Archive for July 2, 2017

European Shipowners Call States to Action on Piracy   1 comment

piracyfile photo

By MarEx 

European shipowners have called on governments to do more to prevent the rise of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, most particularly off Nigeria.

The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) says that according to the latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy report, 33 vessels were boarded and four fired upon in the first three months of 2017 worldwide. During the same period, of the 27 seafarers kidnapped for ransom, 63 percent were in the Gulf of Guinea.

According to the ICC International Maritime Bureau data, there was a noticeable increase in the number of reported incidents off Nigeria in 2016 (36 compared to 14 in 2015). There were 54 attacks in the Gulf of Guinea.

In its Global Maritime Security Conclusions adopted 19 June, the E.U. Environment Council recognized the problematic situation in the Gulf of Guinea and underlined the need for regional states to take ownership and adapt their legal systems in order to fight piracy.

ECSA would like to see several measures taken including proper protection by coastal states, investigation of the potential use of private maritime security guards by shipowners and the establishment of effective judicial systems.

National coastal states should ensure safety and security at anchoring places, transfer places and coastal waters. As the use of armed guards in the territorial waters of the Gulf of Guinea littoral states is not permitted due to national legal restrictions, initiatives should be undertaken to explore possibilities for the conclusion of an agreement between the E.U. and its member states with the Gulf of Guinea littoral states aiming at the permission of the use of private security guards by E.U.-flagged vessels calling at their ports.

Piracy and armed robbery should be recognized as crimes and prosecuted. Supporting effective judicial systems need to be in place, and the E.U. could, in cooperation with the United Nations of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), assist the countries in developing national legislation against piracy.

Information sharing and transparency about the situation in the maritime security domain should be available through trusted reporting centers.

An efficient and well working reporting and coordination system to respond to incidents is also required. Initiatives could focus on providing technical assistance in areas such as ship maintenance and repair and through sharing of best practices. One such example is the launch and implementation of the Gulf of Guinea  Inter-regional Network (GoGIN), as it aims to facilitate the cooperation between the 19 Gulf of Guinea coastal countries by setting up an effective and technically efficient network for the exchange of information and further coordination.

ECSA also encourages E.U. member states to actively contribute to the maritime security outside the territorial waters in cooperation with regional states and coordinate the deployment of naval vessels.


Posted July 2, 2017 by rrts in -NEWS

Ship Explodes Off Somalia   1 comment

explosionfile photo

By MarEx 

An explosion has been heard off the coast of Somalia which observers say could have come from a foreign naval vessel.

Flames and smoke were also seen off Somalia’s Puntland coast around sunset on Monday.

The ship is believed to have been a naval vessel, as two foreign navy ships  helped rescue the crew. The cause of the blast is unknown as is the state of damage on the vessel, which may have sunk.

Abdi Jama, a resident of Muranyo village near Alula, told Reuters the vessel had been in the area for two days before the explosion occurred. He claims to have seen a helicopter land and take off again from the vessel some time before the explosion.

The region, near Alula in Puntland, is frequently patrolled by the European Union Naval forces to disrupt piracy and protect vulnerable shipping, including World Food Program vessels.

However, one media outlet has hypothesized that the explosion may have been from the tanker Rama 2. One of the 14 crew remains missing.

EUNAVFOR has tweeted that its vessels are not involved.

Posted July 2, 2017 by rrts in -NEWS