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Exercise Obangame Express 2024 wraps up

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After two weeks of varied, collaborative training throughout Africa’s West Coast and the Gulf of Guinea, 32 participating nations marked the successful conclusion of...

Piracy rears its head once more with another attack in the...

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Half a dozen pirates have been apprehended by Operation Atalanta naval forces after an attempted attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of...

Thirteenth iteration of Exercise Obangame Express underway

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The thirteenth iteration of Exercise Obangame Express commenced with an opening ceremony held at the Cadet School of Libreville in Gabon last week. ‘Obangame’ means...

Maritime Security Symposium focuses on collaboration against common foes

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The joint African Maritime Forces Summit and Naval Infantry Leaders Symposium-Africa brought together naval and coast guard leaders from 30 African countries and nearly...

Another Houthi UAV falls to Op Aspides

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Another add to its successes in keeping Red Sea shipping safe from Houthi attacks came when the Italian Navy vessel ITS Virginio Fasan (F591)...

African Maritime Forces Summit, Naval Infantry Leaders Symposium-Africa underway in Ghana

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Governmental and military leaders from more than 40 countries on four continents have kicked off the second annual African Maritime Forces Summit (AMFS) and...

Houthi drone attacks diverted MSC Orion in Arabian Sea

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Reports by the Houthis in Yemen claim that a drone attack was successfully carried out on another MSC container ship, MSC Orion (IMO 9857157). What...

CTF 150 concludes successful drug intervention off African coast

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The Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), operating in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman,...

Houthi attacks on Red Sea and Gulf of Aden ships continue

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Yemen’s Houthis claim to have made further attacks on ships with ties to Israel, the UK and USA in recent days. Some of these ‘ties’...

Turkish warship visits Somalia

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Heading to Japan to mark a centenary of bilateral relations, the Turkish Navy warship TCG Kinaliada is visiting Somalia as one of the 20...

Red Sea and Western Indian Ocean attacks expose Africa’s maritime vulnerability

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Attacks on shipping in the Red Sea by the Houthi militia in Yemen have exposed the vulnerability of African maritime security. Since November 2023,...

Nigeria shows that emerging technology can help protect waters

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Nine crew members aboard a chemical tanker headed from Côte d’Ivoire to Cameroon were abducted by pirates in January as the ship sailed near...

Chinese tanker targeted by Houthi anti-ship missiles

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A Chinese owned and operated crude oil tanker, the 115 449-dwt Huang Pu (IMO 9402469) became the target of a number of Houthi-fired anti-ship...

India, Mozambique and Tanzania holding joint maritime exercise IMT Trilat

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Two Indian naval vessels, the cadet training ship INS Tir (A86) and the Sukanya-class patrol ship INS Sujata (P56), are participating in the India...

Technology to protect South Africa’s oceans: experts find that a data-driven...

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Nine years ago South Africa put in place an innovative information management system designed to monitor and protect its seas. The country is surrounded...

West Africa’s coast was a haven for piracy and illegal fishing...

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The Gulf of Guinea – a coastal region that stretches from Senegal to Angola – is endowed with vast reserves of hydrocarbon, mineral and...

Houthi attacks continue as Italian destroyer gets into the action

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There has been little let-up in the ongoing drama off the Yemeni coast in both the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, with further...

Houthi’s may have scuttled abandoned British bulker Rubymar

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Reports coming out of the Middle East suggest the Houthi militia may have had a hand in scuttling the drifting UK-owned bulk carrier Rubymar. British...

Rubymar becomes first vessel to sink after Houthi attack

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Over the last four months, Houthi forces have attacked dozens of vessels in and around the Red Sea, with the first recorded sinking taking...

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...