Seychelles Presidency of UN Contact Group on Somali Piracy is a positive step

MAST welcomes the news that the Seychelles will be assuming the Presidency of the UN Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. (CGPCS)

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Gerry Northwood is COO of MAST, the leading maritime security company, and a former Royal Navy officer experienced in counter-piracy and counter-terrorism operations.

Much to the credit of the Seychelles Government during the early days of Somali piracy in 2008 and 2009, they were quick to realise that piracy in the Indian Ocean represented a significant threat to the physical and economic security of the Seychelles archipelago.

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MAST Weekly Update 27/11/15

Libya

Glencore has signed a deal with the National Oil Company (NOC) in Tripoli to export 50% of all Libyan Oil. The officially recognised government based in Tobruk has taken umbrage to this announcement. They have been desperately trying to secure oil deals to export the oil under their control and pay their own version of the Libyan Central Bank. Unfortunately the legal ownership documents for all the oil in Libya remain in Tripoli. The Tobruk based government have warned they will prevent Glencore vessels from exporting oil. They have demonstrated in the past that they are willing to bomb ships entering Libyan ports if they feel it is necessary.

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Where will the terrorists strike next – is the Maritime community at risk?

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The French Oil Tanker Limburg ablaze following a terrorist attack in Oct 2002.

Gerry Northwood is COO of MAST, the leading maritime security company, and a former Royal Navy officer experienced in counter-piracy and counter-terrorism operations.

In light of the Paris terrorist atrocities and the unfolding situation in Mali, it can be argued that there is no room for complacency in any sector of society, or business. There are several governments in Europe, including Britain, who having examined the intelligence and back briefings surrounding the Paris attacks are thinking “but for the grace of god go ….” In protecting our businesses, as well as protecting ourselves and those we work with, I suspect that we all agree that we do not wish to trust to luck let alone God. As ISIS and other affiliated Islamist terror groups take the gloves off it really is time to take stock and examine ourselves for vulnerabilities. There is only one thing we can be sure of at the moment, that Islamist Terror groups will continue to attack western targets wherever they can be found, and that they will target those that are easy to get at.

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MAST Weekly Update 18/11/15

Libya

Martin Kobler has taken over as the UN’s Special Representative in Libya.  The out going representative, Bernardino Leon, has left under a cloud of corruption accusations which biased him to the officially recognised Tobruk based government. This is embarrassing for the UN and presents a problem if the EU continues to threaten sanctions based on an agreement which has been thrown into doubt. Kobler has stated they must build on all the previous efforts to find a peaceful solution and focus on uniting the warring parties behind the threat posed by ISIL.

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How effective is BMP 4 in preventing Piracy?

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Gerry Northwood is COO of MAST, the leading maritime security company, and a former Royal Navy counter-piracy commander

With a number of Suspicious Approaches being reported by MVs in the Gulf of Aden over the past week or two, including an approach this morning on a MAST transit, I thought it might be worth reprising this photograph (above) taken by the unarmed security advisors embarked in the MV Montecristo when she was captured by Somali pirates on 10 October 2011.

On examination, the picture tells us quite a story, and at many different levels. One of the most obvious observations is that the Somalis are surrounded by BMP 4 measures, from razorwire to firehoses. Off camera there are manikins and dummy weapons.

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MAST Comment on David Cameron linking EU Membership to Security

Reaction from Maritime Asset Security & Training (MAST) to David Cameron’s speech earlier today setting out his four objectives for reforming the UK’s membership of the EU, where for the first time yesterday Downing Street mentioned national security and Europe’s response to piracy in the Indian Ocean as part of the Brexit debate:

Gerry Northwood, former Royal Navy counter-piracy commander and COO of MAST, a leading global maritime security provider, said: “EUNAVFOR is a uniquely European style solution to the problem of countering piracy in the Indian Ocean. While some of the initial drive came from narrow individual member state interests, the collegiate approach taken by the EU political and military leadership – vigorously supported by the UK as the lead member state – ensured that it developed into a consensus driven mission which was able to accommodate high ideals of ethics, focussed leadership and operational rigour.

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Has defeating the Somali Pirates at sea succeeded in sending a message ashore?

Re-visiting an article in which I was interviewed following a naval deployment in the Indian Ocean – published in The Times on 20th February 2012 – has lead me to reflect on what has actually changed in the world of Somali piracy since then?

The article was published in the wake of the biggest single defeat the Somalis had suffered against the array of international maritime forces lined up against them in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. During a short period in January 2012 several Somali Pirate Action Groups were intercepted by warships operating across the breadth of the Indian Ocean. On each occasion, the warships had been alerted to the presence of the pirates by the private maritime armed security teams embarked in the merchant vessels being attacked by the pirates.

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BIMCO seeks standardised piracy reports

Shipowners organisation the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) is set to unveil a new reporting code designed to eliminate inconsistencies that currently produce significant differences in global statistics for piracy and hijackings. The criteria for recording incidents ranging from hijackings to attempted thefts currently varies for several of the organisations that report and collate …
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Shun sea piracy, illegal oil bunkering –Ex-militants tell colleagues

As the rampant cases of sea piracy and kidnapping become worrisome, Bayel­sa State waterways and communities, ex-militant leaders, have urged those behind the criminal activ­ities in the region to shun the act and embrace peace for development to thrive in the region. The ex-militants, who are under the Third Phase Amnesty Programme, also asked their …
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Somali govt tells court 120 of its nationals will plead guilty to piracy charges

The Somali government informed the city Civil and Sessions Court on Thursday that 120 of its nationals undergoing trial in Mumbai intended to plead guilty to charges of piracy. The pirates want to submit a guilty plea in the hope of expediting the trial which is inching towards the final stages. “The communication received from …
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