Nigeria: Cargo Tracking Note and the Anxiety at the Ports

he  planned introduction of Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) which will expose  decades of trade malpractices at the ports and bring  other economic benefits  appears to have created apprehension  among some shipping lines and big time shippers  who are  now at daggers-drawn against the scheme,  writes Francis Ugwoke (more…)

Nigeria orders rescue of abducted crew of Polish Vessel by pirates

Mr Haruna Jauro, acting Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has directed that the abducted captain and four crew members of a Polish cargo vessel be rescued. (more…)

Pirates killed, Iranian dhow released

Confusing reports emerged from Somalia late on Sunday November 29th which suggest that the Iranian dhow hijacked by pirates on November 22nd has been released following a gun fight at Hararhere, Mudug region.  (more…)

Thieves steal $250m of Nigerian oil from one pipeline

Thieves have stolen nearly $250m (£165m) of oil from a single pipeline this year, Nigeria’s state oil company says. (more…)

ReCAAP ISC Releases Guide for Tankers Operating in Asia to Combat Oil Cargo Theft

ReCAAP ISC, in collaboration with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) has produced a guide for tankers operating in Asian waters to combat oil cargo theft.


UN Envoy for Somalia expresses concerns over recent rise in piracy acts

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, condemns the hijacking of a fishing vessel off the coast of Somalia on 22 November, 2015. (more…)

Sri Lanka’s coalition govt in deep water over arms ship scandal

Sri Lanka’s coalition govt in deep water over arms ship scandal


A controversial deal between the brother of Sri Lanka’s former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and a maritime services company in 2012 is creating deep rifts within the new coalition government with several ministers facing corruption allegations and a minister even forced to resign over conflict of interest. (more…)

Piracy incidents down but vigilance must be maintained – IMB

According to the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre “only one incident of an actual attack” was reported from the Gulf of Guinea for the third quarter of this year with the disclaimer that “the real number is believed to be considerably higher”. (more…)

Seychelles Gears Up to Take Over Contact Group Chairmanship

SEYCHELLES is gearing up to take over the chairmanship of the Contact Group on Piracy off the coast of Somalia (CGPCS) from the European Union as from January 1 next year. (more…)

China Seeks Anti-piracy Training From Iran

China and many other nations have requested Iran to train their marine and commando task forces for anti-piracy missions. (more…)