Crimes & incidents

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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Chinese trawlers snapped fishing in Djibouti’s protected waters

Six trawlers flying the Chinese flag were spotted off the coast of Djibouti in the past few weeks, flouting a ban and fishing in a protected coastal area near the town of Obock. Local fishermen, residents and activists immediately began

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5th steering committee of MASE on maritime security

Le programme MASE est le programme régional de promotion de la sécurité maritime dans la région de l’Afrique orientale et australe et de l’océan Indien (AfOA-OI). Ce programme, financé par l’Union européenne, est mis en œuvre par l’Autorité intergouvernementale pour

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EU Naval Force Confirms Fuel Tanker Has Been Pirated off North Coast of Somalia

The EU Naval Force, which is currently operating off the coast of Somalia, has received positive confirmation from the master of the Comoros-flagged tanker, Aris 13, that his ship and crew are currently being held captive by a number of suspected armed

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Addressing Maritime Insecurity in the Horn of Africa

Some recent incidents involving vessels off the Horn of Africa do not seem to reflect traditional forms of piracy, and could signal major maritime disruptions if an effective response is not developed. OBP (Ocean BeyondPiracy) has highlighted and classified six of

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