Maritime Security

Navy to stay in Mozambique Channel until March 2014

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The South African Navy will continue anti-piracy patrols in the Mozambique Channel until at least the end of March next year. This is...

Uganda to receive two boats for Lake Victoria patrols

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The Ugandan government will in June take delivery of two 30-foot long Pursuit OS 315 patrol boats, which will be used by...

Unreported acts of piracy distort overall figures – experts

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Somali piracy still poses a significant threat as numbers remain high and criminals remain heavily armed, say experts, who maintain that figures...

Saharan Express 2013 ends in Senegal

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The multi-national maritime exercise Saharan Express 2013 (SE-13) successfully ended with post-sail discussions last week. SE-13, which began on March 7, is a...

UK Lynx flight completes anti-piracy deployment on French warship

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A Royal Navy Lynx helicopter and crew have returned from deployment with a French frigate on counter-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean....

Somali pirates free Greek oil tanker seized 10 months ago

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Somali pirates have released a Greek-owned oil tanker and its 26 crew members who were seized 10 months ago in the Arabian...

Somali pirates free chemical tanker hijacked a year ago

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Somali pirates have released a chemical tanker they hijacked a year ago with about 20 crew on board after receiving a ransom,...

Pirates kidnap three in offshore Nigeria attack: sources

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Pirates attacked an oil industry supply vessel in Nigerian waters this week and kidnapped three crew, security sources said in the latest...

New Indian Ocean naval journal launched

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Those responsible for maritime safety in the Indian Ocean and its littoral countries must not only be capable sailors and masters of...

Reserves important for Navy operations

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The South African Navy has formulated a Reserve Force strategy at a Reserve indaba held in Simon's Town, due to it being...

Somali president grants amnesty to pirates, but not kingpins

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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has granted an amnesty to hundreds of young Somali pirates to reduce the threat to shipping in...

Six kidnapped foreign sailors freed in Nigeria

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Six foreign sailors were freed unharmed overnight by pirates who seized them off the coast of Nigeria's oil-producing region nine days ago,...

Pirate suspects handed to authorities for prosecution

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Five weeks to the day after the first group of suspected pirates apprehended by EU NAVFOR this year was handed over for...

Luxembourg takes over Op Atalanta airborne patrol duties

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At the end of February the Luxembourg Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance (MPRA) detachment returns to the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia...

Nigerian offshore attacks surge as pirates advance

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A spike in piracy off Nigeria's oil-rich coast has shown gangs are willing to venture further afield and use more violent tactics,...

Mozambique Channel contact for Amatola

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With just over two weeks logged on her latest anti-piracy patrol deployment in the Mozambique Channel SAS Amatola has recorded her first...

Nigerian pirates demand $1.3 mln for kidnapped sailors

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Pirates who kidnapped six foreign sailors from an oil servicing vessel off the Nigerian coast on Sunday are demanding 200 million naira...

Dutch frigate nabs suspected pirates

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Nine suspected pirates have been apprehended off the coast of Somali in an EU Naval Force mission led by the Dutch frigate...

HSV Swift’s 10 month APS deployment over

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An almost 10 month-long deployment of the US Military Sealift Command-chartered HSV (High Speed Vessel) Swift has ended in Naples, Italy. During its...

Have hired guns finally scuppered Somali pirates?

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Posted between septuagenarian passengers in deck chairs, lookouts stand watch over the Gulf of Aden, scanning the horizon for pirates. After more than...

Marine convoy protection service on the horizon

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Maritime piracy is now so entrenched that companies have to incorporate private maritime security services into their business models, according to Anthony...

Pirates kidnap three cargo ship crew in Gulf of Guinea

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Pirates have attacked a British-owned cargo ship in the Gulf of Guinea, taking three crew members hostage, the vessel's owner said. The UK-flagged...

French tanker hijacked off Ivory Coast freed, crew safe

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A Luxembourg-flagged, French-owned petroleum products tanker hijacked off Ivory Coast at the weekend has been released, and its crew of 17 are...

Exclusive: South African-led operation frees hostages from Somali pirates

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In December 2012 the Puntland Maritime Police Force rescued 22 sailors who had been held hostage on board the Panama-registered ship Iceberg...

New EUNAVFOR Commander

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The new man at the helm of EU Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR) brings with him the experience gained during a tour as...

Hijackers release oil tanker hijacked off Ivory Coast

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An oil tanker seized by gunmen close to the Ivory Coast's port of Abidjan has been released after being hijacked last week,...

