More collaboration, interaction between defence forces of Singapore, Indonesia

Both countries’ defence ministers reaffirmed long-standing cooperation and friendship between both Armed Forces and agreed on four new initiatives going forward. (more…)

EUCAP Nestor to Set Up a Base in the Puntland Region of Somalia

The European Union’s Maritime Capacity Building Mission in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean (EUCAP Nestor) will set up a base in Puntland. The move comes after between Puntland President, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, and the EU Civilian Operations Commander for all Civilian Common Security Defense Policy Missions, Mr. Kenneth Dean in Garowe on Wednesday (January 27) . (more…)

Southeast Asia hijackers caught red-handed

Incident Update Sun Birdie (29 Jan 15)

RecAAP reports that the MT Sun Birdie, presumed hijacked on January 28th, has been successfully located by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency off Malaysia.  (more…)

HMS Dauntless arrives East of Suez

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Type 45 destroyer HMS Dauntless has arrived in the Middle East to continue the Royal Navy’s unwavering fight against terrorism and piracy.

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The threat of piracy in the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca increase

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By Martin Sieff

Piracy in the South China Sea has increased – 23 ships hijacked in 2014 – led to the holding of the Regional Cooperation Agreement for crushing Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia in [ ReCAAP ] for international calls for increased patrols. (more…)

Somalia: Bank helped Somali piracy and al Qaeda

For the last 3 years , Salam Somali Bank established its branches inside and outside of Somalia and neighboring countries such as Djibouti. (more…)

Piracy in Ghana: Is Accra Still in Denial?

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Last week was a difficult one for Accra. To begin with, Ghanaian government websites, including the navy homepage, were infiltrated by a little-known Turkish hacker group called ‘Alsancak Tim’. This would have been bad enough for naval and other department officials, had Ghanaian leaders not already come under fire over their maritime-policing capabilities following yet another pirate assault. Indeed, just 7 days prior to the cyberattack on 21 January 2015, 8 armed assailants – allegedly Nigerian nationals – shelled the MT OCEAN SPLENDOR, a Panama-flagged bulk carrier that had been adrift 157 nautical miles (nm) south east of the Ghanaian capital. Of course, neither incident can be described as being related. Nevertheless, from cyber security to maritime security, Accra appears to be on the public relations defensive, by promising that swift justice will be brought to any and all criminal perpetrators in country – whether they be online or in the sea. (more…)

Email could exonerate Enrica Lexie marines

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ROME – A document might exonerate Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre , the two marinesarrested in India for killing two fishermen in February 2012. This is the email with which the commander dell’Enrica Lexie, the cargo on board of which were serving the riflemen of the Navy, warned the authorities of being attacked by pirates. (more…)

Court remands 8 Nigerian pirates into prison custody

The eight suspected pirates arrested by the Ghana Navy aboard vessel, MT Mariam, have been remanded into prison custody by the Adjabeng Magistrate Court in Accra. (more…)

HMS Kent keeps the heat on, swapping counter-terrorism for counter-piracy patrols

Fresh from a successful period supporting the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter-terrorism task force, Royal Navy warship HMS Kent is now supporting CMF’s counter-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. (more…)