Monthly Archives: July 2015

IONS working group examines counter piracy solutions

Written by Commander N.Mahlangu, SA Navy

The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium Counter Piracy Working Group gathered in Pretoria last weekend to look at counter piracy solutions for the Indian Ocean region. Continue reading

Here be pirates: Why Southeast Asia needs to boost maritime cooperation

Elliot Brennan

On 1 April, a Malaysia-flagged tanker was attacked and hijacked by 15 to 25 armed pirates off the coast of Borneo. The crew was held hostage at gunpoint while the pirates transferred the tanker’s gas cargo to their own vessel before escaping. The incident, reported in the International Maritime Bureau’s report this week on Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships, is just one of a growing number of hijackings and maritime robbery incidents across Southeast Asia.  Continue reading

Buhari effect: No piracy in Nigerian waters in June

Pirates on Nigerian waters went to sleep in June, in the first month after President Muhammadu Buhari took over the reins of power from Goodluck Jonathan. Continue reading

Why Buhari Fired Controversial NIMASA DG Akpobolokemi


President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday terminated the appointment of Mr. Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi as Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). The termination of Mr. Akpobolokemi’s appointment takes immediate effect, Femi Adesina, spokesperson for the President said in a statement. Continue reading

ReCAAP ISC posts 18% rise of incidents in 1H15

Titus Zheng

Singapore-headquartered anti-piracy organisation ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) has recorded 106 piracy incidents in Southeast Asia in the first half of 2015 (1H15), an increase of 18% year on year. Continue reading

Tompolo’s Arrangement With Buhari’s Govt Remain Intact – NIMASA

Nigeria – NIMASA has rubbished reports that the federal government has broken off its relationship with Tompolo’s company which is in charge of pipeline security in parts of the country. Continue reading

Dryad Maritime: Of PMSCs and cheap parachutes

Portsmouth: What do many private maritime security companies and cheap parachutes have in common? It sounds like the start of nautical joke, but is in fact an important part of an argument put forward by Graeme Brooks in today’s Maritime CEO interview. The ceo of UK-based Dryad Maritime, a maritime risk advisory company, reckons that the role and number of PMSCs is set for a huge change in the coming months. Continue reading