Stopping West African piracy is vital for Europe’s energy security

The Crimea crisis has focused our attention on the vexed question of Europe’s energy supplies. To a great extent Europe depends on Russia for its oil and gas, which gives Vladimir Putin disproportionate political leverage. One of the biggest possible alternative suppliers is the Gulf of Guinea, which is thought to have vast untapped reserves – but which is also a world epicentre of maritime crime. (more…)

SOMALIA: EU to start training Puntland Marine Forces

European Union announced to start giving direct financial support to Puntland state of Somalia.

The Union of European countries vowed to support the new government of Puntland headed by the President Abdiwali Gaas. (more…)

Somalia: 9 Convicted Somali Pirates Transferred to Puntland

A group of 9 Somali Pirates have been repatriated back to Puntland, to serve out the remainder of their sentences in Garowe Prison, the state’s capital. (more…)

Suspicious Activity Report: Bab el Mabdeb

MARLO has issued an alert to mariners following a report received from an oil tanker in the Bab el Mandeb on March 26th.  (more…)

Missing Taiwanese Fishing Vessel in Indian Ocean Causes Concern

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We picked up on the story below earlier and contacted the IMB, who were unaware. Additionally, Neptune has been in touch with naval coalition forces and its own embarked teams to ensure that as many ships in the region are aware of the missing fishing boat.

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The world has a new piracy hotspot

Sorry, Hollywood. It’s nowhere near Somalia.

BANGKOK — Maybe God has a soft spot for pirates. That would explain the Strait of Malacca, a natural paradise for seafaring bandits. (more…)

Confounding pirates—technology may be one step behind

by Benjamin Stevens

The wonders of modern technology never cease to amaze. In the 1970s, my parents’ generation watched as characters on the TV show Star Trek performed countless functions on hand-held devices. More recently, we saw characters in James Cameron’s Avatar who did everything from their tablet computers. Now we do all the same things. Science fiction is never far ahead of the times. (more…)

Somali pirates trial: Deposition of 18 foreigners begins

MUMBAI: The 18 foreign witnesses will begin deposition in the videoconferencing trial of the 120 Somali pirates, who are facing charges of murder, hijacking a ship and waging war against the Indian government, in a city court from Wednesday.  (more…)

West Africa: Sea Robbery in Bayelsa

We have received a report that a passenger craft was attacked by armed robbers (often called ‘pirates’ locally, although legally this is not the case) in the Southern Ijaw region of Nigeria. (more…)

Italy makes no progress in marines talks with India

Mogherini meets Khurshid in The Hague

Rome, March 25 – Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini said Tuesday that no progress was made in “frank” talks with her Indian counterpart in The Hague on the case of two Italian marines held in India for over two years for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen during an anti-piracy mission. “No steps forward or striking developments (came during the talks),” she said in Rome after meeting Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid during a summit on nuclear security. (more…)