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Another ship damaged by Houthi missiles

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Houthi rebels have hit another merchant vessel off Yemen, damaging a cargo ship transiting the Red Sea. The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said in...

Impact of Red Sea crisis on Africa – red flag or...

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Still reeling from the effects of COVID-19 and the Ukraine war, African countries face yet another geopolitical hurdle with the Red Sea crisis and...

Red Sea maritime situation worsens

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Threats to maritime safety in the Red Sea have widened and now include the Gulf of Aden and north-western Indian Ocean. Last week and during...

Houthi militant attacks in the Red Sea raise fears of Somali...

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Renewed attacks on ships by suspected Somali pirates since November 2023 have fuelled fear of a new threat of piracy off the east coast...

Indian Navy rescues another pirated vessel off Somalia

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The Indian Navy has foiled two hijackings by Somali pirates within days, rescuing 19 crew in the latest incident off the Horn of Africa. The...

US commits $45 million to West African coastal security

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has, during a visit to Cote d’Ivoire, committed $45 million in new funding to help the country and...

Africa needs a stronger voice on resolving the Red Sea crisis

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The Red Sea crisis is now a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) priority, with three meetings held this year already. Following several months of...

Red Sea crisis: expert unpacks Houthi attacks and other security threats

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Recent attacks on commercial vessels by Houthi militia in the Red Sea have put the vital shipping region in the spotlight. The Yemen-based rebels...

US and UK military launch attacks against Houthi targets in Yemen...

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Following repeated attacks using UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), anti-ship and ballistic missiles and a manned multiple boat attack on commercial and US and UK...

IMB concerned about first ship hijacking off Somalia in six years

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The just released 2023 International Maritime Bureau (IMB) piracy report notes a slight increase in incidents and expresses concern over the first successful hijacking...

Houthi rebel Red Sea attacks and the threat of escalation and...

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US and UK warships have repelled a mass drone attack launched by Yemeni Houthis rebels at commercial shipping in the Red Sea. The incident,...

US and UK counter large Houthi attack in Red Sea

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United States and United Kingdom forces in the Red Sea have countered a large Houthi attack directed at merchant vessels in international shipping lanes,...

Agaléga, India’s semi-secret Indian Ocean naval base

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India has been quietly turning an Indian Ocean tropical island into a strategic naval outpost. The Indian Ocean island is one of two Agaléga islands...

Houthi hijacking in the Red Sea a disturbing escalation – Dryad

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The Bahamian flagged M/V Galaxy Leader was the target of a Houthi insurgent hijacking, approximately 50 nautical miles west of Hodeida in the Red...

Norwegian tanker Strinda struck by missile in Red Sea

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A Norwegian registered and operated oil and chemical products tanker, Strinda (IMO 9330771), was hit by a missile launched from Yemen at about midnight...

Progress being made in fixing SA Navy – Lobese

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Submarine and frigate refits, new inshore patrol vessels and a new hydrographic survey vessel are some of the markers of progress the SA Navy...

Missile and drone attacks on Israeli linked ships in Red Sea

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Several Israeli-linked commercial ships have diverted around the Cape to avoid sailing through the Suez Canal and Red Sea, as number of other ships...

Suspected pirates apprehended off Somalia

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Suspected pirates aboard a hijacked Iranian fishing boat have surrendered to Somali police after being monitored by European Union Operation Atalanta assets. On 22 November,...

Coastal waters turning into ‘world’s biggest transnational crime scene’

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Africa’s coastal nations are fighting a rising tide of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, piracy, and drug smuggling. A recent report by the Institute...

Gulf of Guinea countries join forces to secure maritime domain

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Shipowners operating in the Gulf of Guinea received a piracy alert in late June after a Swiss bulk carrier vessel was boarded and some...

Africa’s ocean of organised crime

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The ocean is central to global illicit trade. Criminal networks plunder marine resources, scour shipping lanes for vessels to hijack, and traverse coastal state...

Here’s why Somali piracy, once an unsolvable security threat, has almost...

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In 2011, pirates carried out 212 attacks in a vast area spanning Somali waters, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Gulf of...

The Gambia redoubles efforts to scupper maritime drug trafficking

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The Gambia is a key transit point for South American cocaine being smuggled to Europe. In February, over 800 kg of cocaine that had...

US-supplied vessels bolster Ghana’s maritime security

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In a significant development for maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently commissioned four vessels into Ghana...

SA Navy in attendance at IMDEC 2023 in Ghana

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South African Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Monde Lobese, is one of the dignitaries attending the third International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEC 2023)...

Piracy in West Africa dropped in 2022, but criminals are moving...

