Yemeni militants name French Total company as target

Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Yemen have threatened to attack facilities belonging to the French oil company, Total. (more…)

Navy chief warns criminals in Nigeria’s territorial waters

By PHILIP NWOSU

Nigerian Navy has warned pirates and other criminal elements operating within the coast of West Africa to desist or come under the hammer of a combined force of the sub-regional navies. (more…)

Nigeria: Pirates Kill Three Soldiers in Bayelsa, Snatch Gunboat

By Arodiegwu Eziukwu

Gunmen suspected to be pirates have allegedly attacked and killed three soldiers of the Joint Task Force, JTF, Operation Pulo Shield in the Nembe axis of Bayelsa, maritime workers in the area have said. (more…)

Law returns to pirate hunting grounds

Stephen Spark

Coastguard operations in Somaliland and the Seychelles this week suggest countries previously plagued by piracy are increasingly able to protect their territorial waters. (more…)

Police Recover Machine Gun, Rifles From Sea Pirates In Rivers

Men of the Rivers State police command, on Friday, recovered one general purpose machine gun (GPMG), one G3 rifle, 85 rounds of live ammunition, five assorted phones and the sum of N22,450 from sea pirates operating along the Opobo Queen Town Sea in the state. (more…)

Somalia: Puntland launches new counter Piracy camp in Eyl district

Puntland’s Maritime police Chief Abdirisaq Diriye has laid foundation stone for a new Counter piracy camp in Eyl seaside district despite the state was suffering growing piracy threats in the last five years. (more…)

More hijackings in troubled Asian waters

Pirates have so far this year hijacked 13 vessels in Asian waters.

Compare this to last year, where there were only three reported cases, so this is a worrying trend, said Mr Noel Choong of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). (more…)

Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Togo Meet to Protect Gulf of Guinea

Bassey Inyang in Calabar

Four countries comprising the ECOWAS Maritime Pilot Zone E; Republic of Benin, Nigeria, Niger, and Togo met in Calabar, Cross River State, yesterday to formally agree on the final operational plan and resource commitment towards securing the Gulf of Guinea from activities of criminals. (more…)

Anti-piracy fight gains momentum as Japan and Seychelles sign exchange agreement

By: John Lablache and Wanjohi Kabukuru

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Japan and Seychelles covering the conditions of transfer of suspected pirates and seized property, was signed on Thursday in Indian Ocean island nation’s Port of Victoria. (more…)

NATO hosts latest Counter Piracy conference in Bahrain

Representatives from international counter-piracy organisations, as well as nations deploying warships independently, have come to together in Bahrain to discuss how they can best work together to combat the threat posed to shipping by criminal gangs from Somalia. (more…)