Crimes & incidents

‘Document Verification Manual: Vessel Identity’ is published

[Source: Stop Illegal Fishing] Faked, false or forged documents linked to vessel identity are widely used by illegal operators. They are used to hide fishing and operational history and activity, reduce costs, misinform and confuse licensing, flagging and inspection authorities,

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Kenya elected to chair Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

20 June 219- Kenya has been elected the chair of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) for a period of two years beginning January 2020. The chairmanship will afford  Kenya the opportunity to coordinate regional

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Seychelles, CJTF-HOA build partnership

Victoria, 21 May 2019 — The East African island nation of Seychelles is a key partner with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, working towards increasing security and regional stability in the Indian Ocean. U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. James

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Maritime security the Seychelles way

From Africa Defense Forum: 29 January 2019: Africa’s smallest nation is setting a standard for safe, sustainable seas through the prosecution of pirates, international maritime cooperation and proactive measures to protect its exclusive economic zone. As the six Seychellois crew

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After pirate attack off Somalia, judge orders that 5 suspects are held in Seychelles

Seychelles News Agency – Three out of five suspected pirates from Somalia who were transferred to Seychelles by EU NAVFOR last week were remanded until May 13 by the Supreme Court on Monday.   The EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta transferred

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UN anti-drug body to return to Seychelles

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will reestablish its presence in Seychelles as of April, while the island nation will increase cooperation with the U.N. body, said the office’s new Eastern Africa representative. Amado Philip de Andrés

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CTF 150 nets an enormous drugs haul in the Indian Ocean

International assets from Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), teamed up in a counter drugs operation in the Indian Ocean on January 24, 2018, seizing 834 bags of heroin weighing 915 kilograms. This is

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Tanzania Closes its Open Registry

Tanzania has temporarily closed its maritime registry to foreign vessels while it reviews the status of all ships flying its flag. President John Magufuli announced the suspension on Friday in response to a string of arrests involving Tanzanian-flagged vessels for drug smuggling

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East Africa’s ivory smuggled out of Mozambican ports

After tighter monitoring was applied recently at the Dar es Salaam harbour in Tanzania, East African ivory smugglers moved their export hub to northern Mozambique ports. Tanzania remains the logistical centre from where the smuggling networks access money and equipment,

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EUNAVFOR chases and captures suspected pirates

EU NAVFOR Somalia’s Flagship, the Italian vessel ITS Virginio Fasan, has apprehended six suspected pirates and seized their vessels. Six crew of a motor whaler, acting as mother ship, and a skiff have been detained following attacks on a 52,000

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