GoA & Indian Ocean

  • African Union Can Remove Pirates Says Uganda

    In the AFP article “Send troops not navies to Somalia, says Uganda” James Mugume, permanent secretary at Uganda’s foreign ministry commented that the international counter-piracy missions offshore were “a good […]

  • Sailing Through the Pirate Zone

    This morning November 2nd Reuters reported a potential hijacking of a yacht  in the Indian Ocean with three British crew onboard, only ten days after the first anniversary of the […]

  • East African Fishing, With A Catch.

    EUNAVFOR recently confirmed that the Kenyan flagged fishing vessel the Golden Wave was hijacked on 9 October 2010, with 43 crew onboard. Considering the International Maritime Bureau’s statistics on the […]

  • Citadels Under Siege: Safe Rooms or Safety Hazards?

    “When placing crew in a citadel, the crew may not be rescued. You need to consider that fact.” – Commander Steve Paget, Canadian Navy. During an insightful “Combating Piracy Week” […]

  • “Hull Underwriters Moving Towards BMP Implementation as Part of Contract” – Giles Noakes of BIMCO

    Speaking on the 12th of October at the “Combating Piracy Week” conference in London, Giles Noakes of BIMCO indicated that hull underwriters were moving towards BMP implementation as a key […]

  • Drivers for Change in US Counter-Piracy Strategy

    US strategists agree that Piracy off the coast of Somalia is an ever-shifting ball game. A recent US Government Accountability Office report into US initiatives in countering piracy has identified […]

  • Pirate Attack off Madagascar Is False Alarm; Threat Is Considered Real

    The southernmost pirate attack to date off the coast of East Africa was a false alarm but the threat of pirates extending their reach is more than palpable. With a […]

  • Developing Alternatives to Piracy, the African Maritime Growth Initiative

    An interesting Foreign Affairs article: “Swapping Pirates for Commerce” , released on 4 October argues for a more holistic approach to African maritime security, with a drive for port development […]

  • Kenya: No More Pirate Prisoners

    Citing security concerns and a lack of promised international support, on 30 September Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs terminated the Memoranda of Understanding that outlined the prosecution of pirates in […]

  • EUNAVFOR Briefing 28/09/10

    In order to keep the shipping industry up to date with the ongoing EUNAVFOR mission off the coast of Somali, the latest anti-piracy briefing was recently held at the International […]