Piracy makes a comeback off the coast of Somalia with new attack

Between 21 and 23 April, a suspected pirate gang attacked one Korean and one Spanish fishing vessels off the Somali coast, before being apprehended by EU NAVFOR Atalanta. These were the first attempted pirate attacks off the Horn of Africa since October last year. The suspected pirates hijacked a Yemeni dhow on 19 April and…

Dakar hosts an international meeting on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea

On 9 and 10 April, after more than two years of implementation, GoGIN brings together its stakeholders in Dakar to take stock of the project’s results and to discuss an action plan for the next two years. On this occasion, the representatives of 27 maritime centres of 19 coastal countries of the Economic Community of…

Piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Africa: EU and global impact

The in-depth analysis elaborated by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) was divulgated at the occasion of the High-Level Conference on Oceans that took place in Brussels on 19 March 2019. The paper addresses the most pressing challenges in relation to maritime security: piracy and armed robbery at sea. Africa is particularly vulnerable to these…

ReCAAP ISC: Three incidents of armed robbery at sea reported in Asia in February 2019

In February 2019, the Information Sharing Centre (ISC) of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) reported three incidents of armed robbery at sea in Asia. The incidents occurred respectively at Belawan anchorage in Indonesia, at Caofeidian anchorage in China and in the Singapore Strait. The number…

Iranian dhow catching fire in Seychellois waters

On February 22, 2019 an Iranian dhow caught fire in the waters of Seychelles, while it was being towed to the main island by the national Coast Guard. The vessel was apprehended during a joint operation of the Seychelles Coast Guard, Seychelles Defence Forces’ Air Force and the National Information Sharing and Coordination Centre. Thirteen…

African Union commends the Seychelles for its upcoming plans on the Blue Economy agenda for Africa

On the occasion of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), which took place on 10-11 February 2019 in Addis Ababa, the AU applauded the efforts of the Seychelles in advancing the Blue Economy agenda. During his speech, the Vice President of the Seychelles, Vincent Meriton, presented a stock taking…

2018 ReCAAP ISC Annual Report: Piracy and armed robbery at sea declining in Asia

The Information Sharing Centre (ISC) of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) reported a 25% decrease in incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea in Asia between 2017 and 2018. According to the data collected in the 2018 ReCAAP ISC Annual Report, the total number of incidents reached…

GoGIN in the news: Improving Maritime Governance and Communication to Fight Insecurity and Threats in the Gulf of Guinea

At the closing ceremony for the first GoGIN In-Crisis Communication Course for English speaking countries at the Regional Maritime University (RMU), in Accra, the European Union Ambassador to Ghana, Ms. Diana Acconcia stressed how much maritime governance is needed to improve the blue economy as well as coordination of efforts to fight maritime insecurity and…

Increase of piracy activities in the Gulf of Guinea: first attack in 2019 off the coasts of Benin

On 15 December, a merchant vessel was attacked off the city of Brass, located in the southern Nigerian state of Bayelsa. In 2018, Nigeria experienced an increase in piracy attacks, particularly off the Niger Delta, source to offshore oil production. The latest report of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) recorded that of the 57 attacks…

EU Civil-Military Engagement in the Horn of Africa: Celebrating the 10 years of Operation Atalanta

During the last years, the stability of the Somali territory and waters has been a priority of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). In December 2018, the EU naval Operation Atalanta (EU NAVFOR) celebrated 10 years of deployment. While EU NAVFOR contributes in fighting piracy at sea, civilian and military missions on the…