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NATO Shipping Centre Weekly Update for 26 – 31 Dec 2013

January 2, 2014 Regional Considerations: Horn of Africa Masters Masters are advised to remain vigilant at all times inside the High Risk Area (HRA) and follow the guidance and protective measures, as set down in BMP4. Sailing Yachts Sailing yachts […] Read More >>

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Piracy Daily Columnist; international maritime lawyer and author

The Subjunctive Maritime Press: It Could Happen; It Might Happen! The Sky is Falling!

"The maritime press differs not from the popular press in one key respect. It loves bad news and when it gets it plays it for all it is worth. This is not to finger the press unduly. Bad news sells and every journalist knows that. The problem comes when the journalists writing nothing whatsoever about a matter except from secondary sources, replete with inaccurate statements and distorted facts."

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A life on the piratical waves

Dec. 26, 2013

December 25, 2013 (The National) “Royal New Zealand Commander Shane Arndell is in charge of HMNZS Te Mana. The frigate, and its crew of 182 people, is currently deployed in regional waters conducting anti-piracy operations. After patrolling off the Somali […]


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Maritime TV Piracy Mitigation Strategies: Episode 6: Gulf of Guinea Pirates

Today West African piracy seems to be eclipsing that off the coast of Somalia, although the threat the the Gulf of Aden remains real. In June, the annual Human Cost of Maritime Piracy report underscored the fact that more seafarers were attacked by pirates in West African waters than off Somalia’s coast in 2012. Amidst this rise in piracy and armed robbery—31 incidents as of early August, including four hijackings— the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) underscores the West Africa surge in kidnappings at sea, with a wide range of types of vessels being targeted. In this sixth Web cast by Piracy Daily and Maritime TV, possible mitigation strategies against Gulf of Guinea pirates are offered by four expert analysts ... Captain Pottengal Mukundan, director of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB); Mr. Robert M. Gauvin, the executive director of Piracy Policy in at the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters; Dr. John A.C. Cartner, the much-respected maritime lawyer and Piracy Daily columnist, and AdvanFort International President and COO William H. Watson. Read more >> Photographer Denis Sinyakov (C), one of the 30 people detained after a Greenpeace protest at the Prirazlomnaya platform, enters a hall of a district court in Murmansk, September 26, 2013. Russian authorities seized the activists’ ship, the Arctic Sunrise, and towed it to shore after two of the activists tried to scale the rig to protest against Russian plans to drill for oil in the Arctic, which they say poses a threat to the fragile eco-system. (REUTERS/Sergei Eshchenko) William H. Watson, president of AdvanFort International, center, surveys the Port of Cotonou with Ric Hedlund, AdvanFort’s Director of Port Security, in preparation for providing counter-piracy services to commercial customers. (AdvanFort International) Suspected pirates are paraded aboard a naval ship after their arrest by the Nigerian Navy at a defence jetty in Lagos August 20, 2013. Commodore Chris Ezekobe, naval commander at the NNS Beecroft, a Lagos naval base, said the four had hijacked the barge and its crew on August 14 on the eastern edge of the Nigerian coast, near the port city of Calabar. (REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye” Valletta, Malta - A young boy waves as a contingent of Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) special forces soldiers line the deck of a Dutch Navy landing craft Johan De Witt to set off on an anti-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia, at the AFM Maritime Squadron base in Valletta’s Marsamxett Harbour July 24, 2013. The special forces soldiers left on board the Dutch Navy vessel for a two-month deployment off Somalia. (REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi)

Letter from the Editor

On Floating Armories, Counter Piracy and a Tragic Case of Indian Misidentification

"As master, crew and guards of the counter-piracy operator support vessel (OSV), the MV SEAMAN GUARD OHIO, remain prisoners in India's degrading and dangerous jail system, the Indian case is proof positive of the ignorance that often midwives debates about international maritime security generally, and the role of private maritime security companies (PMSCs) in particular."

Letters from Readers

A pragmatic approach by the Netherlands would not hurt

"Whilst the current Dutch position can be classed as ‘pure’, one could also easily class it as ‘utterly naive’ and why cause this delay in policy? ... a pragmatic approach by the Netherlands would not hurt. After all, sufficient guarantees will be included into the new law to safeguard against misinterpretations."