Monthly Archives: April 2014

PMCs: The End or the Beginning?

Maritime Security News Note: This article is reproduced with permission of the author, Claude Berube, and CIMSEC.

This feature is special to our Private Military Contractor (PMC)’s Week – a look at PMCs’ utility and future, especially in the maritime domain.

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Standard Club welcomes new Guardcon West Africa


The Standard Club has praised Bimco’s adaptation of its Guardcon contract for use in security arrangements off West Africa.

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Air Force doing its bit for border protection and counter-piracy


Written by Kim Helfrich

The resource-stressed SA Air Force (SAAF) is still, to paraphrase Deputy Chief Major General Jerry Malinga, undertaking and completing the tasks assigned it.

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Two More Crew Kidnapped in Nigeria

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For some reason, I missed this the other day. However, a report has come in that the Captain and Chief Engineer of an MT were abducted by gunmen on April 12th.

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Preparing for the pirates (VIDEO)

SSG-N Exercise 2014 from on Vimeo.


magine yourself on a luxury cruise liner. Imagine also some others wanting to be on that ship. And what if they are pirates?

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Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea: Assessing the Threats, Preparing the Response

Why has the Gulf of Guinea replaced the Horn of Africa as the global center for maritime piracy? According to experts convened by the International Peace Institute, the reasons include economic deprivation, poor governance, pollution, poor natural resources management, and the ongoing crisis in the Sahel region.

By Mireille Mindzie and Fiona Blyth for International Peace Institute (IPI)

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