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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)....

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