Maritime guns for hire adapt to changes in sea piracy





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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Cash-strapped maritime security firms are being forced to use fewer costly elite guards and to diversify into other businesses such as cyber security, as a steep decline in Somali pirate attacks and hotter competition erode fast-thinning margins.  

Hundreds of security firms sprang up over the past seven years

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Zodiac commando boats arrive at the rear of the French luxury yacht Le Ponant, whose crew was held hostage by pirates, in April 2008. The French navy frigate Le Commandant Bouan is seen in the background, off Somalia's coast. Reuters/Landov hide caption itoggle caption Reuters/Landov

NCC Calls For Stakeholders’ Support In Fighting Piracy

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The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) on Thursday urged stakeholders in the entertainment industry to join the commission to fight piracy.

The Director-General of the commission, Mr Afam Ezekude, who was represented by the Lagos Zonal Manager, Mr Chris Nkwocha, made the plea at a news conference in Lagos.

Ezekude said the problem of piracy was getting worse by the day and the fight against it could not be fought alone without the support of stakeholders in the industry.

“Stakeholders have been supportive but need to put in more efforts to support the struggle.

“Piracy challenges have become a burden to practitioners in the industry.

“The commission will not tolerate piracy in the country; we will not relent in

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Piracy in - West Africa

Take a boat ride out from the Nigerian port of Lagos and it is easy to see why piracy, sea robbery and other forms of maritime crime are such a problem.

The ocean is swarming with cargo ships, oil tankers, barges and other vessels waiting for permission to enter the overcrowded port.

Great hulks of rusting metal, anchored and sitting low in the water, almost as if they are inviting pirates to sling their ladders over the side and clamber up on board.

"It was 14 August 2014," says Nigerian navigation officer Rotimi George.

"At around 2am I heard banging on my cabin door: Boom, boom, boom, boom. 'Pirate attack, pirate attack'. They seized the captain, who was Russian, and the Ukrainian chief officer."

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SOMALIA: The 4th high level conference on Somalia piracy concluded in Dubai

SOMALIA: The 4th high level conference on Somalia piracy concluded in Dubai

Posted on November 1, 2014Somali News

Dubai (RBC) The U.A.E. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and DP World have concluded the highly successful U.A.E. Counter-Piracy Conference, held on 29-30 October in Dubai.

“Building on the accomplishments of the last three U.A.E. Counter-Piracy Conferences, this meeting of public and private sector stakeholders has surpassed expectations in setting up a framework at a national, regional and international level to foster coordinated efforts to effectively combat maritime piracy at sea and regional threats on land. Memorable outcomes were achieved with all discussions steered towards constructive solutions that will have a profound effect on Africa and the world’s collective long-term future,” said the

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