Gulf of Aden

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More misguided efforts

On 23 March, Jeremy Binnie, Jane’s Defence Weekly Middle East/Africa Editor in London, reported that the EU had expanded the area of operations for the EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) counter-piracy mission to include Somali coastal territory and internal waters.  Binnie’s opinion is that EUNAVFOR would attempt to “disrupt pirate logistics […]

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Naval build-up ongoing in Arab Gulf States

Last week saw Qatar host the second Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX). The event gave companies in the maritime security field the opportunity to show off their goods and services to a wide audience of international and regional naval personnel. On display were ships from Pakistan, India, […]

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The navy’s contribution to keeping the oceans safe and secure*

*Moderator’s Note:  This article was original published in The Nova Scotian on 07 February 2011. Many have seen the news on increased piracy in the Horn of Africa and that mariners of all nations still remain at high risk in this area.  The desperate actions of economically disadvantaged pirates off […]

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EU NAVFOR Admits Piracy Problem Far Greater Than Reported

This article from Ecoterra International was released on 27 January as part of their ongoing series entitled “Status of Seized Vessels and Crews in Somalia, the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.”  The reports can be found on the Australian News website at this URL: http://www.australia.to, under the “Ecoterra” […]

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Somali pirates’ eastward expansion by Ben West*

*Moderator’s Note: An article entitled was released on 6 December by Strategic Forecasts [STRATFOR].  STRATFOR analyst Ben West examines the reasons why Somali pirates have increasingly looked to the Indian Ocean for hijacking targets.  My thanks to CFPS Research Fellow Dr. Stan Weeks for bringing this article to my attention.  […]

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New statistics from IMB reinforce existing trends, show new ones

The statistics on piracy attacks for the first and second quarters of 2010 have been released.  They contain data that shows the Somali pirates are expanding their capabilities to conduct long-range operations and avoid the multinational naval force patrols. The first two quarters of 2010 have resulted in 196 incidents […]

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Armed Security Guards Kill Pirate in Shootout

Fox News (FoxNews.com) is reporting that armed security guards have shot and killed a Somali pirate for the first time.  You can read the news report here.  The incident took place on Tuesday, 23 March, and was directed against the Panamanian-flagged, general cargo vessel MV Almezaan (IMO Registry No.7906710).  The […]

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Attack alerts issued

Following closely after warnings about attacks on ships in the Straits of Malacca, the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued a warning of increased likelihood of attacks by al-Qaeda on vessels transiting the Bab el Mandeb, Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden along the coast of Yemen. MARAD […]

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How much is safe transit worth?

An article in Stars and Stripes provides some insights into the fees being charged by private security contractors now offering escort boats and onboard armed parties to ward off pirate attacks. Jim Jorrie, CEO of Espada Logistics and Security-MENA, a San Antonio-based company, is reported as citing the following for […]

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A strong voice demands change in anti-piracy operations

The Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association (HKSOA) has released what is described as “a furious statement” condemning the current organizational construct and tactical practices employed by naval forces to prevent piratical activities off the Horn of Africa.  They accuse the international community of “tolerating piracy instead of eliminating attacks” and “sending […]

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