"By Libya Herald staff. Benghazi, 13 January 2014: The Libyan National Army (LNA) has bombed a tanker it says was attempting to make a delivery of petrol to Ansar Al-Sharia. Spokesperson for the LNA Chief of Staff Mohamed Hijazi confirmed that the LNA had carried out the attack on the vessel today. He told the Libya Herald that the tanker had been attempting to make a delivery of petrol to Ansar Al-Sharia and associated forces. These opposition forces are reportedly running low on fuel, and restr"
Four Thai seafarers have been held captive by Somali pirates for four years and nine months. Their plight is shared by 26 others, for whom no rescue missions have been launched or ransoms offered. Jonathan Gornall reports.
On 26 November 2014 the British Home Secretary introduced the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill to Parliament (the Bill), part of which deals specifically with prohibiting the payment of insurance claims in respect of payments made in response to terrorist demands. The insurers of Piracy, Kidnap and Ransom, and extortion policies will be particularly affected.
The purpose of this advisory is to highlight recent events in the region and reinforce guidance: Recent Events: 1. As reported by BIMCO last weekend armed
Iro J. Theophanides's insight:
"The use of PMSCs. 1. As reported yesterday by BIMCO Security the Nigerian Government has said that it will not hesitate to detain any ship entering the country’s territorial and coastal waters with security escorts on board, whether armed or unarmed. The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, gave this warning when the agency detained three ships, LILAC VICTORIA, UACC EAGLE and MORGANE, because they sailed into Nigeria with individuals linked to private security firms overseas offering training on the use of weapons. 2. Members are advised to note this intention which has been corroborated by other third party sources. Yesterday afternoon two PMSC Guards were arrested and a ship detained although cargo operations have been allowed to continue. It is not yet known if the guards were armed or not."
With excellent access to shipping lanes and supposedly massive untapped wealth (perhaps as much as 110 billion barrels) it is no surprise that multinational oil companies are intrigued, but responsible investors would be wise to think twice.
Pirates have so far this year hijacked 13 vessels in Asian waters.Compare this to last year, where there were only three reported cases, so this is a worrying trend, said Mr Noel Choong of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).A violent attack occurred in the South China Sea on Dec 7 when armed pirates boarded a Vietnamese-registered tanker, robbed its crew and killed a sailor."These hijacking incidents are not normal," Mr Choong told The New Paper in a telephone interview.
Dakar, 17 déc 2014 Marine et Océans (AFP) Le golfe de Guinée, nouveau centre de gravité de la piraterie en Afrique, peine à se mettre en ordre de bataille face à ce fléau, un an après les résolutions d'un sommet à Yaoundé des pays riverains, avec un mauvais...
The Gulf of Aden (GoA) is second only to the Mediterranean as a focus for seaborne migration, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) revealed last week. In the first 11 months of 2014, the UNHCR recorded 82,680 crossings, mostly by Somalis, Eritreans and Ethiopians, who use Yemen as a
Asian anti-piracy and sea monitoring centre ReCAAP has reported 20 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in November 2014: a gain on the 17 cases reported at the same time last year. ReCAAP's monthly statistics indicate there were three reported robbery attempts and 17 completed
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark has compensated nine Somalis suspected of trying to hijack a Danish ship in 2013 because they were detained too long before being brought before a judge, the public prosecutor's
Europe's top human rights court has ordered Paris to pay damages to Somali pirates who hijacked two French ships in 2008 for failing to present them to a judge “without delay,” as soon as they were captured and delivered to France.
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