Will The Day of The Last Somali Pirate Come?

Doubtful.

Even though some somali pirates have been retiring, as nicely summarized in this recent article on Somali Piracyin The Economist, piracy is just too damn lucrative. Especially given the other employment options available to the pirates. (more…)

RFA Fort Victoria stops in Gibraltar

ROYAL FLEET AUXILLARY (RFA) FORT VICTORIA will arrive in Gibraltar on Saturday, she on her way back to the UK following 3 years of continuous deployment.  (more…)

India to train Sri Lankan navy

The Indian navy has offered to train Sri Lankan Navy officers, the President’s office said today. (more…)

Commander: Over 2,000 Oil Tankers, Cargo Ships Escorted by Iranian Navy in High Seas
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari hailed his forces for maintaining security to the international waters by escorting hundreds of ships in the high seas. (more…)
Iran Navy saves Liberian-flagged vessel from pirates
Iranian naval forces have thwarted an attack by pirates on a Liberian-flagged vessel in the Indian Ocean, says Iran’s Navy commander. (more…)
NIA seeks death for Italian Marines; MHA for AG view

NEW DELHI: The home ministry, mindful that applying the Suppression of Unlawful Actsagainst Safety of Maritime Navigation Act (SUA) – which lays down death penalty for murder at sea — in the Italian marines case could have “far-reaching implications for diplomatic ties and implementation of international maritime conventions”, is treading cautiously on NIA’s request for sanction to prosecute the two marines under SUA. The ministry, sources said, is likely to seek the attorney general’s opinion in the matter. (more…)

MPHRP meets the MT Matrix crew

Roy Paul, MPHRP Programme Director, and Chirag Bahri, MPHRP Regional Director for South Asia, met with 2 Indian officers of the MT Matrix along with the crewing manager in Mumbai on 19th November 2013. MT Matrix was earlier boarded by Nigerian pirates on 9th October 2013 who abducted 4 Indian senior officers including the Master. The crew were later released after an undisclosed ransom payment was paid by the operators and a deal was stuck with the Nigerian pirates after 28 days of captivity. (more…)

USS DE WERT Concludes Counter-Piracy Deployment

DE WERT Concludes Deployment

INDIAN OCEAN — Commander of NATO`s counter-piracy Task Force 508, Commodore Henning Amundsen, visited USS DE WERT yesterday in advance of the ship’s departure from NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD next week.  (more…)

Japan’s New Anti-Piracy Law Set to Take Effect

Japan’s new anti-piracy law will take effect on Saturday, 17 days after it was enacted by the Diet, the nation’s parliament, the transport ministry announced this week. (more…)

Two Japanese naval ships arrive at Sri Lanka port

Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed two Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ships arrived at the Port of Colombo on Thursday. (more…)