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Shipping industry welcomes Nigeria’s “Deep Blue” project

  The Nigerian Navy has commissioned into service 16 new vessels, including ten small boats and six patrol vessels, which will be used to enhance maritime security and protect the country’s oil and gas assets. Nigeria has today announced a significant investment in military and law enforcement infrastructure to secure its maritime domain as part …

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Shipping’s nightmare with the Gulf of Guinea pirates (Forum)

  By Michael Grey* There will be few seafarers today who sail off to the Gulf of Guinea with a light heart and cheerful demeanour, any more than they did a couple of hundred years ago, when disease was endemic along its shores. It is a different sort of blight today, with the depredations of …

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A Captain caught after a slaughter at sea (Forum)

  Taiwanese Ping Shin 101 on which occurred the murders at sea described in this gut wretching article by investigative reporter Ian Urbina*.   Photo Credit: Fish-I Africa The men are helpless in the open water, clinging to floating debris, tossed by the rolling ocean waves. Several large fishing ships circle. None of the victims have life jackets, but no one makes …

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Metal Maritime and Danish Shipping applaud deployment of Danish frigate to the Gulf of Guinea

  A Danish Absalon class frigate is scheduled to head south for the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of West Africa, in the autumn. The area is heavily plagued by piracy and kidnappings, and is rightly described as the world’s most dangerous waters. That is why Metal Maritime is happy with the decision to …

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ECSA welcomes new security concept in Gulf of Guinea while highlighting continuing threat of piracy

    The European shipping industry welcomes the EU’s political commitment to a first pilot of the new Coordinated Maritime Presences (CMP) concept in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of West Africa, but cautions that the situation remains very precarious for European and international merchant vessels and more needs to be done urgently. …

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Pirates kidnapping more seafarers off West Africa, IMB reports

Anti-piracy training in the Gulf of Guinea. Photo: US Navy In its latest report for the third quarter of the year, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) bureau notes pirates armed with guns and knives are abducting larger groups of seafarers further off the West African coast than before. IMB’s latest global piracy report details …

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Nigeria getting serious about monitoring activities around maritime frontiers

De Haas DHM 1050 boats for Nigeria. Photo: Defense Web The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Nimasa) has taken delivery of patrol vessels and rigid-hulled inflatable boats as part of its Deep Blue maritime security project, and is gearing up to receive maritime surveillance jets, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and other equipment. In February …

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