Industry Sector

  • US versus UK

    A cable on Britain’s Africa policy, sent on 6 February 2009 by the political counsellor Richard Mills at the US embassy in London, suggested  recognition of Somaliland should be considered […]

  • Cutting Edge Cutters

    A $480 million contract for a new National Security Cutter (NSC) for the US Coast Guard was awarded Nov. 29 to Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. The new ship, which will become […]

  • Wikileak Warriors

    The latest trove of WikiLeak documents reveals as fact what we had all heard anyway,  that Blackwater, the international security firm, wanted to try its hand in Somali pirate hunting. […]

  • Raising Awareness

    The International Committee on Seafarers Welfare (ICSW) has arranged a Piracy Awareness seminar for the maritime community in the Philippines on Tuesday 7 December followed by detailed practical workshops on […]

  • Bon Voyage

    The Spanish Defence Minister, Carme Chacón, has praised the sailors on board the Spanish ship ‘Patiño’ bound for waters off the coast of Somalia. The defense minister made no secret of […]

  • Helicopter Rescue

    The US Navy destroyer “USS Shoup” came to the assistance of a Turkish ship, “MV 26 Agustos” after the vessel reported that pirates were on board and that the crew took […]

  • Second Time Unlucky

    Somali pirates recently hit the 1066-TEU Malaysian container ship “ALBEDO” (10,859-gt, built 1993). The vessel was attacked about 900 n.miles off Mogadishu. The ship has a crew made up of Pakistani, Bangladeshi, […]

  • Russian Presence

    Russia will continue its anti-piracy missions with Russian warships patrolling commercial shipping routes off the Somali coast, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has said. The president cited two reasons for the […]

  • Armed And Effective

    Information is emerging of an armed team onboard the Iranian VLCC “Hadi” having played a significant role in warding off a Pirate attack. Internet reports said that the National Iranian Tanker Company […]

  • Waiting for Demands

    Almost a month after two South Africans were kidnapped off the east African coast by suspected Somali pirates, there was still no ransom demand or any word on their fate. […]