Maritime Security

Experts warn of increasing cyber security threats for the African maritime industry

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The number of cyber attacks around the world continues to grow and this includes those targeted at the maritime sector. Commercial maritime companies, navies...

Iran’s navy thwarts pirate attack on Iranian tanker – report

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Iranian naval forces intervened on Saturday to repel pirates who attacked an Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden, Iran's state media reported. Pirates...

Further decline in reported piracy incidents

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Piracy incidents in the first nine months of 2021 are the lowest reported in 17 years with, at the other end of the scale,...

ISS: ICJ draws the line in Kenya and Somalia’s troubled waters

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Despite unease on both sides, each country could gain from the ruling if they were willing to restore relations. The International Court of Justice’s (ICJ)...
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World Court sides mostly with Somalia in border dispute with Kenya

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The top UN top court ruled on Tuesday largely in favour of Somalia in its dispute with Kenya, setting a sea boundary in part...

HMS Trent deploys to West Africa to support maritime security

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Royal Navy patrol ship HMS Trent has set sail to the waters of the Gulf of Guinea as she heads for security patrols and...

Nigerian, US navies conduct joint exercise in Gulf of Guinea

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Armed members of the Nigerian Navy were crouched on the deck of a warship, their eyes locked on a target. A helicopter whirred overhead,...

UNODC commends Nigeria for its fight against maritime crime

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has commended the Government of Nigeria, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and...

Another big drug seizure for French frigate in the Indian Ocean

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The French frigate FS Languedoc has recorded its second drug seizure in the Indian Ocean in a week, confiscating more than 3.6 tons of...

French Navy frigate seizes $5.2 million worth of narcotics

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French Marine Nationale frigate FS Languedoc, operating in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), seized more than 1 600 kg of illegal drugs...

Piracy down, but African countries still need to do more to improve maritime security

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The seas off West Africa, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, have been a hotspot for increasingly violent maritime crime, particularly piracy. In 2020,...

Illegal fishing linked to human rights abuses in Ghana

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Emmanuel Essien has been missing since July 2019. Essien, a 28-year-old Ghanaian fisheries observer, was working on board the Chinese trawler Meng Xin 15 when...

Fishing vessels ‘go dark’ to evade authorities, pirates

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Every time the Veracruz, a 108-meter refrigerated cargo ship, crossed the sea border from Namibia to Angola, it seemed to disappear. Possibly engaged in illegal,...

Maritime threats converge in Somalia

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Just as one maritime security challenge in Somalia seemed all but resolved, another one gained momentum. After years of declining pirate attacks off mainland Africa’s...

EU NavFor Atalanta on HRA reduction

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As of the beginning of September, the high risk area (HRA) for piracy off the Horn of Africa was reduced with the European Union’s...

Illegal fishing threatens Africa’s ‘blue economy’

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Maritime security experts warn that illegal fishing can undermine Africa’s “blue economy,” which includes the continent’s fisheries, tourism, aquaculture, transport, ports and oil drilling....

Italian Navy warship patrolling the Gulf of Guinea

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The Italian Navy’s Carlo Bergamini class frigate Antonio Marceglia has departed Italy for the Gulf of Guinea, where it will take part in the...

Crewmember apparently kidnapped by pirates off Gabon

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Pirates operating off Libreville, Gabon, appear to have kidnapped a crewmember after boarding the offshore supply vessel Tampen. Dryad Global reported that the vessel was...

Pirates repelled after firefight off Somalia

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Days ahead of a reduced Indian Ocean high risk piracy area (HRA) announcement, the motor vessel (MV) Anatolia was attacked by pirates off Somalia. The...

ISS: Naval-gazing in the Indian Ocean: why Africa should worry

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Even the notion of an Indian military facility on Mauritius’s Agaléga island deserves regional and AU attention. The South-West Indian Ocean seascape is an increasingly...

New flagship for Op Irini

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Italian Navy warship San Giorgio completed her operational tour as flagship for Operation EUNavFor Med Irini and returned to her homeport Brindisi after more...

Security threats at sea need global response

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Despite an overall decrease in maritime traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic, piracy and armed robbery of ships rose by 20 % in the...

Change in piracy threats in Indian Ocean prompts redo of High Risk Area off...

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A continued downward trend in Somali piracy has prompted a number of global shipping organisations to reduce the geographic boundaries of the ‘High Risk...

Drones, navies, attack boats: Will they be enough to tackle the world’s latest piracy...

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Helicopters hover above a patrol vessel in Nigeria’s frenetic Apapa port as attack boats zoom past. On the dock, drones emblazoned with the Nigerian...

Vessel attacked by suspected pirates off Somalia

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A vessel was attacked in transit whilst six nautical miles offshore of Somalia in a rare incidence of attempted piracy off the Horn of...

