Piracy

Africa's Maritime Security Wish List

By MarEx 2015-02-06 10:48:49 2014 was an important year for African maritime security, and one of several improvements. For many, maritime security is synonymous with piracy, and the fight against piracy remains the most notable area of success.The 2014 annual report of the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy…

Maritime Risks Rise Even As Somali Piracy Recedes

By Tom PattersonLONDON For all of human history, the maritime environment has presented a complex and challenging operating environment. For most people, shipping remains an invisible industry despite its critical role in todays global economy. There was a brief spike in public interest a few years ago when Somali pirates…

Mauritian warship leaves Indian shores

KOLKATA: The Coast Guard Ship Barracuda, the first ever naval ship to be built by India for a foreign nation, set sail for Mauritius from the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd in Kolkata on Sunday. The ship was designed in India as per requirements from the Government of Mauritius. It was formally handed over to the Mauritian government in December.
An artists conception of the Afloat Forward Staging Base. Courtesy Marine Corps

NASSCO's Newest Ship Christened by Namesake's Daughter

General Dynamics NASSCO employees ready the USNS Lewis B. Puller for its christening. Photo by Chris JenneweinThe mobile landing platform USNS Lewis B. Puller was christened in a ceremony Saturday morning, with the daughter of its namesake breaking a bottle of champagne against the hull.Martha Puller Downs, the daughter of the highly decorated Marine for whom the ship is named…

Oil tankers run gauntlet in Nigeria's "pirate alley"

Missing tanker recovered off Tanjung Penawar, Malaysia

A Malaysian-flagged chemical tanker, the Sun Birdie, has been found off Malaysia, after losing all communications with its owner, Teguh Samudera, on 28 January.According to AISLive, the 1,138dwt, 1993-bulit tanker's last known position was at 001°19.388'N, 104°12.343'E, about 1nm south of Tanjung Ayam, Malaysia.The Singapore-based maritime security information provider…

Big Value in Small Packages

Military appetite for powerful and agile smaller platforms heats up.The use of small craft by terrorist organizations and domestic terrorist cells is a worldwide threat as demonstrated by the bombing of the USS COLE. The attack on Mumbai, India, in November of 2008, brought the danger to the forefront. Nations realized that to combat this asymmetrical small craft threat…

Expanded QAR exhibit opens at N.C. Maritime Museum

Blackbeard returns to the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, as a newly expanded exhibit opens to the public from 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Blackbeard himself. Events will continue throughout the day to 3 p.m. The exhibit includes new artifacts from Blackbeards ship, Queen Annes…

ReCAAP calls for more anti-piracy naval patrols

Anti-piracy Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) has proposed for an extension of naval and coast guard patrols in response to the sharp rise of piracy and sea robbery incidents.Singapore-headquartered ReCAAP was referring to the patrol routes from the Malacca Strait into the South China Sea.In 2014…

Mapped: Piracy on the rise as ship hijackings near double

previous year’s level, despite an overall decline in the number of attacks. Maritime Bureau (IMB). that most active – the risk of being attacked while at sea remains a danger. upon and there were 28 attempted attacks. kidnapped from their ships. activities peaked five years ago. film starring Tom Hanks. can be seen as a lucrative - but risky - way of escaping poverty.

Great Ships of 2014: Al Kout Environmental

The KOTC operated crude oil tanker Al Kout is the fourth sister Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) of 317,300 DWT, part of the KOTC Phase III of the fleet newbuilding projects. The vessel has been designed and built under the survey of NK class and distinguished in the register by the following notations: NS*(CSR, TOB, PSPC-WBT) (PS-FA) (ESP…

3 Chinese Warships Dock in Portsmouth : World : Chinatopix

(Photo : Reuters) Chinese navy sailors stand in formation as they attend a send-off ceremony before departing for the Rim of the Pacific exercise (RIMPAC), at a military port in Sanya, Hainan province June 9, 2014. China on Monday confirmed that it will participate for the first time in a major U.S.-hosted naval drill this month…

Colourful past of Otago's 'pirate ship'

Harbour? treasure. Otago Harbour gives up one of its secrets at low tide. break the surface in a quiet corner of Deborah Bay. powerful-looking ship. 150 years. Harbour in 1900. ship-breakers at Deborah Bay went to work. each incoming tide. Norman Ledgerwood (77). through its exposed wooden ribs. Bay, he said. after so many years. ''There's not much of it left now. more there when I was a kid.

Iranian Navy rescues oil tanker from pirate attack

The Iranian Navy's 32nd fleet has foiled an attack on an Iranian oil tanker in international waters in the northern parts of the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.According to the navy's public relations department, a group of pirates on speedboats moved towards the tanker near Yemen's Al-Mukalla port, but turned away after…

1 rescued, 2 dead, 16 Filipino crew still missing as cargo ship sinks off Vietnam's coast

Photo of the Gearbulk-Owned bulk carrier Bulk Jupiter taken from the vesseltracker.com. COPENHAGEN, Denmark (Updated) A Norwegian ship owner said one if its cargo vessels has sunk off Vietnam. Bergen-based Gearbulk said only one of the 19 Filipino crew members was known to have survived.A Vietnamese rescue official, speaking…

Has this ship been seized by illegal immigrants?

whether the Moldovan-flagged Blue Sky M was able to navigate safely. The Italian navy estimates the ship is carrying around 600 migrants. migrants on board, and was advancing towards the coast on autopilot. men. board, according to state television. it left Greek waters. turning course sharply west in the direction of the heel of Italy. investigate. necessary. 18.51 Air force spokesman Capt.

Seychelles Police Rolls Out New Communication Network for Public Safety and Crime Busting

By John Lablache and Wanjohi KabukuruVictoria — The Seychelles police is now in a better position to ensure public safety, detect and respond to crime faster after the commissioning of the Motorola Integrated Digital Radio Network.The digital radio system funded by the United Nations Office against Crime and Drugs (UNODC)…

Ted Cruz Stretches The Truth On Cuba

The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org.Sen. Ted Cruz condemned President Obamas announcement that he would normalize relations with Cuba, calling the communist country a leading state sponsor of terrorism. Thats a stretch, to say the least.Its true that Cuba along with Iran, Syria and Sudan is listed by the State Department as one of four State Sponsors of Terrorism.

Is Cuba a ‘Leading’ Sponsor of Terrorism?

Sen. Ted Cruz condemned President Obama’s announcement that he would normalize relations with Cuba, calling the communist country “a leading state sponsor of terrorism.” That’s a stretch, to say the least.It’s true that Cuba – along with Iran, Syria and Sudan — is listed by the State Department as one of four “State Sponsors of Terrorism.” But the department’s annual Country Report on Terrorism…

Law Of The Sea & International Maritime Trade Info Graphic | MaritimeMatters

This interesting info graphic came across my desk today from Norwich Universitys Master of Arts in Diplomacy program, and I thought I’d share it here:Maritime trade officially began in the year 1648, when the Treaty of Westphalia confirmed the ideas set out by Hugo Grotius, who said that the sea should be open for international trade.