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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...

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...

Indian Navy rescues crew from hijacked ship off Somalia

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The Indian Navy has rescued all 21 crew members from the MV Lila Norfolk in the North Arabian Sea after it was boarded by...

EU monitoring hijacked vessel off Somalia

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The European Union Naval Force (EU NavFor) is closely monitoring the hijacked Maltese-flagged merchant vessel Ruen, which remains off the Somali coast. In a statement,...

Somali pirates are back in action but a full scale return...

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An Iranian fishing vessel, Almeraj 1, was reportedly hijacked by Somali pirates in November 2023. According to media reports, the pirates demanded $400 000...

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,...

Somali pirates strike again as Iranian fishing vessel highjacked

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After a lull of several years, Somali pirates are back in the news with reports of them having successfully attacked and seized an Iranian...

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...

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...

Royal Navy Warship HMS Trent strengthens maritime security partnership with Nigeria

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The Royal Navy’s offshore patrol vessel HMS Trent is once again visiting, Nigeria, reiterating its dedication to enhancing maritime security in West Africa. The...

Liberian Coast Guard rescues hijacked Chinese fishing vessel

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The Liberian Coast Guard has rescued 23 crew from a Chinese fishing vessel that was hijacked off the country’s coastline. The Armed Forces of Liberia...

Gulf of Guinea piracy on the up

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There’s concern about an increase in piracy in Gulf of Guinea waters off Africa’s west coast with the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) calling for...

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,...

Bulker Nyon boarded by pirates off West Africa

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The bulk carrier Nyon is the latest ship to have been attacked by West African pirates after being boarded by four armed men on...

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...

Where climate harms fisheries, piracy prospers – study

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A new study suggests that climate change is a key factor driving trends in maritime piracy off the coast of East Africa and the...

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...

Global piracy incidents continue to decline, including Gulf of Guinea

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Another drop in reported piracy incidents – this time for the first quarter of 2023 – does not mean the threat is over, with...

Another vessel boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea

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The Singapore-flagged tanker Success 9 has been boarded by pirates off the Ivory Coast in the latest attack in the region. Security company Praesidium International...

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...

Downward trend in piracy continues in the Gulf of Guinea

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Piracy appears to be on the decline with reported incidents in the Gulf of Guinea – long accepted as the world’s piracy hotspot –...

Nigeria and shipping industry launch strategy to eliminate Gulf of Guinea...

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The Government of Nigeria and shipping stakeholders have launched a strategy to end piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG). Despite a...

Piracy incidents at a 28-year low

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Proof that efforts to combat piracy across the world’s oceans are working comes from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), which reports the first half...

ASF to take on continental anti-piracy tasking

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The African Union (AU) go-to when armed reaction is needed to stop insurrection, conflict or other violence on the continent will also be part...

Combating piracy in the world’s most dangerous waters

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The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution on combating piracy in West Africa. Norway and Ghana introduced the initiative and led the...

Feature: Nigerian Navy makes giant strides in Gulf of Guinea operations

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The Nigerian Navy has made great strides over the past few years in its efforts to address maritime insecurity in West Africa and the...

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...

ISS: Is Somali piracy finally under control?

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Piracy off the coast of Somalia has long captivated the attention of the media and governments. But the expiry of the United Nations Security...

USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams completes Gulf of Guinea maritime security patrol

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The US Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB 4) has arrived at Naval Station Rota, Spain, following a successful maritime security...

Gulf of Guinea piracy down

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Just seven piracy incidents were recorded in the Gulf of Guinea, widely seen as the world’s piracy hotspot, in the first quarter of this...

Nigerian Navy, EU to strengthen cooperation on maritime security

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The first ever Joint Event on Strengthening Nigeria - EU Cooperation on Maritime Security was held at the Nigerian Navy’s Western Naval Command in...

Indian Ocean piracy on the decline, with Yemen conflict riskiest to...

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Piracy in the northern Indian Ocean has decreased over the last decade, and now the greatest threat to seafarers in the region is state-backed...

UN authorisation to fight piracy in Somali waters lapses

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has not extended a resolution for the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea within Somalia’s territorial...

Italian Navy frigate patrolling Gulf of Guinea

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The Italian Navy frigate Luigi Rizzo is patrolling the Gulf of Guinea on behalf of the European Union, with its main mission to prevent...

ISS: Beyond piracy – making waves in the Western Indian Ocean

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For almost two decades, maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean was associated with fighting pirates off the coast of Somalia. These initiatives now...

Apparent decline in West African piracy should be treated with caution

A decline last year in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, which has for some time been the epicentre of maritime crime, should be...

Gulf of Guinea states must act and prosecute suspected pirates, BIMCO...

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States in the Gulf of Guinea region must take responsibility and step-up prosecution efforts when pirates are apprehended by international navies, the Baltic and...

Piracy drops to 18 year low

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“Vigorous action” by authorities is cited as one reason for last year seeing the lowest recorded level of piracy and armed robbery at sea...

Maritime momentum in West Africa

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On 15 May 2020, 10 pirates boarded the Chinese-flagged Hailufeng 11, subdued the 18 crew members and turned off its automatic identification system (AIS)....

Six crew kidnapped off container ship in the Gulf of Guinea

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Six crew members have been kidnapped from the container vessel Tonsberg in the Gulf of Guinea in the latest pirate attack in the region. The...

UN Security Council adopts resolution to keep Somali pirates at bay

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The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution to combat the continuing threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia, as shipping and protection...

Russian Navy fends off pirates in the Gulf of Guinea

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A Russian Navy destroyer has fended off a pirate attack on a container ship near the western coast of Africa, Russia’s Defence Ministry said...

Danish frigate headed to Gulf of Guinea

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The Danish frigate Esbern Snare has departed Denmark for the Gulf of Guinea, where it will patrol for pirates and ensure law and order...

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,...

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...

Piracy down, but African countries still need to do more to...

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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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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