Gunmen seize fuel tanker with 16 crew off Ivory Coast

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Gunmen seized a Nigerian-owned, Panama-flagged tanker with 16 Nigerian crew off Ivory Coast's port of Abidjan as it prepared to unload 5,000...

Gunmen seize Panama-flagged tanker in Ivory Coast

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Gunman seized a Panama-flagged tanker as it prepared to unload fuel at Ivory Coast's port of Abidjan, port officials said in a...

Private navy to take on Indian Ocean pirates

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A group of British businessmen backed by some international shipping firms have set up a private naval force to crack down against...

Nigerian pirates free kidnapped Italian sailors – Italy ministry

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Three Italian sailors abducted in Nigerian waters before Christmas have been released and will return home soon, Italy's Foreign Ministry said on...

Somali pirate leader retires; 20 pirates captured in last three weeks

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A Somali pirate leader known as Afweyne has announced his retirement after eight years of attacking ships, while International warships operating in...

Nigerian army arrests 1 945, destroys ships, illegal oil refineries in 2012 crackdown

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The Nigerian Army's Joint Taskforce (JTF) on illegal oil bunkering has said it arrested 1 945 suspects and seized 18 vessels for...

Amatola to resume anti-piracy patrols

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South Africa will send a Valour Class frigate to the Mozambique Channel at the end of January as part of its commitment...

Nigerian navy hunts pirates who seized four sailors

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Nigeria's navy is hunting for pirates who kidnapped four crew from a ship off the coast of the West African oil-producing country...

Pirates attack tanker off Nigeria, kidnap five: ship manager

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Pirates have attacked and looted a tanker off the coast of Nigeria, taking five crew members hostage, the ship's operating company said...

Soldiers hijack North Korea ship in Somali port

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A dozen soldiers guarding a North Korean ship impounded in Somalia's autonomous Puntland region for maritime violations have hijacked the vessel and...

Detained Argentine naval ship leaves Ghana

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An Argentine naval vessel detained in Ghana at the request of a hedge fund seeking payment on defaulted government bonds left the...

Kenyan orders probe into breakdown of police patrol boats

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The Kenyan ministry of Internal Security has grounded three patrol boats belonging to the Coastal Marine Police Unit because they have broken...

Navantia upgrading Mozambican patrol vessel

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Navantia has signed a contract to upgrade a Mozambican navy patrol vessel donated by the Spanish Navy last year for anti-piracy and...

International naval forces capture pirates off Somalia

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Warships from the European Union Naval Force (EU Navfor) and Combined Task Force 151 yesterday captured a pirate skiff in the Indian...

Nigeria detains two vessels in major maritime security operation

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The Nigerian military has detained two vessels and interrogated 15 others in a week-long combined exercise aimed at combating oil theft and...

Armed guards on commercial ships a risky business – expert

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Despite their widespread use, there are significant risks for shipping operators and owners who embark armed Maritime Security companies for anti-piracy tasks,...

Eight navies complete Exercise Cutlass Express 2012

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Sailors and maritime professionals from eight nations wrapped up Exercise Cutlass Express 2012-2 (CE12-2) last week after a week of multinational maritime...

Piracy is down, can we all go home?

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With the number of pirate attacks on maritime shipping off the coast of Somalia down over the past year, there are increasing...

Navy surprised by poor condition of fisheries patrol vessels

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The poor condition of the fisheries research and patrol vessels taken over by the South African Navy has meant is has taken...

Spanish Navy takes custody of Somali pirates

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Six suspected Somali pirates are on their way to a Spanish court, after they were apprehended by a European Union Naval Force...

Russia seeking to deploy reconnaissance aircraft to Djibouti

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Russia is seeking to base two Ilyushin Il-38 maritime surveillance aircraft to Djibouti in support of its anti-piracy operations in the Gulf...

Kenyan Navy’s newest warship takes the fight to Somalia

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The KNS Jasiri is the largest vessel in the Kenyan Navy fleet and also the most recently delivered. Shortly after arriving in...

Seven Somali pirates captured as piracy hits three-year low

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Seven suspected Somali pirates were captured by international naval forces and 20 Iranian sailors rescued over the weekend, at a time when...

Argentina in diplomatic offensive at UN over seized ship

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Argentina's foreign minister launched a diplomatic offensive in New York urging top U.N. officials to pressure Ghana to release an Argentine naval...