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  • 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 […]

  • African Union Can Remove Pirates Says Uganda

    In the AFP article “Send troops not navies to Somalia, says Uganda” James Mugume, permanent secretary at Uganda’s foreign ministry commented that the international counter-piracy missions offshore were “a good […]

  • Signing On: The International Code of Conduct for Private Security Contractors

    Representatives of Governments, NGOs, and the security industry gathered in Geneva this week to sign a new International Code of Conduct for Private Security Contractors, and to put in place […]

  • Sailing Through the Pirate Zone

    This morning November 2nd Reuters reported a potential hijacking of a yacht  in the Indian Ocean with three British crew onboard, only ten days after the first anniversary of the […]

  • East African Fishing, With A Catch.

    EUNAVFOR recently confirmed that the Kenyan flagged fishing vessel the Golden Wave was hijacked on 9 October 2010, with 43 crew onboard. Considering the International Maritime Bureau’s statistics on the […]

  • Citadels Under Siege: Safe Rooms or Safety Hazards?

    “When placing crew in a citadel, the crew may not be rescued. You need to consider that fact.” – Commander Steve Paget, Canadian Navy. During an insightful “Combating Piracy Week” […]

  • True cost of maritime piracy is still uncertain

    Despite attacks by Somali pirates on international shipping in the Gulf of Aden making headlines across the world, the true cost of these attacks to the maritime insurance industry are […]