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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Central role of Interpol against maritime piracy off Somalia

    European Union Decision endorses central role of Interpol against maritime piracy off Somalia. Interpol chief hails ‘significant development’ in international fight against maritime piracy networks.   LYON, France – The […]

  • Smarter Measures in Fight against Piracy

    Smarter Measures in Fight against Piracy Author: Michael L. Baker Expert Brief published with the kind permission of the Council on Foreign Relations The recent conviction in Norfolk, VA, of […]