BIMCO calls on Nigeria to combat piracy at sea

Nigeria has trumpeted its Deep Blue investments in coastal surveillance, patrol boats, aircraft and training. BIMCO says it is time to put them to use

The shipping association says Nigeria should act on its promises to police its waters as the Gulf of Guinea dry season brings a spike in piracy incidents. BIMCO says the industry will watch with interest the first trial of accused pirates under the country’s new law

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We lost 12 boats to pirates in one month, say Rivers helmsmen

Dennis Naku

Helmsmen operating on the Bonny-Port Harcourt waterway in Rivers State have said they have lost about 12 speed boats to pirates in one month.

Some of the helmsmen, who spoke to our correspondent, decried the rising pirate attacks on the waterway and solicited the assistance of the state government to forestall further loss of lives and property. Recall that one person was killed, while two others were kidnapped during an attack by pirates on the route last week.

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(ICYMI) Coalition destroys Houthi-laid marine mines in southern Red Sea

Original article posted on Nov. 27th.

DUBAI: The Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen said it destroyed two mines laid by Houthis in the south of the Red Sea, state television Al Ekhbariya reported on Friday.

The actions of the Houthi militia, according to the coalition, threatened maritime security in Bab Al-Mandab and the southern Red Rea. The coalition said a total of 166 marine mines were removed and destroyed.

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Twenty Four Kidnap Attacks this Year make Gulf of Guinea World Piracy Hotspot

As Four More Crew Taken Call Goes Out for Combined Naval Task Force

GHANA – Waters just five nautical miles from the Western perimeter of the Gulf of Guinea witnessed yet another kidnapping from a merchant vessel as four crew from a complement of 23 were seized by pirates. This was the 24th such incident in 2020, a year which so far has seen a reported 122 crew taken in such a way.

The target this time was the Marshall Island’s registered 37,600 dwt chemical tanker MV Agisilaos, attacked in the early hours of 30 November, and victim of a burgeoning crime wave, with the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) figures showing a 40% increase in the number of kidnappings reported in the Gulf of Guinea this year as against 2019.

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InterManager reports pirate attack

InterManager has reported an incident around 5nm off Cameroon, in which pirates fired upon a vessel underway.

The incident occurred on Nov. 30th at 0050 LT, in position 03°51.3’N, 009°14.5’E. The report states:

“Fishing vessel sailing offshore Cameroon between Douala and Limbe was attacked by pirates on a speed boat. The BIR (Battalion Intervention Rapide) personnel onboard fired back at the pirate boat. 1 BIR soldier was wounded, and several pirates were reported as wounded as well. Pirates did not board the vessel and then sailed into port.”

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Bonny Waterway Attack Leaves One Dead, Others Injured

At least, one passenger was killed by pirates during last Thursday’s attack on a 10-passenger boat enroute Bonny Island from Port Harcourt, The Tide can authoritatively report. The attack which occurred along Opada Creek left the boat driver and many passengers seriously injured.

The sea robbers also made away with many valuables belonging to passengers. The Tide learnt that one of the pirates was nabbed by the Opada Creek community and has been handed over to the Rivers State Police Command.

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Security forces apprehend suspected sea pirate, gang members in Rivers


A suspected sea pirate, Dan Clifford Geroge has been apprehended by local security agencies for his involvement in attacks on boats and fishing settlements at Bonny Island in Rivers State.

Clifford George, who hails from Asarama Community in Andoni Local Government area of the state is alleged be a member of an armed gang terrorizing the Bonny/Port Harcourt Waterways. It was gathered that luck ran out of him Thursday while on operation around the Bolo-Ama fishing settlement, close to the yellow platform.

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Ruling delayed in Seychelles top court on whether case should be dismissed against 5 suspected Somali pirates

Only three out of the five Somali suspects appeared in court on Monday while the other two are receiving medical assistance. (Rassin Vannier)

By: Salifa Karapetyan Edited by: Betymie Bonnelame

(Seychelles News Agency) – Five Somali nationals suspected of piracy will be held an additional 14 days and reappear before the Seychelles Supreme Court on December 10 for a decision on whether the case should be dismissed.

Justice Gustave Dodin was supposed to give a ruling on Friday but according to the lawyer representing the Somalis, Joel Camille, “the judge has asked for some more time so that he can conclude the ruling.”

“When the prosecution had called all its witnesses, we submitted a ‘no case to answer’, which means that we told the court that the prosecution does not have enough evidence against the Somali nationals so the charges should be dismissed and they should be released,” said Camille.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta transferred the five suspects to Seychellois authorities after responding to piracy attacks on April 21 last year.

The suspects were transported by Spanish flagship ESPS Navarra and transferred to Seychellois authorities in accordance with a transfer agreement between the Seychelles and the European Union with support from UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The incident began on April 19, 2019 when five suspected pirates captured a Yemeni dhow off the coast of Somalia. Two days later the pirates attacked the Korean fishing vessel Adria with the dhow acting as a mothership in the Indian Ocean some 280 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia.

The case which started on September 9 was to be heard for a month but due to restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, witnesses form Spain were unable to physically appear in court to give their evidence; the process was carried out via videolink. Seychellois witnesses from the police force physically appeared before the court to give their evidence.

To ensure that the legal process is fair, a representative of the UNODC has been present during the case hearings. Her duty was also to look after the welfare of the accused.

Camille said that the ruling might have been pushed to a later date due to an increase in workload as the year is coming to an end.

“Judge Dodin gave us a guarantee that on December 10 he will give his ruling. I feel that the court will rule in my favour as I am still convinced that the evidence presented were not enough against the Somali national and the court will dismiss the case against them,” said Camille.

Seychelles is east of the Somali coast and has placed itself at the forefront of the fight against piracy since 2005 when the scourge began expanding, adversely impacting the nation’s tourism and fishing industries, the top pillars of its economy. The island nation in the western Indian Ocean has since then been working with international partners to apprehend and prosecute suspected Somali pirates.

Somaliland and Seychelles signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the transfer of sentenced pirates in 2011. With special jurisdiction to handle piracy and maritime crime cases, Seychelles started hearing cases in June 2015.


10 Kidnapped from Freighter Off Niger River Delta

On Thursday, a freighter was boarded by pirates near the Pennington FPSO, just off the coast of the Niger River Delta. 10 crewmembers were kidnapped.

According to Praesidium International, the St. Kitts-flagged coastal freighter Milan was under way on a coastwise journey from Koko to Douala, Cameroon at the time of the incident. At about 2000 hours, the vessel slowed, then drifted until 0530 hours the following morning. 10 crewmembers have been confirmed kidnapped.

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Maritime surveillance network to safeguard Indian waters

Shirish Nadkarni

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and French agency CNES (National Centre for Space Studies) have forged an alliance to set up a network of satellites for maritime surveillance to help detect, identify and track ships in the Indian Ocean, in order to safeguard Indian waters from the unwanted attention of pirates and hostile ships.

This was revealed by Vice-Admiral Pradeep Chauhan in the course of his talk on ‘India as a Net Security Provider – Indian Ocean Region and Beyond; Maritime Security and the Blue Economy’ during the concluding session of the two-day Inmex SMM Virtual Expo, last week.

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