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Piracy and maritime crime continued to decline in the Gulf of Guinea last year, largely in response to heightened regional and international anti-piracy efforts,...

Piracy at lowest level in three decades helps reduce annual ship...

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Maritime piracy is at its lowest level in nearly three decades, with the improved situation in the Gulf of Guinea contributing to the downward...

Africa’s oceans are being protected to serve the interests of big...

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Africa’s valuable ocean resources have drawn the interest of foreign nations, particularly those in the West and Asia. How they exploit these resources can be...

Combined Maritime Forces seizes $23 million in illegal drugs in Indian...

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A partner-nation warship operating in support of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 has seized illegal drugs worth a total estimated US street value of...

Cutlass Express 2023 sharpens maritime security skills, promotes collaboration

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Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Kenya has declined significantly since the country established a Coast Guard in 2018. That is according to Timothy...

Leaders discuss shared issues at first African Maritime Forces Summit

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Maritime leaders from 31 of Africa’s 38 coastal countries gathered in Cabo Verde in late March to discuss collaborative strategies to tackle sea crime...

BIRD Aerosystems maritime patrol aircraft demo for NIMASA nets polluting vessel

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A live demonstration of its Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence and Observation (ASIO) maritime solution by Israel’s BIRD Aerosystems for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety...

NIMASA gets more Aresa boats from Spain

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has been revealed as the customer for five new Aresa 1300 Sentinel II patrol boats, becoming...

Multinational approach delivering results in countering smuggling in Arabian Sea

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Despite the growing effectiveness of maritime operations along the route from Iran to Yemen, drug and weapons trafficking remains a serious threat with consequences...

US Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returns home after 88-day African patrol

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The crew of the USCGC Spencer returned to their home port in Portsmouth on 10 March following an 88-day deployment to Africa. During the patrol,...

Tanzania now part of Mozambique Channel patrols – SADC maritime committee

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Southern African regional maritime security has long been led by South Africa evidenced by ongoing – although irregular – patrols in the Mozambique Channel. This...

Exercise Obangame Express 2023 kicks off in Lagos

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Obangame Express (OE23), the largest multinational maritime exercise in Western and Central Africa, kicked off its 12th year with 32 participating nations on 23...

ISS: Can a new wave of drone tech make Africa’s seas...

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The growing sophistication and affordability of unmanned systems could ease Africa’s shortage of maritime security resources. On 29 October, Ukraine attacked Russian naval ships in...

Exercise Grand African Nemo held off West Africa

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The multinational maritime exercise Grand African Nemo 2022 that was held off the coast of West Africa last week involved 27 local and foreign...

Ghana has developed a maritime policy. Here is what it means

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Ghana has an abundance of marine resources. They include fisheries, hydrocarbon reserves, inland waterways and ports that are located along important international shipping lanes....

Naval infantry feels the ‘momentum’

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The word “momentum” was repeated often during the first in-person Naval Infantry Leaders Symposium-Africa (NILS-A) recently held in Dakar, Senegal. For security leaders attending...

Feature: South Africa needs an integrated national maritime security strategy

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The South African Navy is unable to be responsible for the nation’s maritime security by itself, and an integrated maritime security strategy is required...

Cyber security becoming integral to maritime security

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Maritime security is increasingly becoming impossible to achieve without ensuring cyber security, and the ability of states to protect their maritime assets and critical...

IMO members commit to combating maritime security threats in the Indian...

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Signatory States to the revised Code of Conduct concerning the repression of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in the western...

NATO Operation Sea Guardian concludes security patrols in Mediterranean

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NATO's Operation Sea Guardian (OSG) has concluded maritime security patrols in the Western Mediterranean Sea after two weeks at sea. NATO’s Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)...

Royal Navy’s seizure of smuggled Iranian missiles in the Gulf of...

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The Royal Navy warship HMS Montrose earlier this year seized dozens of packages containing advanced weaponry, including surface-to-air-missiles and engines for land attack cruise...

Technology reveals hidden vessels

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Satellite radar and machine learning technology have been used to reveal previously unseen vessel activity around the world. International non-profit organisation Global Fishing Watch earlier...

Attack against yacht off Yemen highlights need for continued maritime security

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Armed men attacked and attempted to board the sailing yacht Lakota off the coast of Yemen on 19 May but the vessel has been...

Indian Ocean Commission helps Africa’s island states fight sea crime

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The Baba Ali, a Seychellois fishing vessel, was passing through the Seychelles exclusive economic zone (EEZ) when authorities intercepted it in May 2021. Through an...

Major decline in West African piracy, but Gulf of Guinea remains...

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Piracy off West African in 2021 declined dramatically – almost by half compared to the previous year – but the region still remains the...

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