The Problem

      Piracy W.S.C. The issue of piracy against merchant vessels poses a significant threat to world shipping.  In 2011, there were 439 pirate attacks and 45 merchant vessels hijacked worldwide.  237 of these attacks and 28 of these hijackings occurred in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Somalia, and in the wider Indian ocean.  […]

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Advice To Masters

        General advice to Masters transiting thru / calling at ports of piratical / armed robbery: A structured and layered defence system is required to secure the vessel. This system starts with being aware of the sea areas and ports affected by piracy and armed robbery. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) broadcasts incidents […]

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Maritime Security in Africa: Potential for the Private Sector?

      24 February 2015   Armed Guard Escort on a Merchant Ship Dirk Siebels thinks that the private sector should contribute further to Africa’s maritime security. As he sees it, private maritime security companies (PMSCs) can help close short-term capability gaps, thereby allowing African countries to develop their own abilities over time. By […]

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Ghana: Minute By Minute Account of How Chinese Fishing Vessel Was Hijacked

      All Africa 12 February 2015     Legal Affairs Egypt: Al Jazeera Journalists Released On Bail South Africa: Opposition Democratic Alliance… Africa: Stolen Millions – Africa On Big Hunt… Liberia: Inmates Rampage in Nimba Asia, Australia, and Africa South Africa: New Year Wishes for Chinese… Liberia: House Investigates Sex Slaves Claims… Ghana: […]

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