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  • 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. […]

  • Latest Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report

    Maritime OPINTEL Report (U) WORLDWIDE:  Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report Oct 26 – 24 Nov 2010 24 November 2010 Maritime Crime/Piracy, Commercial (301) 669-4448 . . (U) Table of […]

  • Anglo-American Support for Somali Coast Guard, Strategic Pragmatism or Problem?

    With the potential support of a privately-trained maritime force, are the US and UK manoeuvring towards a more pragmatic approach to the piracy problem in Somalia? On Tuesday 23 November […]

  • Skulls and Crossroads

    Skulls and Crossroads by Simon Jones As the 20ft Skiffs raced towards the Panamanian flagged Bulker, the occupants, dressed in a ragged mix of clothing, combat trousers, t-shirts, some with […]

  • Turbulent Times in West African Waters: 5 killed, 19 rescued.

    On Wednesday 17 November, gunmen opened fire on a vessel transporting security personnel to an oil platform in Cameroon waters and killed five people, – ‘Gunmen off Cameroon in Deadly […]

  • What Does It Mean? The International Code of Conduct for Private Security Contractors

    The signing ceremony of the new International Code of Conduct for Private Security Contractors has brought not just the role of States and companies into sharp focus, but it has […]

  • Somalia Onshore: Where next for the transitional government, al-Shabab and the pirate industry?

    Somalia Onshore Where next for the transitional government, al-Shabab and the pirate industry? by Natznet Tesfay Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) increasingly relies on outside support for its survival, which […]

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