The European Council extended the mandates of Operation ATALANTA, EUTM Somalia and EUCAP Somalia

The European Council has prolonged the mandates of Operation ATALANTA, and of its two Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions – EUTM Somalia and EUCAP Somalia – until the 31st of December 2022. The decision of the Council aims to strengthen maritime security at large in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Since its…

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…

2018 Global Maritime Crime Programme Report

The 2018 Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) Report highlights the UNODC’s recent efforts in tackling the activities of transnational organised crime at sea in the Atlantic Ocean and in the Indo-Pacific Ocean regions. These crimes are not limited to piracy and armed robbery at sea, but they also include human smuggling, drug-trafficking and terrorist activities.…

EU and UN carry out maritime training with Somaliland Coast Guard

According to this article, on 3 December EU NAVFOR sailors, supported by staff from EUCAP NESTOR, carried out radar training in Berbera Bay, Somalia, as a precursor to an engagement the following day. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) assisted the EU in preparing for the radar training. On 4 December 2016 EUCAP…

EUCAP Nestor conducts Maritime Legislation workshop in Hargesia, Somaliland

EUCAP Nestor organised a Maritime Legislation Workshop in Hargesia, in partnership with the Attorney’s General’s Office from 24 to 26 October. The 31 participants (among whom three women) are affiliated to the Prosecution Office, the Somaliland Coast Guard and the Immigration Department.  The Workshop’s focus was mainly centred on the enhancement of the cooperation between…