Advice To Masters





General advice to Masters transiting thru / calling at ports of piratical / armed robbery:

A structured and layered defence system is required to secure the vessel.

This system starts with being aware of the sea areas and ports affected by piracy and armed robbery. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) broadcasts incidents of piracy and armed robbery to all ships in the IOR and AOR regions via InMARSAT Safety Net System. Similar information is also posted on the Piracy Map

In most incidents as soon as the pirates / armed robbers know that they have been spotted or feel the vessel has been secured and is a difficult target they will abandon the attack. However Somali and Nigerian pirates tend to

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Live Piracy & Armed Robbery Report 2015

The Piracy & Armed Robbery Report section below follows the definition of Piracy as laid down in Article 101 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and Armed Robbery as laid down in Resolution A.1025 (26) adopted on 2 December 2009 at the 26th Assembly Session of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

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07.03.2015: 0930 LT: Posn: 06:13.11N – 119:50.18E, Around 18nm NNW of Laparan Island, Philippines.
A suspected mother vessel disguised as fishing vessel deployed six high speed skiffs which chased a bulk carrier underway. The persons onboard the skiffs wearing camouflage clothes circled around and attempted to board the ship. Master raised alarm, water spray system activated, increased speed,

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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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Nigeria: Pirates Collect N88 Million Ransom to Free Foreigners





27 February 2015


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Lagos — Strong indications emerged yesterday that a group of pirates collected 400,000 US dollars (about N88 million) as ransom before they freed the three foreigners kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria on February 3.

Until they were kidnapped, the two Greeks and a Pakistani worked on board a Greek oil

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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.

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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