Norwegian aid agency admits negligence in Kenya kidnap case


LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Norwegian Refugee Council admitted negligence, but denied gross negligence, in the final day of a trial involving a former employee kidnapped from a refugee camp in Kenya in 2012. (more…)

Somalia’s new pirates

Fishing in Somali waters must not be allowed to remain a free-for-all, where far-flung foreign fleets exploit the ecosystem in unsustainable ways, says Somalian president Hassan Sheikh Mahmud. (more…)

Navy adopts new anti-oil theft, piracy training code

The Nigerian Navy on Thursday said it had adopted a new training regime that would improve troop’s proficiency in internal security operations in the country. (more…)

Risk Intelligence launch port risk tool

Girija Shettar

Danish maritime security company Risk Intelligence today launched a platform dedicated to analysing and advising on ports risks. (more…)

Two Germans kidnapped after yacht was hijacked in Indonesia


The German yacht Faraway was hijacked in Strait of Lombok off Bali Island, Indonesia. The yacht with two people on board was on round the world trip, when was attacked by armed pirates in Java Sea. The pirates took control of the vessel and headed in unknown direction kidnapping the German citizens. (more…)

Lawmakers fret about potential terrorist attacks at US ports

By Keith Laing

Lawmakers on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee fretted on Tuesday about the potential vulnerability of U.S. ports to dirty-bomb attacks, citing reports of recent attempts to smuggle radioactive material by terrorists that have been thwarted.  (more…)

Iran’s navy repels pirate attack on Iranian oil tank

By Umid Niayesh – Trend:

Iran’s navy repelled pirate attacks against an Iranian oil tank, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, commander of the Islamic Republic Navy said. (more…)

Troops raid pirates, kidnappers’ hideouts, recover weapons

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

The Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta has said its troops have raided pirates and kidnappers’ hideouts in the region and recovered cache of arms and ammunition. (more…)

Somalia’s New Pirates

MOGADISHU – Somalia is blessed with the largest coastline in continental Africa. Our rich marine waters are some of the most productive in the world, teeming with schools of yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, dolphinfish, and sardines. For more than 30 years, however, this bountiful marine wilderness has also been a source and site of conflict, as foreign illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels have plundered our waters – stealing our fish and selling their catches at distant ports. (more…)

Kidnap fears for crew of Spanish air force helicopter after Canary Islands crash

Mystery over disappearance of three crew members who were earlier said to have been rescued by Moroccan authorities after their craft ditched in the sea. (more…)