NATO to help build security institutions in Libya: Stoltenberg

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday said a team of NATO experts would help the Libyan government build defence and security institutions.

Mr. Stoltenberg made the remarks after meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj at NATO headquarters in Brussels. He said NATO was engaged in preparing a programme to help build defence institutions in Libya in 2011, but added that, “the security situation made it impossible to continue.”

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Sierra Leone News: Illegal fishing threatens fisheries – Marine report

Despite government’s efforts and donor funding, illegal fishing accounts for about 30% of catches by industrial foreign fleets in Sierra Leone, says a new study published in Marine Policy, an academic journal published by Elsevier, in the U.K. The study estimates that more than 42,000 tonnes of fish were caught illegally in 2015 alone.

The paper states, in the past decade, industrial foreign vessels have increased their presence and illegal activities in Sierra Leonean waters either on their own or by enticing small-scale fishers into illicit partnerships, such as acting as transshipment vessels in near shore areas.

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2nd US Navy Carrier Strike Group Arrives in Asia Pacific

A second supercarrier has entered the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet area of operations.

By Franz-Stefan Gady

The nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz, the lead ship of her class, has deployed to the Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. Navy announced on June 22.

The Nimitz strike group consisting of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Howard USS Shoup, USS Pinckney, USS Kidd, and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton arrived in the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet area of operations on June 21.

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Navy deploy stations in Akwa Ibom waterways

The Nigerian Navy, NNS Jubilee in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area said it had deployed two Naval Security Stations in Akwa Ibom waterways to forestall maritime illegalities.

The Commander, NNS Jubilee, Commodore Saidu Garba, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Ikot Abasi. He said the two naval security stations were deployed to Okpobo and Ataba rivers to checkmate activities of oil thieves in Akwa Ibom waterways.

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Maritime agency capable of meeting threats, says new chief

By Jonathan Edward

PUTRAJAYA, June 23 — Newly appointed Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency director-general Admiral Datuk Indera Zulkifli Abu Bakar tells  the challenges the agency faces and what solutions he will initiate to meet them.

MALAY MAIL: What is the agency about and what direction would you like to see the agency moving in?

ZULKIFLI ABU BAKAR: Our core business is maintaining a high state of readiness at all times and the capability to carry out missions in all-weather conditions including patrols, search and rescue and anti-piracy operations.

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Former Niger-Delta militants begin new agitation

Author: Eromosele Ebhomele

Former militant leaders in the Niger Delta region are currently demanding 30 percent pipeline surveillance money saying this must be directly paid to each of the leaders and not through a single individual.

Speaking in Benin City, Edo state, some of the former militants including Awe Akuke, Indian Fineboy Kolotor, and Augustine Aboh, said there were plans by few of their leaders to hijack the money.

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On the trail of the ghost ships

Timothy Compston discovers that more and more ships are turning off their AIS (Automatic Identification System) or even switching their identities completely to sail under the security radar.

When employed properly AIS (Automatic Identification System), which provides a unique identification for each vessel as well as its position, course and speed, is invaluable from a safety and operational perspective as part of collision avoidance and traffic monitoring. Of course, no system is fool-proof and, unfortunately, a growing number of ships are making waves by circumventing AIS to disguise their nefarious activities, raising real security concerns as they change identity or simply disappear.

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Nigeria’s Crude Oil Exports to Surpass One-year High in August

Ejiofor Alike with agency report

Nigeria’s crude oil exports are set to surpass two million barrels per day (bpd) in August, the highest in 17 months, as the country’s oil and gas industry nears a full recovery from attacks by the Niger Delta militants that crippled production in 2016.

It is expected that if the ramp-up in Nigeria’s production is sustained, it will put further pressure on efforts by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to trim output in support of oil prices.

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Somalia: Jubbaland Leader Accused of Arming Al-Shabaab

Mohamed Ali Yusuf, a lawmaker who was forced out of Jubbaland parliament has accused the state’s President Ahmed Madobe of sending arms to the Al Qaeda-linked Al shabaab group.

Speaking at a press conference in Mogadishu on Wednesday, Yusuf said Madobe provided Al shabaab with heavy and light arms which is fuelling the flames in a country already burning.

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