Maritime Security

Supply vessels attacked of Nigeria as piracy threat grows

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Two supply vessels have been attacked off the coast of Nigeria within 24 hours, with one vessel being briefly hijacked by pirates...

Nigerian Marine Police receive patrol craft as piracy, illegal bunkering increases

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The Nigerian Marine Police have taken delivery of two Armacraft Croq 1270 patrol vessels, which were provided by the Lagos state government. Lagos...

W.Africa pirates free gasoline tanker, steal cargo

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West African pirates have freed a gasoline tanker they hijacked last week, after stealing some of the cargo, the shipowner said on...

Pirates hijack oil tanker off Togo

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A Panama-flagged oil tanker, BW Rhine, has been hijacked off the coast of Togo, with 21 crewmembers taken hostage. According to its owners,...

Pirates get 20 years in prison

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Eleven pirates apprehended by a French warship in May 2009 have been found guilty by Kenyan authorities and now face 20 years...

Somali pirates change tactics to evade navy heat

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Somali pirates are switching back to using smaller cargo and fishing boats as motherships, hoping to evade detection as maritime security is...

South African Navy helps catch pirates

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The South African Navy replenishment ship SAS Drakensberg has helped catch seven Somali pirates in the Mozambique Channel, in the Navy's first...

Royal Navy seizes US$22 million worth of heroin in Indian Ocean

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The Royal Navy's Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster has seized US$22 million worth of drugs in the Indian Ocean, after intercepting a...

EU Naval Force warship ESPS Reina Sofía escorts freed dhow to Yemen

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The Spanish warship ESPS Reina Sofia has escorted a Yemeni dhow and handed it over to Yemeni authorities, after liberating the vessel...

Maldives outlines maritime threats, solutions

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The Maldives is facing a growing number of maritime threats, including piracy, illegal fishing, human-trafficking, drug-smuggling and gun-running. However, the archipelago is...

Law of the sea hinders fight against piracy – expert

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The international law of the sea has struggled to provide solutions to the problem of piracy and it is necessary for the...

Spanish warship rescues Somali crew held by pirates

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The Spanish warship ESPS Reina Sofia has stopped a Yemeni dhow being used as a pirate mother ship, capturing the pirates and...

USS Simpson, US Coast Guard participate in Cape Verde-led AMLEP operations

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Cape Verde and United States Coast Guard personnel as well as sailors from the guided missile frigate USS Simpson have participated in...

French frigate visits Cape Town

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The first-of-class French frigate FS Floréal, has completed its port visit to Cape Town on its standing patrol of the Indian and...

SA has what it takes to meet Navy’s new vessel requirements – industry

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South Africa's shipbuilding industry says it is still capable of locally building the new vessels required by the South African Navy, with...

Indian Ocean navies must share information, coordinate maritime communications

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The introduction of high-tech sensors and communications equipment by the countries of the Indian Ocean Rim has brought benefits to the region,...

Cooperation, diplomacy and patrols effectively tackle Somali piracy – general

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Regional cooperation, maritime patrols, legislation and diplomacy are what is needed to successfully fight piracy, according to the chief of the Tanzanian...

Airborne undercurrent at naval symposium

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One may be forgiven for thinking that the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) concluding in Cape Town today was all about surface...

Worthwhile training with SA Navy – German Navy head

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German Navy chief, Vice Admiral Axel Schimpf, says his country finds training with the South African Navy worth the effort of sailing...

IONS chairs confident piracy can be beaten…eventually

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The third Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) will contribute to the defeat of piracy, the past and present chairmen of the symposium...

South Africa to build own Offshore Patrol Vessels

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South Africa is planning to locally build the new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) to be acquired under Project Biro to replace the...

SA ponders armed guards aboard merchant ships

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South Africa has been asked to grapple with the question of how to deal with armed guards aboard civilian ships at sea. In...

SA Navy continues with anti-piracy patrols

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The South African Navy continues to patrol the waters of the Mozambique Channel as part of its commitment to anti-piracy operations off...

SA Navy may extend management of state-owned maritime patrol vessels

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The South African Navy may continue to manage the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries' maritime patrol vessels longer than a year,...

Sisulu opens landmark Indian Ocean Naval Symposium

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Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu has officially opened the 2012 Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in Cape Town, which...

Keynote address by L N SISULU, MP, MINISTER OF DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETEERANS at...

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Keynote address by L N Sisulu, MP, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans at the occasion of the Indian Ccean Naval Symposium...

South African Navy to hold an International Naval Symposium

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The Chief of the South African Navy, Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu, will host the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS 2012) at the...

Benin acquires three new coastal patrol craft

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Benin's navy will soon receive three new coastal patrol boats from French manufacturer OCEA as the country boosts its naval capabilities to...

SA Navy takes over management of state-owned maritime patrol vessels

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The South African Navy has taken over the management of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries' maritime patrol vessels, as the...

EU Navfor captures would be pirates; frees captured dhow as attacks rise

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European Union Naval Force (EU Navfor) counter-piracy forces have detained a group of pirates who attempted to attack a tanker off the...

Navy supports new maritime patrol aircraft

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The South African Navy has expressed strong support for the Air Force to acquire new maritime patrol aircraft, with the Navy chief...

Britain, Argentina clash over “nuclear sub” comment

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A spat broke out between Britain and Argentina at a nuclear security summit in Seoul yesterday when Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman...

South Africa has sufficient local capability to provide maritime security resources – experts

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South Africa has sufficient local resources to supply the Navy with ships, weapons, sensors and other equipment it may require, according to...

Iran-bound Brazilian sugar ship hijacked off India

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An Iranian bulk carrier of Brazilian sugar was hijacked in the eastern Indian Ocean early with 23 crew on board, international shipping...

Plans for Salisbury Island elaborated

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The South African Navy has shared more details of how it plans to enlarge its presence at Salisbury Island in Durban. Salisbury...

Ghana Navy detains vessel with stolen oil

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Ghana's Navy has detained an oil tanker that was trying to offload oil stolen in Nigeria. The Ghana Armed Forces on Saturday said...

Nigerian militant arrested over the killing of four soldiers

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The Nigerian Navy has arrested a militant linked to last week's attack on marine police in the Niger Delta that left four...

Somali pirates want prisoner swap for ship

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Somali pirates holding a Panama-flagged vessel hijacked last month with goods destined for Somaliland have called for fellow pirates in jails in...

FGS Berlin destroys two pirate skiffs; disrupts attack

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The German warship FGS Berlin, on patrol with the European Union Naval Force off Somalia, has engineered the release of an Indian...

Pirates attack Dutch ship in Nigeria waters, kidnap 2

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Pirates opened fire on a Dutch cargo ship a few miles from the Nigeria's Port Harcourt, kidnapping the ship's master and an...

Navy may upgrade Naval Station Durban

Government might consider "re-opening" the former SA naval base on Salisbury Island in the Durban harbour, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans...

Speech: Nkoana-Mashabane: Conference on Somalia, London

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SA: Nkoana-Mashabane: Address by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, at a conference on Somalia, London  Honourable Chairperson and Prime Minister Honourable...

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