Maritime Security

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...

Somali pirates release MV Orna, detain six crew

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Somali pirates said they have freed the Panama-flagged merchant ship MV Orna after receiving a ransom of $400,000, but detained six of...

Nigeria pirates kidnap 6 Russians, one Estonian

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Pirates off the coast of Nigeria have kidnapped six Russians and an Estonian during an attack on their ship, Bourbon, the French...

Somali pirates free Greek-owned ship, say ransom was $5.7 million

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Somali pirates have released the Greek-owned bulk carrier Free Goddess and its 21 Filipino crew members after holding the vessel for more...

Seven pirates captured off East Africa; West African pirates release tanker

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The European Union Naval Force has captured seven suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia and destroyed their skiff, while pirates on...

Ghana court rules Argentine naval ship seizure was legal

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A court in Ghana upheld as legal the detention of an Argentine naval vessel seized under a court order by creditors pursuing...

Greek-operated tanker goes missing in Gulf of Guinea

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The Greek manager of a Bahamas-flagged tanker carrying more than 32,000 metric tonnes of gasoline reported the vessel missing after it left...

West Africa pirates adapt after Nigeria crackdown

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Nigerian pirate gangs are moving into the waters of neighbouring countries and attacking vessels further offshore after being driven from their coastal...

Argentine naval ship detained in Ghana by bondholders

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An Argentine navy ship has been detained in Ghana following a court order sought by "holdout" creditors suing Argentina in international courts...

Column: The shambles that is maritime security

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As the entire maritime industry, governments and international bodies continue chasing their own tails (with the inevitable consequence), perhaps now is a...

Kenya port to benefit as rebels quit Somalia’s Kismayu: minister

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Kenya's main port of Mombasa, East Africa's chief trade gateway, expects more business after an offensive that has driven rebels out of...

Counter-piracy task forces urge ship owners to keep up their guard in spite of...

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The counter-piracy task forces operating in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean off Somalia have warned ship owners to remain vigilant,...

Suspected Somali pirates fire on Italian navy helicopter

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Suspected pirates opened fire on an Italian navy helicopter on patrol off the east coast of Somalia, hitting a window and slightly...

Oil tanker freed after being hijacked in Nigerian waters

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A Nigerian naval ship freed an oil tanker yesterday that had been hijacked near its biggest city Lagos, the navy and the...

Egyptian fishermen killed by Tunisian navy

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Two Egyptian fishermen have been killed and another two wounded by a Tunisian naval ship, which fired on a group of fishermen...

Greek-operated tanker hijacked off Togo

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Pirates have attacked and hijacked a Greek-operated oil tanker off the coast of Togo, in the latest in a spate of attacks...

Navy resumes anti-piracy patrols after two-month hiatus

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After an absence of two months, the South African Navy has resumed anti-piracy patrols off the coast of Mozambique. The frigate SAS Amatola...

Maritime security company proposes a centralised approach for protecting vessels

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US-based company Armed Piracy Defence is proposing a centralised approach to ensure that all ships within high risk areas will have anti...

First Senegal Navy staff talks address maritime security issues, training

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The first-ever Senegal navy staff talks took place August 23-24 at the Senegal navy headquarters in Dakar. Rear Admiral Mohamed Sane, chief of...

US Navy assists pirated dhow

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The United States Navy guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) has provided medical assistance and supplies to an Iranian-flagged dhow in...

Nigerian Navy believed to be buyer of three Shaldag fast patrol boats

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Israel Shipyards has sold three Shaldag fast patrol boats to an African country, which is believed to be Nigeria. The West African...

Importance of Indian Ocean not appreciated: Australian defence minister

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Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith says the critical and growing strategic importance of the Indian Ocean continues to be under-appreciated. Smith...

Two pirated dhows freed in the last three days

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Counter piracy forces from the European Union and NATO in the Gulf of Aden have liberated two pirated dhows, freeing their crews...

HNLMS Rotterdam captures pirates

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The Dutch Landing Platform Dock HNLMS Rotterdam has disrupted a pirated dhow off the coast of Somalia, capturing the pirates on board...

Minister for Defence – Speech to the Lowy Institute on the 2013 Defence White...

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Thank you Martine (Letts, Deputy Director, Lowy Institute) for your warm welcome. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me to speak...

