Monthly Archives: September 2014

Navy hails new strategy against oil theft

BY CHUKWUDI AKASIKE

The Nigerian Navy has lauded the new ‘choke points’ strategy used in the fight against oil theft, adding that the effort has saved the country billions of Naira that could have been lost to illegal oil bunkering and pipeline vandalization. Continue reading

Somalia cracks down on illegal fishing

Bosaso, Somalia – A region in Somalia is cracking down on an upsurge in illegal fishing off its coast as fleets flock to waters where foreign naval forces have been taking on the pirates that make fishing a risky business. Continue reading

NATO and Japan conduct first ever joint counter-piracy drill

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NATO and Japan conducted a joint counter-piracy drill in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday (25 September 2014) to test communications and tactical skills. It was the first such joint naval exercise between the two maritime fleets. “By synchronizing our activities and sharing information we stand a much better chance to secure the waters in the region and thereby keeping the sea lanes safe and secure,” said Commodore Aage Buur Jensen, the commander of NATO’s counter-piracy mission, Operation Ocean Shield. Continue reading

Seafarers – forgotten victims of maritime piracy

BY RITA PAYNE

With conflict and bloodshed in the Middle East, Ukraine and other parts of the world dominating international attention, one issue has dropped off the headlines – the human cost of piracy and maritime crime. This applies especially to the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa where piracy is escalating. Although the actual number of attacks on vessels may not be exceptionally high, the trauma suffered by seafarers affected by violence is having a devastating impact on them and their families. Continue reading

India lacks legal system to prosecute pirates: Ranjit Sinha

New Delhi: CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Wednesday said that the Indian legal system lacks clear and unambiguous mechanism to prosecute maritime pirates. Continue reading

SA Navy to go after pirates

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The navy will deploy warships to Africa’s west coast as far north as the Gulf of Guinea.

The deployments, early next year, will involve frigates and possibly submarines. Continue reading

Somalia: Five Dead in Somali Pirate fight Over Ransom

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A group of Somali pirates exchanged heavy gunfire on Thursday over a ransom they received for releasing an American Journalist, Residents have confirmed. Continue reading