Piracy

Iran blasts Britain's 'piracy' after Royal Marines detain oil tanker in Gibraltar

"America & our allies will continue to prevent regimes in Tehran & Damascus from profiting off this illicit trade," Bolton said on Twitter.The drama began when a specialist team from the Royal Marines Maritime Operations Unit swooped on the 330 meter super-tanker as it paused to take on supplies off Gibraltar overnight.

The hidden world of Maritime Security

Piracy has probably existed since man first took to the sea, but it took on new dimensions with the advent of commercial shipping. SOFREP wrote about this very topic recently in Benghazi: The Definitive Report, which includes historical background on America’s first war on terror against Barbary pirates off the coast in Libya.

Palace concerned over abduction of 11 Filipinos in West Africa

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador PaneloMANILA -- Malacañang expressed concern over the abduction of 11 Filipinos in West Africa, two of them were kidnapped in Togo and nine in Benin last week.“We are concerned about the kidnapping and (Labor) Secretary Bello is handling it,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing on Tuesday.On Monday…
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From Montenegro to Croatia in the Adriatic Sea

Lovers of the sea have been enchanted by the Adriatic Coast for centuries. Whether it is due to the warm temperatures, striking bright blue colour or the impressive clarity, the waters of the Adriatic Sea are captivating. Although the area is situated away from the main buzz of the Mediterranean, the Med has still influenced the way the Croatians and Montenegrins live.

Iran news: Furious Tehran promises response to cowardly oil tanker strike | World | News

A spokesman for the Iranian government said to the state controlled Islamic Republic News Agency: “Iran is avoiding haste, carefully examining what has happened and probing facts. “An appropriate response will be given to the designers of this cowardly attack, but we will wait until all aspects of the plot are clarified.” The tanker Sabiti was hit in Red Sea waters off Saudi Arabia on Friday…

The mystery of the oil tanker that disappeared in the Strait of Hormuz

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Tracking data shows an oil tanker based in the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz drifted off into Iranian waters and stopped transmitting its location more than two days ago, raising concerns Tuesday about its status amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S.

China's Investments In Special Forces Are Paying Off In Deadly Ways

Key point: As America relies more heavily on special forces, it is likely China will too.Some special force units get all the attention. Americas Delta Force, Russia's Spetnatz and Britain's SAS have glamorous reputations.When was the last time you heard about China's commandos? But Chinese special forces exist, and they have been growing in size…

Piracy: OMS, Navy Collaborate To Fight Hoodlums On Nigerian Waters Amidst Alleged Opposition By NPA

The Nigerian Navy and Ocean Marine Solutions have strengthened existing ties in the continued fight against piracy and other forms of crimes on Nigerian waters.OMS, which had through its Secure Anchorage Area provided a security platform for ships berthing at the Lagos ports to utilise, had come under scrutiny in recent…

Freight forwarders seek retention of Secure Anchorage Area – Punch Newspapers

Anna Okon The National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders has urged the Federal Government to sustain the existence of the Secure Anchorage Area to protect the nations waterways and prevent armed robbery and piracy attacks on vessels visiting Nigeria.Making this call in Lagos on Friday, the President of NAGAFF…

Saudi coast guard says Iranian tanker sent distress call, then went silent

Saudi Arabias coast guard said it received a distress call from an Iranian oil tanker that reportedly came under attack in the Red Sea near Jeddah on Friday, but the vessel had switched off its tracking system when a response was made to its request for assistance.The distress call was sent by email and stated that the front of the tanker…

Should China Police the Strait of Hormuz?

Through the course of 2019, the United States has been to the brink and back with Iran more than once. First, several oil tankers came under attack. Next, a (rather expensive) U.S. drone was shot down by the Iranians in late June. Then came the attacks against the Saudi oil facilities in September. Washingtons myriad hawks…

Shipowners slam private security firm over safe anchorage

The Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA) has criticized the imposition of $2,000 safe anchorage fee on foreign vessels calling at the Apapa and Tin can Island Ports in Lagos for provision of security services by private security firm, OMSL. The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) had recently said it was taking steps to dismantle…

Royal Navy hails French tenacity in Gulf region

A Royal Navy Commodore has hailed the tenacity of a French frigate that is part of a task force operating out of the volatile Gulf region. Combined Task Force 150  (CTF-150), which is run from Bahrain,  is a multinational task group composed of warships from numerous Coalition nations, led by an Anglo-French team and headed…

West Africa seas worlds most dangerous for piracy – IMB

Published November 7, 2019, 8:09 AMBy Roy MabasaEven before the two kidnapping incidents happened in Benin and Togo where at least 11 Filipino seafarers were taken as hostages by pirates, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) had already declared that the seas around West Africa remain the worlds most dangerous for piracy.(International…

Ardmore Shipping Corporation Announces Financial Results For The Three And Nine Months Ended Septemb

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Nov. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ardmore Shipping Corporation (ASC) ("Ardmore", the "Company" or "we") today announced results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019.Highlights and Recent ActivityReported a GAAP net loss (and net loss from continuing operations see Non-GAAP Measures Section) of $5.7 million for the three months ended September 30…

Why are there so many pirates in West Africa?

Sign up and join thousands of professionals who receive the Nurmara Daily Brief e-mail an indispensable, no-nonsense take on Africa-related business, policy and development.Four crew members of a Greek-flagged oil tanker were taken hostage by pirates off the coast of Togo on Monday. The attack comes two days after nine…

A Supreme Court piracy case involving Blackbeard proves truth is stranger than fiction

Supporters of Frederick Allen wave pirate flag at SCOTUS.MoreThe pirate Blackbeard is a real historical figure who wrecked his stolen flagship, the Queen Annes Revenge, off the coast of North Carolina in 1718. The pirate Captain Hook is a fictional character, the antagonist of the 1904 play Peter Pan. Today, after arguments in a US Supreme Court case about video piracy…

Fairbanks Morse engines for US Navy's ESB 6 - MLF - Military Logistics

Fairbanks Morse has been awarded a contract to build and deliver the four main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) for the sixth ship in the US Navys Expeditionary Transfer Dock/Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) programme. The company will deliver four FM MAN 6L48/60 Common Rail (CR) engines, each rated at 6,480kW and able to deliver a total of 25,920 kW of installed power.

Shame on you, pirates, said shipping elite – Maritime Bulletin

Post Views: 532I notified several of my friends, seamen on board of ships, on recent piracy attacks in Gulf of Guinea. Their reaction was unanimous were protected only when theres a private armed guards team on board, theres no other guaranteed way to defend us from thugs and kidnappers. But not any team, with that. In Greek Aframax ELKA ARISTOTLE attack…

Fairbanks Morse Engines to Power the US Navys Newest Expeditionary Sea Base Ship

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Engines using common rail fuel injection technology to deliver significant lifecycle fuel cost savings, lower emissions, and higher efficiencyFairbanks Morse, an EnPro Industries company (NPO) and leading provider of solutions that are powering the world forward, has been awarded a contract…