Kenya jails seven Somalis to 20 years for piracy

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A Kenyan court sentenced seven Somalis to 20 years in jail for piracy, a boost to international efforts to drive out pirates...

Somali piracy remains a global shipping threat; responsible for growing kidnapping on land –...

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In spite of a drop in attacks, Somali piracy remains a threat to global shipping and represents a humanitarian tragedy for hijacked...

New Namibian ship departs Mauritius on delivery voyage

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Namibia's latest naval ship, described as a multi-purpose patrol ship, has docked in Port Louis, Mauritius, on her delivery voyage from China...

Ghana Navy takes delivery of two ex-German fast attack craft

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The Ghana Navy yesterday took delivery of two ex-German Navy fast attack craft, GNS Yaa Asantewaa and GNS Naa Gbewaa, at its...

Oil worker dead after pirate attack in Nigeria

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One oil worker has been killed in an attack on a boat owned by Italian energy firm Eni's local subsidiary Agip in...

German frigate visits Kenyan anti-piracy centre

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The German frigate Bremen, operating under the European Union Naval Force's Operation Atalanta, has visited the piracy Information Sharing Centre in Mombasa,...

Counter-piracy “Big Three” meet at sea

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The Force Commanders of the three international Counter-Piracy task forces, the EU Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta (EU NAVFOR), NATO Operation...

Djiboutian Navy conducts surveillance operations with EU Naval Force

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Djiboutian navy and the European Union Naval Force (EU Navfor) French frigate Guépratte are participating in the joint surveillance operation "7 Brothers"...

HMS Dauntless docks in Cape Town

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The Royal Navy's Daring class Type 45 destroyer HMS Dauntless is in Cape Town, mid-way through her six-month deployment to the Falklands. HMS...

Ghana Navy receives ex-German fast attack craft

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The Ghana Navy has received two ex-German navy fast attack craft during a ceremony held at Neue Tadewerft, Wilhelmshaven, Germany. They will...

USS Klakring with four Fire Scouts deploys off Horn of Africa

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The US Navy frigate USS Klakring (FFG 42) has deployed to the Horn of Africa with a record number (four) Fire Scout...

Pirates attack three vessels off Nigeria

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Nigerian pirates have attacked three vessels in a single day, damaging a couple of ships but failing to board any of the...

Dutch navy catches pirates who attacked Turkish vessel

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The Dutch naval vessel HNLMS Evertsen has captured seven pirates aboard a dhow and rescued seven pirated crewmembers. The pirates are believed...

Naval Operations Centre opens in Djibouti

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Djibouti has opened a new Naval Operations Centre, which will improve the ability of Djiboutian maritime forces to track ship movements in...

South African pirate hostages return home

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Debbie Calitz and her partner Bruno Pelizzari have arrived home in South Africa after being held hostage by Somali pirates for 20...

Two South Africans freed by Somali pirates after 20 months in captivity

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A South African man and woman taken hostage by Somali pirates in October 2010 have been released and are in the hands...

Royal Navy destroys mine in Mediterranean

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Royal Navy divers from HMS Ledbury have helped to detonate a Second World War mine found off Sardinia's busiest port. The Portsmouth-based minehunter...

Mozambique adopts Djibouti Code of Conduct

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Mozambique has approved the adoption of the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO's) Djibouti Code of Conduct concerning the repression of piracy and armed...

Pirates release tanker after seven months

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Somali pirates have released the Greek-owned chemical tanker Liquid Velvet and its 21 crewmembers, who were held captive for the last seven...

Ghana setting up coastal monitoring network

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Ghana is in the process of setting up a vessel traffic management and information system (VTMIS) to provide electronic monitoring of its...

US maritime cooperation in Africa

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A high-speed catamaran operated by the United States Navy is visiting a number of South African ports on a maritime security cooperation...

Djiboutian, US navies practice vessel boarding operations

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Djiboutian naval personnel and sailors from three U.S. Navy organizations have conducted Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) training in the Port...

Somalia’s Puntland police arrest 11 pirates

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Police in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland have arrested 11 pirates and recovered rifles, a heavy machinegun and a truck, the region's...

Nigerian Customs Service purchasing patrol boats

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The Nigerian government has approved the purchase of two patrol boats for its Customs Service, which will be delivered in nine months'...