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Piracy and crime on the high seas growing and becoming more sophisticated

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International maritime crime is becoming “increasingly sophisticated” as criminal groups exploit jurisdiction and enforcement challenges on the high seas and pose “immediate danger to...

Crewmembers kidnapped in Gulf of Guinea released

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Six Russian crewmembers kidnapped from a vessel off Guinea last month have been released. The Russian Embassy in Nigeria said on 30 January that all...

Makhanda on maritime resource protection tasking

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SAS Makhanda (P1569), one of the South African Navy’s three serving offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), is currently deployed on a maritime fisheries protection tasking...

International action needed to stop piracy – shipping association

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BIMCO, the world’s largest international shipping association, has said that only international action will stop an increase in piracy. The comments come amid increasing...

Pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea increase

Piracy on the world's seas increased last year with a marked rise in attacks against ships and crews around West Africa, the International Chamber...

Another drug bust in the Arabian Sea

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The Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized more than 3.1 tonnes of hashish worth about AU$155 million during a boarding operation that...

Atalanta airborne ops

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The continued success of the EU naval operation off the Horn of Africa to ensure safe passage for vessels carrying much-needed food and stop...

Crew kidnapped in pirate attack off Benin

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Six Russian sailors have been kidnapped after their vessel was attacked by pirates whilst sailing off the coast of Benin. The attack occurred on 1...

Another drug seizure for Combined Maritime Forces

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The Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has seized more than 900 kg of heroin during two boarding operations that took place in international...

Law enforcement lays down a marker against maritime poaching

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The fight against poaching of maritime resources, including abalone, focussed on Western Cape's Overberg region last month with the arrest of 20 suspects and...

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Lessons learnt from latest Op Copper deployment

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