Maritime Security in Africa: Potential for the Private Sector?

 

 

 

24 February 2015

 


Armed Guard Escort on a Merchant Ship

Dirk Siebels thinks that the private sector should contribute further to Africa’s maritime security. As he sees it, private maritime security companies (PMSCs) can help close short-term capability gaps, thereby allowing African countries to develop their own abilities over time.

By Dirk Siebels for African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)

This article was originally published by ACCORD in Conflict Trends (2014: 4). 

Maritime matters have long been neglected in most African countries. While almost all coastal states on the continent claim an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) that stretches out to 200 nautical miles (370 kilometres) from the coastline, little effort has been made to realise the ocean’s economic potential. In recent

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Between devil and deep sea: Piracy is big, ugly business

 

 

If you thought pirates were a problem for seafaring people only; and that only owners of ships need to worry about them, or that it is an exclusive issue for seamen, think again.
 
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In Summary

  •  In ten chapters of the book, Palmer packs knowledge on modern piracy that includes “political developments of Somalia’ in which he revisits the relationship between the political collapse of modern Somalia and the political and economic consequences for Somalis, and also the effects the ensuing chaos have had for Somalia’s neighbours and the world.

  • Palmer further discusses topics such as the Pirate Coast highlighting the value of the more than 3,000km-long coast of Somalia to pirates.

  • This coastline, not much guarded by a force worth calling a

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Ghana: Minute By Minute Account of How Chinese Fishing Vessel Was Hijacked

 

 

 

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12 February 2015

 

 

Southeast Asia’s Piracy Headache

 

 

 

 

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It looks like 2014 may have been the most dangerous year for Asian seafarers in almost a decade. According to the Singapore-based Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP), 183 actual or attempted attacks took place in Southeast Asian waters during 2014. This figure represents a marked increase from 150 in 2013 and 133 in 2012, and is the highest since 2006.

The latest figures released by the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Center corroborate ReCAAP’s findings and show a similar increase in attacks in 2013 and 2014. Since a total of 245 attacks

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Tanzania: Dar Keen to Enhance Maritime Security, Fight High Sea Piracy

 

 

 

By Faustine Kapama TANZANIA DAILY NEWS

TANZANIA is committed to taking all necessary and acceptable actions to enhance maritime security and work together with regional and international partners to fight piracy.

Speaking for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) at the just-ended judicial exhibition week in Dar es Salaam last week, Senior State Attorney Mohamed Salum told the 'Daily News' that fighting maritime piracy was not the undertaking of a single country.

"As a move to foster the Regional and Global progress on the prosecution of pirates, the country developed the National Plan to Combat Maritime Piracy aimed at consolidating national efforts for combating piracy," he said.

The plan, the trial attorney said, would assist the government to promote Maritime Security through

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