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Kenya calls for joint efforts to combat piracy in Africa

Kenya challenged African countries to establish an inter-agency coordination to help in the fight piracy. James Macharia, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development said that piracy is still on the rise in the continent hence the need to domesticate anti-piracy laws for effective prosecution measures. “It is important that a maximum continental collaboration is forged to help solve problems faced by most countries,” Macharia said during celebrations to mark Africa’s Day of the Seas and Oceans in Nairobi. He noted that maritime crimes such as illegal ...

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Fight against Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Given a Boost with Cooperation between ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and OCIMF

The safety of navigation is vital to the safety, security and economic activities of all stakeholders traversing sea routes in Asia—the region with some of the busiest seas in the world. Recognising this shared interest, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre and Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on July 24, 2017 in London to boost the fight against piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. The MOU will see the ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 15 – 21 July 2017

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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The Somali pirates are back (SPOILER ALERT: they never really left)

“We hate you. It’s your fault that we are sitting here like animals in a cage. It’s humiliating that white men always come and take photos of us and repeat the same stupid questions,” scoffs the pirates’ spokesman, Abdi Mahad. There are 47 ex-pirates locked up in Garowe, most of them serving decades-long sentences. According to the prison warden, only the lowest ranking pirates are doing time in the EU-funded facility, along with soldiers from the jihadist insurgent group al-Shabab, petty cattle thieves, and domestic abusers. This is what the ...

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Nigerian warships begin anti-piracy deployment in Gulf of Guinea

Nigeria has deployed warships and troops in a massive operation to end pirates’ attacks on local and international merchant ships in the Gulf of Guinea, the Nigerian navy said. The operation sought to contain high spate of attacks by thieves on critical oil and gas installations and other criminality prevalent in the nation’s territorial waters, the country’s Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Iboke-Ete Ibas, said. He spoke at the launch of the special operation, code-named “Tsare Teku V”, in Onne, Rivers State. The operation was a continuation of ...

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Nigerian Navy Says Pirate Attacks Fall 68% From 2016

The Nigerian navy said pirate attacks in the country’s territorial waters fell 68 percent year-on-year in the first half of this year. “In the first half of 2016, 53 pirate attacks on shipping were recorded with 36 successful,” Suleman Dahun, the navy’s director of information, said Wednesday in an emailed statement. “In the corresponding period in 2017, only four successful attacks occurred out of a total of 17 attempted attacks.” The drop in cases was the result of the navy’s “enhanced patrols” of the country’s Atlantic waters to deter pirates ...

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Piracy watchdog urges rerouting ships in Sulu-Celebes Sea as sailors killed

With the Philippine-based terrorist group, the Abu Sayyaf, executing three Vietnamese sailors this month, a regional watchdog on piracy has urged the shipping industry to exercise extreme caution and even re-route their vessels to avoid the dangerous areas. “Although there have been no new abductions since May, the situation is not yet stable,” ReCAAP Executive Director Masafumi Kuroki said Tuesday during the release of its half-yearly update on the status of piracy in Asia. Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia, or ReCAAP, is ...

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Navy seize 5 vessels, arrest 76 suspected oil thieves in Rivers

The Nigerian Navy says it has impounded five vessels and two metallic barges illegally transporting 1,690 metric tons of diesel, in an operation in Rivers. Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Eastern Naval Command, Rear Adm. Victor Adedipe, said on Thursday that the command had handed over the vessels, barges and 76 suspects to prosecuting security agencies in Onne, Rivers. The 76 all-male crew members on board the vessels were received by operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Adedipe said ...

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Global maritime security incidents continue to decline, despite surges in piracy off the Horn of Africa

Specialist risk consultancy Control Risks has recorded a 15% decrease in global maritime security incidents in the first half of the year, compared with the same period in 2016. This has been driven by a significant decline in maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, which in 2016 experienced the highest levels of piracy and armed robbery ever recorded in the region. There was also a notable decline in kidnap incidents from vessels in South-east Asia compared to the latter half of 2016, partly due to the successful efforts of ...

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ReCAAP Reports Lowest Number Of Piracy & Armed Robbery Incidents in Asia Since 2007, During First Half of the Year

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) today released its Half-Yearly (January-June 2017) Report. Highlights of the ReCAAP ISC Half-Yearly (January-June 2017) Report[1], whose information is verified by the respective government enforcement agencies, also known as Focal Points, and regional authorities, include: § Incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia continued to decline, with 36 reported incidents reported by government enforcement agencies in the region. This represents the lowest total number of incidents since 2007. ...

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Nigeria loses $1.5bn to piracy monthly, says Dogara

Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, says Nigeria loses an estimated sum of $1.5 billion to piracy monthly. Dogara said this on Monday while opening a public hearing on the bill to amend the maritime operations coordinating board act. The speaker said according to 2012 reports, the number of vessels attacked in the West African sub-region had reached a world record high. He said the increasing attacks in the Gulf of Guinea has given countries in the sub-region a negative image. “The increasing level of attacks and violence ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 08 – 14 July 2017

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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BIMCO-SAPU Roadshows Provided Critical Information to Avoid Piracy Incidents

This year’s BIMCO – SAPU Roadshows’ clearly presented the good that can come out when able and willing industry professionals meet, exchange ideas and share viewpoints on the critical matters that tantalize Maritime Security. • The Somali Piracy come-back that emerged from the combination of relaxed security measures on board merchant shipping and looser Navy presence was the first issue to be analysed. • How the Nigerian Piracy model evolved through time from oil siphoning to Kidnap & Ransom was presented along with what the industry can do about it. ...

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The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) publishes its second quarter report on piracy and armed robbery for 2017

The IMB has published its report on piracy and armed robbery for the second quarter of 2017, covering the period from 1 January to 30 June 2017. The report highlights continuing decline in the number of incidents of maritime piracy. 87 incidents have been reported in the first six months of 2017, with 63 ships boarded, eight attempted attacks, four ships hijacked and 12 ships fired upon. This represents a decrease from 2016 when there were 97 reported incidents in the same period. In relation to crew, the IMB reports ...

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Piracy rises in Nigeria amid drop in regional malaise

This comes as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), approved a revised implementation scheme for ships relating to the Ballast Water Management Convention, allowing for a two-year delay of compliance for existing ships. • IMO accepts delay of ballast water compliance scheme The rate of maritime piracy has assumed a downward trend on the Gulf of Guinea recording the lowest levels in five years.However, it is not fully cheery news for Nigeria, as recent report by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) rated the incidence higher ...

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