Nigerian Navy critical for African security and stability – USN Commander

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Nigeria, which has the largest navy in the Gulf of Guinea region, is critical for Africa’s security and stability, a US Navy (USN) captain...

UNODC and Mozambique cooperate to promote maritime security

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The Mozambique Channel is one of the primary passageways for the movement of illicit goods in the region. In recent years, maritime terrorism has...

US Naval Forces Africa bolster East African maritime security through Ex Cutlass Express

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The Indian Ocean is used by many illegal networks involved in drug smuggling, trafficking of illicit goods, illegal fishing, piracy and human trafficking. There...

Iran warns of response if security threatened after ship attack – TV

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Iran will respond promptly to any threat against its security, the foreign ministry said on Monday, after the United States, Israel and Britain blamed...

US, Britain believe Iran attacked Israeli-managed tanker off Oman

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The United States and Britain said on Sunday they believed Iran carried out an attack on an Israeli-managed petroleum product tanker off the coast...

Two crew killed in attack on Israeli-managed tanker off Oman

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Two crew members, a Briton and a Romanian, were killed when a petroleum products tanker managed by Israeli-owned Zodiac Maritime came under attack on...

Maritime security exercise Cutlass Express 21 begins

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Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe, North America, and several international organizations began the multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2021...

Nigerian court sentences ten men to prison for 2020 Chinese ship hijacking

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A court in Lagos sentenced ten men to 12 years in prison on Friday for kidnapping the crew of a Chinese-flagged merchant vessel last...

Defence Intelligence lays out maritime security threats in Africa

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The Defence Intelligence division of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has detailed some of the main threats and challenges facing South African...

South Korea military suffers worst COVID-19 outbreak aboard anti-piracy ship off Africa

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South Korea's military has recorded its biggest cluster of COVID-19 infections to date, with more than 80% of personnel aboard a destroyer on anti-piracy...

Nigeria commissions Falcon Eye maritime domain awareness system

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Nigeria has commissioned the Israeli-designed Falcon Eye maritime domain awareness system to monitor the country’s territorial waters and track movements within the broader Gulf...

Global piracy down, Gulf of Guinea still a concern

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Incidents of international piracy and armed robbery are at their lowest level in 27 years, according to International Maritime Bureau (IMB) statistics, with the...

IMDEC 2021 focuses on security at sea to ensure free trade in Gulf of...

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Chiefs of Navies and Air Forces from across the world attended the two-day International Maritime Defence and Exhibition Conference (IMDEC) 2021 hosted by the...

IAI-ELTA Provides An Effective Maritime Situation Picture Beyond The Horizon

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Securing maritime borders and ensuring the safety of vessels and other important assets within a nation's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) constitute essential elements of...

IAI’s Maritime Heron ideal for maritime security

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) was the first unmanned aerial systems (UAS) manufacturer to deploy drones on maritime surveillance missions and has built up decades...

Sandock Austral and Petram Fortis team up to offer maritime security solutions to Ghana

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Sandock Austral, the largest black-owned shipyard in Africa, and Ghanaian defence contractor Petram Fortis, have teamed up to offer world class maritime security solutions...

Terror threat makes seafarer crew change impossible in northern Mozambique, ITF warns

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Increasing violence in Mozambique is making safe vessel crew changes impossible, the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) has warned, as seafarers are at risk...

SADC unable to effectively manage its maritime spaces – Hlongwane

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Unchecked insurgent activity in Mozambican waters is one indication that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is unable to effectively manage its maritime spaces,...

Israel Shipyards presenting new commercial services options at IMDEC 2021

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Israel Shipyards, one of the leading shipbuilding and repair companies in the Eastern Mediterranean serving naval and commercial marine markets – is presenting, for...

Safeguarding your waters

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Saab is your trusted defence and security solution provider for navies looking to address their Maritime Security Challenges in the Gulf of Guinea and...

Senegalese Navy intercepts drug trafficking ship

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Senegal’s Navy has intercepted and seized a ship 240 km off its coastline that was found to be transporting a large quantity of hashish. In...

Defence industry experts appeal for collaboration to combat maritime security challenges

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South Africa needs to improvise and create innovative solutions to work within budget constraints to solve maritime security problems, according to a Hensoldt South...

French warship FS Languedoc seizes $4.3 million worth of narcotics

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French Marine Nationale ship FS Languedoc, assigned to Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, seized 409 kg of heroin worth over $4.3 million dollars during...

Op Irini extended for a further year

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The EU maritime intervention to stop arms illegally reaching strife-torn Libya will continue for another year thanks to a UN Security Council authorisation. The vote...

Nigeria launches Deep Blue maritime security project

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President Muhammadu Buhari has officially launched Nigeria’s Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure programme, also known as the Deep Blue Project, which aims...

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