Piracy hotspots on the high seas: Are oceans getting more dangerous for yacht sailors?

The safety of the oceans has always been a concern for sailors and is as real today as it has ever been, whether they’re aboard a commercial vessel or yacht. Gerry Northwood OBE, COO of MAST, featured in the latest print magazine of Yachting Monthly to discuss the current state of security in our oceans as well as the precautions sailors should take when embarking on dangerous routes.

This article was originally published in the August issue of Yachting Monthly. To gain access to the full article please follow this link to the magazine’s website: http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/

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BBC Africa Experts argue the most dangerous waters are off West Africa

This interesting piece of short film by BBC Africa Security correspondent Tomi Oladipo explains why West Africa is currently a more dangerous area for piracy than the waters off Somalia.

The article also  links to the supporting article for the BBC documentary “Danger Zone: Chasing West Africa’s Pirates by the BBC Africa Editor Mary Harper which was broadcast in November 2014. While some of the case studies appear a little dated, they remain highly relevant to the type of incidents that are occurring of Nigeria today.

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MAST comments on Chinas historical hold over South China Sea

Anthony Rix, Rear Admiral and Business Development and Board advisor at MAST, comments on China’s historical hold over South China Sea rejected by international court today:

“While it is understandable that the international community is nervous that today’s ruling could result in an increase in aggressive behaviour by navies and coastguards in the South China Sea, it is quite possible that through enhanced naval and coastguard presence in the area, the area could, in time, become safer for merchant shipping.

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MAST launches new Chinese version of website

MAST, the international maritime security company, has today launched the Chinese version of their website which is now live at: http://mast-security.com/zh/

The launch of the new site follows MAST’s expansion into Asia with the opening of its Singapore office in November 2013, led by General Manager Ben Stewart. MAST are successfully expanding their service to clients in Asia, supported by their offices in Singapore and Chinese -peaking Sales and Operations staff in their Stansted office.

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