News of maritime domain

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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Indian Ocean Commission chairs the CGPCS

The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) succeeds the Republic of Seychelles as the Chair of the CGPCS. Ambassador Barry Faure, Secretary of State of Seychelles and Chairperson-in-Office of the Contact Group, symbolically passed the baton to the IOC Presidency, represented by

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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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Seychelles, India sign new version of Assumption Island military deal

Seychelles and India signed a 20-year agreement on Saturday that will enable the construction of military infrastructures on Assumption Island. The agreement was signed for the second time after revisions were made to the previous one that the Secretary of

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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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SRT Marine Systems Wins UN Contract To Help Curb Piracy In Somalia

SRT Marine Systems PLC said on Friday it has won a fishing boat monitoring contract from a United Nations agency as part of an initiative to curb piracy in Somalia. SRT will supply specialist automatic identification system Class B transceivers

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Blue Economy In Africa: Initiatives, Prospects And Issues

Harnessing the oceans’ resources in a sustainable manner is the ‘new frontier of the African renaissance’ according to the African Union (AU). This ‘blue growth’ will only be achieved if ocean’s health and security at sea are won back. The

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Blue Economy course starts July 2017

The Commonwealth of Learning, in collaboration with the University of Seychelles’ James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute, is offering a free online course on the Blue Economy. The course, titled “Understanding the Blue Economy,” is aimed at individuals new to the

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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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