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Cocaine worth R15 million found on vessel in Richards Bay port

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Blocks of cocaine with a street value of R15 million were found on a vessel travelling from Colombia at the Richards Bay Port of...

Increase in piracy off Somalia a concern

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“Worrying” is the word used by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) to describe the increase to date this year of piracy in the Indian...

Italian admiral heads Op Atalanta force

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The new man at the helm of the European Union (EU) naval force off East Africa is an Italian rear admiral with, as is...

Indian Navy rescues crew from hijacked ship off Somalia

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The Indian Navy has rescued all 21 crew members from the MV Lila Norfolk in the North Arabian Sea after it was boarded by...

SA Navy Chief seeks improved African maritime security through cooperation, exercises

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SA Navy (SAN) Chief, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, gave delegates to last week’s IMDEC (International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference) in Ghana an insight...

Maritime training for SNCG

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ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) is readying the Somali defence force for security duty on land and along the east African country’s...

Op Atalanta a full-fledged maritime security provider

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From being a protector of food supplies destined for nutrition deprived Somalis, Operation Atalanta evolved into a broad-base maritime security provider. The European Union (EU)...

Somali maritime security training

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Fifteen Somalia Navy and Coast Guard (SNCG) officers successfully completed specialised maritime security training in a joint initiative conducted by the African Union Transition...

ECOWAS accesses EU naval experience

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) tapped into the experience of the European Union (EU) naval forces to “suppress illicit maritime activities”...

Red Sea/Gulf of Aden task force

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Recognising the importance of a secure maritime environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, a task force set up by the Inter-governmental...

Global piracy at three decade low

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The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) wants maritime security efforts sustained worldwide as maritime piracy and armed robbery...

US donates coastal patrol boat to Mozambique

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Ongoing security co-operation between the United States (US) and Mozambique has seen a 10m coastal patrol boat added to the Mozambican Navy fleet. In addition...

ASIS Boats to Cote d’Ivoire for maritime law enforcement

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United Arab Emirates (UAE) company ASIS Boats is delivering custom-built patrol boats to Cote d’Ivoire. The boat-builder said the Affaires Maritimes et Portuaires Ivoiriennes, the...

Massive drug bust for US Navy in the Gulf of Aden

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The US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze has seized an estimated $20 million worth of illegal drugs from a fishing vessel while patrolling the...

EU NavFor milestone grain delivery to Horn of Africa

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The last week of September saw the European Union (EU) NavFor Operation Atalanta reach the three million tons of food delivered to Somalia mark...

Operation Marlin marks an Atalanta first

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The European Union (EU) naval task force off East Africa – EU NavFor Atalanta – notched up a first in combined operations recently when...

Downward trend in piracy continues in the Gulf of Guinea

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Piracy appears to be on the decline with reported incidents in the Gulf of Guinea – long accepted as the world’s piracy hotspot –...

EU NavFor Op Atalanta 41st rotation underway

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Italian Rear Admiral Fabricio Bondi handed command of the European Union (EU) naval force Atalanta headquarters to a Portuguese commodore with a notable first...

Illegal fishing thrives due to lack of knowledge, patrol capacity

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Coastal African states are sounding the alarm that a lack of resources to patrol waters, combined with limited surveillance of vessel activity, are enabling...

Indian Ocean piracy on the decline, with Yemen conflict riskiest to seafarers – report

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Piracy in the northern Indian Ocean has decreased over the last decade, and now the greatest threat to seafarers in the region is state-backed...

Op Irini notches up 22 board and search missions

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The fragile situation in Libya means Operation Irini, the EU (European Union) tasking enforcing a United Nations (UN) arms embargo on the North African...

Nigeria’s Rivers State gets new patrol boats

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The government of Nigeria’s Rivers State has donated 14 boats to local security forces to combat maritime crime in the state. The boats were handed...

Maritime security “fundamental” to African peace

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The African Union (AU), according to its political affairs, peace and security (PSC) department, views maritime security as “a fundamental component” of the continent’s...

Obangame Express brings a multinational approach to security in African waters

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Exercise Obangame Express 2022, the largest multinational maritime exercise in West Africa, concluded its 11th iteration with a closing ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, on...

US general says China is seeking a naval base in West Africa

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The Chinese are activity seeking a naval base in Africa on the Atlantic coast, which would threaten US national security, United States Army General...

