European Union agrees to aid Libyan navy to stop traffickers

The European Union will help rebuild Libya’s shattered navy and coastguard to tackle migrant smugglers after a plea for aid from the new U.N.-backed unity government in Tripoli, EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday. (more…)

Third Tug Attacked by Pirates in Sulu Sea

On Friday, the towing vessel TB Henry was hijacked and four of her crewmembers kidnapped off of Lahad Datu, Malaysia, near the intersection of Indonesian, Malaysian and Philippine waters. The attackers have not been definitively identified, but officials suspect militants associated with the designated terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. The kidnapping was the third in two weeks.  (more…)

Philippines’ Abu Sayyaf abducts 10 Indonesian sailors

Ten Indonesian crew members on board a tugboat were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines at the weekend, officials in Manila said late on Monday. (more…)

Seaborne terror, piracy key threats to maritime security, PM Modi says

VISAKHAPATNAM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday flagged the threat of sea-borne terror and piracy as two key challenges to maritime security even as he pitched for respecting freedom of navigation against the backdrop of South China sea dispute. (more…)

Iran Navy sends 37th flotilla to high seas

The 37th flotilla of the Iranian Navy has set off for high seas to safeguard maritime routes used by Iranian vessels operating in international waters. (more…)

North Indian Ocean under Watch of Iran’s Navy: Commander

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari underscored the full intelligence dominance of his forces wherever they patrol, including waters in the northern parts of the Indian Ocean.


Iran to Hold Several Naval Drills in Coming Months: Commander

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Navy commander on Sunday unveiled plans for carrying out a number of naval maneuvers within the next few months, one of which will be a joint exercise with Oman.


BIMCO seeks standardised piracy reports

by Philip Rood

Shipowners organisation the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) is set to unveil a new reporting code designed to eliminate inconsistencies that currently produce significant differences in global statistics for piracy and hijackings. (more…)

Collective Effort by Maritime Industry and Naval Forces Keep Pirate Attacks Suppressed

Collective Effort by Maritime Industry and Naval Forces Keep Pirate Attacks Suppressed: EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE

At a breakfast meeting earlier today with senior shipping industry representatives, the EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE, stated that whilst Somali-based piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden is suppressed, there is no room for complacency regarding the on-going threat. (more…)

BIMCO anti-piracy appeal rejected

Girija Shettar

The shipping industry, which wants a crackdown on illegal fishing off Somalia because it is fuelling piracy, has been told that the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) cannot help. (more…)