiler in the Gulf of Aden after apparently mistaking it...

Navy festival

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The Festival, which has been running for about ten years, was officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, Grant Haskin,...

Chief of Naval Staff to retire

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The Chief of Naval Staff of the South African Navy, Rear Admiral Mosoeu Magalefa, is retiring at the end of April.Magalefa has...

Seized Norwegian ship’s captain says crew all OK

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The captain of a Norwegian-owned ship seized by pirates off Somalia last week has told the vessel's operator the crew are all...

US helps Africa navies boost Gulf of Guinea security

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Reuters reports the US Navy is training partners from around Africa's Gulf of Guinea to help boost maritime security in a region...

CJTF-HOA to Assist in Uganda recovery operations

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US Africa Command's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa has deployed a search and recovery team to Uganda to help find human...

Equatorial Guinea to invest $2bn to double port size

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Equatorial Guinea aims to double its port capacity and turn the tiny oil-rich nation into a shipping hub and the Dubai of...