Ghana: Regulations needed to protect oil rigs

Ghana requires “well-crafted regulations” designed specifically to protect its offshore oil rigs from potential threats like piracy and terrorism, Naval Captain Emmanuel Ayensu Kwarfo, Director of Naval Training of the Ghana Navy, has said. (more…)

Japanese PM Abe makes a peculiar stop in Djibouti to commend SDF troops

Before completing the 4-nation tour in the Middle East, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a quick visit in Djibouti, a small African country by the Red Sea. Some may have considered it unusual until realized what the prime minister aimed for. The Republic of Djibouti has hosted Japanese troops deployed under the Maritime Self-Defense Forces, and is the only permanent base of the SDF outside Japan. (more…)

Nigeria: Rising insecurity threatens African maritime industry – FG

By EVELYN  USMAN

LAGOS—THE Federal Government has raised alarm that the economic opportunities in African maritime industry are being threatened by the rising insecurity in the continent’s waters, calling on littoral states to defend their maritime sector against criminals for exploitation of the resources. (more…)

Tanker insurance could leap 45% if Syria strikes proceed

Doha: Any military intervention into Syria could see insurance premiums for tankers leap by as much as 45%, a leading economist has warned. (more…)

Birmingham minicab owner rescued Somali pirate hostages

Ed Grandison, 46, from Kings Norton, is a Royal Navy Reservist who was serving on fast fleet tanker Wave Knight, spearhead of a crackdown on piracy (more…)

EU to boost anti-piracy efforts in W. Africa

The European Union said Wednesday that it was preparing to increase security efforts in the Gulf of Guinea, the West African maritime region that has become a global piracy hotspot. (more…)

Somalia: Mudug judiciary release pirates after receiving bribess from pirates kings

Mudug governor of Puntland section has said that senior regional judiciary officials released pirates from prison after they have been paid bribes. Mohamed Jaamac Tigey who was speaking with local media in Galkacyo has referred the insecurity in Mudug region and in the region’s capital of Galkacyo to the growing number of the pirates entering the town recently. (more…)

Nigeria: Four sea pirates feared dead after shootout with Navy

By Abel Krabee

About four suspected sea pirates were feared dead Tuesday while na aval officer, Seaman, Barau Ibrahim, suffered a gunshot wound after a shootout with men of the NNS Victory of the Nigerian Navy in Calabar along the Calabar channel. (more…)

Multi-national Exercise Oxide aims to combat piracy through collaboration

Written by Kim Helfrich

The three combat arms of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) will all, to a greater or lesser extent, be part of an intensive five day multi-national exercise concentrating on counter-piracy operations starting on Monday. (more…)

Nigeria state revenues tumble 42 pct in July due to oil outages

* July sees lowest monthly revenues this year

* Oil theft hitting govt finances

* Excess crude account holds $5.1 bln vs $9 bln end 2012

ABUJA, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s government revenues slumped 42 percent in July due to oil theft and production outages, the accountant general said on Friday, underscoring how oil theft is damaging public finances this year. (more…)