RAPPICC One Year Into Combating Piracy

THE FIRST anniversary of the opening of the Seychelles Regional Anti-Piracy Prosecution and Intelligence Coordination Centre (RAPPICC) was marked Tuesday, February 25. It is located at what is now known as the National Security Campus on Bois de Rose Avenue in Seychelles. (more…)

‘SUA not applicable in Italian marines case’, says Shinde

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shindehas justified government’s decision of dropping of anti-piracy charges against two Italian marines, under the stringent Suppression of Unlawful Acts against Safety of Maritime Navigation Act (SUA), 2002. (more…)

30th Italian Naval Group to visit Ghana

The 30th Naval Group of the Italian Navy, composed by aircraft carrier Cavour, supply ship Etna and frigate Bergamini, is expected to arrive in Ghana on Wednesday March 5, the Italian Embassy in Ghana has announced. (more…)

Japan moves to relax arms-export ban

Japan’s ruling party wants to loosen self-imposed rules banning arms exports in a bid to boost the country’s defence influence, a report said on Wednesday, a move that would mark a major shift from its pacifism and could irritate China. (more…)

Tanzania yet to sign anti-piracy protocol

BY JAMES KANDOYA

Tanzania is yet to sign the protocol against piracy endorsed by the other East African and Indian Ocean littoral states, it has been learnt. (more…)

Tanker hijacked off Angola in Jan returned, minus $8 million of diesel

(Reuters) – An oil tanker hijacked for a week off Angola in January has been returned to the country’s authorities, a board member at state oil firm Sonangol said on Tuesday, adding that the hijackers had stolen diesel worth $8 million from the ship. (more…)

Senators troubled by accused pirate’s acquittal

By JOSH GERSTEIN

Two Republican senators questioning a Justice Department nominee Tuesday expressed strong concern over the acquittal of an alleged Somali pirate prosecuted in federal court in Washington and the implications for decisions to bring foreign terrorism suspects onto U.S. soil. (more…)

Egyptian court sentences 26 people to death for plotting Suez Canal attack

(Reuters) – An Egyptian court sentenced 26 people to death on Wednesday for plotting attacks on ships passing through the Suez Canal, judicial source said. (more…)

Qatar to upgrade maritime security

BY MOHAMMAD SHOEB

DOHA: Qatar plans to place big orders for defence equipment, naval ships and submarines at the upcoming Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2014) to upgrade maritime security, said the Assistant Minister of State for Defence Financial Affairs H E Brigadier Dr Thani A Rahman Al Kuwari. (more…)

Two Kenyans held by Somali pirates ‘are cousins’ – Seafarers Union

By GALGALO BOCHA

The two Kenyan engineers abducted by suspected Somali pirates last month in Mogadishu are close family members from Nairobi’s Rongai area, the Seafarers Union of Kenya has revealed. (more…)