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  • 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) […]

  • Iron Duke Targets Pirates

    Portsmouth-based warship HMS Iron Duke will depart the UK on Monday to begin a six month deployment in the Arabian Gulf . It will be the first time the 4,900 tonne Type […]

  • Engine Theft

    Somalia pirates have attacked a Yemeni fishing boat off the southeastern province of Shabwa, firing on it and taking its engine, security officials have said. “About 7 pirates attacked the […]

  • Record Breaking Surveillance

    The 14-day flight of a British-built, solar-powered aircraft in the skies above the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground last summer has officially been confirmed as the world record for the […]

  • Old School Security of Trade

    While our focus is the world of modern maritime security, we know that occasionally it is useful to look at other aspects of our world and see the investment in […]

  • Ships held for ransom by Somali Pirates as of 27 December 2010

    Ships held for ransom by Somali Pirates as of 27 December 2010 Name Date Taken Flag Crew Type HUD HUD 23 Mar 10 Unknown 11 Dhow ICEBERG I 29 Mar […]

  • 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 […]

  • Saudi Solution

    The questions of legality of armed guards on ships have become a grey and problematic area because of the hesitancy of many States to get involved. All too often it […]

  • Legal Concerns

    Armed security guards may be a pragmatic answer to safeguarding vessels, but Paola Ghiradani, partner at London maritime law firm Stephenson Harwood, speaking in Lloyd’s List has stressed that there […]

  • 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 […]