Merchant Marine

  • Anniversary Announcements

    An event marking the two-year anniversary since the election of H.E. Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud (Farole) was held on Saturday, January 8, 2011, at the Puntland Development and Research Center (PDRC) […]

  • Remembering Seafarers

    The Round Table of international shipping associations – and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) in urging all to remember  that over 600 seafarers, of many different nationalities, are currently being held […]

  • Change of Heart

    With the change in attitude towards armed guards it seems that seafarers’ union Nautilus International has been prompted to drop its opposition to their deployment. In the past the union […]

  • Ignorance Is Bliss

    According to a recent report in Lloyd’s List, shipowners are ignoring official advice and routinely employing armed guards on ships sailing in pirate-infested waters. With the urgent need effective security […]

  • Vessels Held Update

    An update of ships currently held by Somali pirates: * SOCOTRA 1: Seized on Dec. 25, 2009. Yemeni-owned ship was captured in the Gulf of Aden after it left Alshahr […]

  • Security Response Slammed

    Mediterranean Shipping Co has hit out at naval forces for failing to come to the assistance of one of its ships that was seized by pirates late last week despite […]

  • Heading Home

    On 14 December 2010, EUNAVFOR Flagship FS DE GRASSE fulfilled her last day of operations after 4 months conducting counter-piracy activities in the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin. […]

  • Vessel Released

    A Greek bulk carrier seized in the Gulf of Aden seven months ago was reportedly “released from pirate control” on Saturday, according to EUNAVFOR. The 72,000-tonne Eleni P, with a […]

  • New USCG Guidance

    The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a new directive for U.S. Flag vessels operating in waters where the risk of pirate attack is high. Maritime Security (MARSEC) Directive 104-6 (Rev. 4), […]

  • More Than Force

    Thomas Ernst from EUNAVFOR believes that pirates operating off the Somali coast will not be defeated by force alone. “It is arguable how much of a deterrent effect counter-piracy forces are […]