Ibsamar 2022 date set

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The Brazilian and Indian navies will be invited to send frigates and other naval assets including a helicopter and a maritime patrol aircraft to...

UN authorisation to fight piracy in Somali waters lapses

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has not extended a resolution for the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea within Somalia’s territorial...

Italian Navy frigate patrolling Gulf of Guinea

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The Italian Navy frigate Luigi Rizzo is patrolling the Gulf of Guinea on behalf of the European Union, with its main mission to prevent...

ISS: Beyond piracy – making waves in the Western Indian Ocean

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For almost two decades, maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean was associated with fighting pirates off the coast of Somalia. These initiatives now...

EMSA to provide maritime awareness for operations in Somalia and Libya

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The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has signed cooperation agreements with EU Naval Missions to provide enhanced maritime awareness for operations in Somalia and...

Exercise Cutlass Express 2022 kicks off

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The multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2022 has commenced, with an opening ceremony held at the Coast Guard Training Centre in Djibouti. Maritime forces from...

ECOWAS urges cooperation to end illegal fishing

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West African officials are saying that the scourge of illegal fishing can only be addressed with a regionally united front. They are calling for...

Royal Navy seizes over a ton of drugs in the Gulf of Oman

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The Royal Navy vessel HMS Montrose, operating as part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Gulf of Oman, has seized over a...

Nations join forces to fight illegal fishing in Gulf of Guinea

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Benin, Ghana and Togo have signed a pact to work together to reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Gulf of Guinea. Benin...

Vissim to deliver coastal monitoring system to Benin

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Norwegian company Vissim has been contracted by the government of Benin to deliver a coastal monitoring system to improve maritime safety and security and...

Ghana Navy to protect offshore oil fields

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The Ghana Navy has signed an agreement with Tullow Ghana Limited for Ghanaian Navy vessels to provide security services at the Jubilee and Tweneboa...

Apparent decline in West African piracy should be treated with caution

A decline last year in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, which has for some time been the epicentre of maritime crime, should be...

Gulf of Guinea states must act and prosecute suspected pirates, BIMCO urges

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States in the Gulf of Guinea region must take responsibility and step-up prosecution efforts when pirates are apprehended by international navies, the Baltic and...

Piracy drops to 18 year low

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“Vigorous action” by authorities is cited as one reason for last year seeing the lowest recorded level of piracy and armed robbery at sea...

Ex Good Hope is back

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Years of inactivity for joint exercises come to an end for the maritime and airborne services of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) at...

Stopping arms reaching Libya – Op Irini at work

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“Another day, another inspection” could well be what the men and women detached to the European Union (EU) Operation Irini in the Mediterranean Sea...

Maritime momentum in West Africa

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On 15 May 2020, 10 pirates boarded the Chinese-flagged Hailufeng 11, subdued the 18 crew members and turned off its automatic identification system (AIS)....

Six crew kidnapped off container ship in the Gulf of Guinea

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Six crew members have been kidnapped from the container vessel Tonsberg in the Gulf of Guinea in the latest pirate attack in the region. The...

UN Security Council adopts resolution to keep Somali pirates at bay

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The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution to combat the continuing threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia, as shipping and protection...

West African customer getting Blighter radars to protect coastal oil facilities

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The UK’s Blighter Surveillance Systems has been awarded a contract to provide its C400 series onshore and offshore installation security radars to protect a...

NIMASA, Korean Coast Guard sign MoU on maritime security and safety

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Nigeria, through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Republic of Korea, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of cooperation...

Danish frigate kills four pirates in Gulf of Guinea

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A Danish frigate has killed four pirates in waters south of Nigeria in an operation to protect shipping in the Gulf of Guinea, the...

ISS: Illegal fishing: another target in West Africa’s maritime battleground

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In a region already facing rampant piracy, the pillaging of fish stocks by industrial operators must be stopped. The United Nations Climate Change Conference’s (COP26)...

Maritime exercise Grand African Nemo underway in Gulf of Guinea

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The French led exercise Grand African Nemo 2021 has kicked off in the Gulf of Guinea, with participation by 19 local and ten international...

COVID-19 restrictions eased sees maritime training restart in Somalia

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An important component of the EU NavFor mission in Somalia – person-to-person training – is back following an easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Operation Atalanta reports...