Niger Delta militants claim gas pipeline attack in Delta

Niger Delta militants on Sunday claimed an attack on a gas pipeline in protest at upcoming talks between the Nigerian government and leaders from the oil-producing south.

In a statement, the Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate group said it would not support the talks being held by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and representatives from the Niger Delta to end the oil infrastructure sabotage. Attacks on pipelines by militant groups have slashed Nigeria’s oil production helping to tip the country into recession as it struggles to adapt to the low price of crude globally.

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Nigeria loses N2.1 trillion to Niger Delta militants, vandals in 2016

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, said from January 2016 till date, government lost $7 billion (N2.1 trillion) to the activities of militancy groups and oil pipeline vandals in the Niger Delta region.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, said this on Friday in Abuja at the 2016 Fiscal Liquidity Assessment Committee Retreat. Mr. Baru made a presentation on “Global Oil Prices, Militancy and Terrorism and its Impact on Government Revenue in Nigeria’’.

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OBP lauds international efforts against piracy in Somalia

Brussels, Oct. 28 (CNA) International efforts against piracy in Somalia have helped to reduce pirate attacks in the region, according to Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), which negotiated the recent release of 26 hostages, including one from Taiwan.

The number of Somalian pirates has significantly decreased over the past several years and their weapons are also not as good as in the past, said Ben Lawellin, a project manager for OBP focusing on Somali Maritime Resource and Security Strategy.

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Indonesia Reopens Pirate-Infested Sulu Sea Route for Larger Cargo Ships

Jakarta. The government revoked a ban for Indonesian cargo ships with gross tonnage above 500 tonnes from making voyage into Philippine waters on Friday (28/10), allowing some businesses to resume trade on the pirate-infested route.

But the government decided to keep its ban on tugboats and barges on the route, since the smaller vessels are easier to be hijacked compared to the larger-sized boats, Tonny Boediono, the director general of sea transportation at the Transportation Ministry, said.

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Security Moment: Anchor Watch

By Captain Richard Madden

An alert anchor watch is critical in areas where boardings by pirates, terrorists or the common thief might be expected. Where are these places? Unfortunately, this is almost anywhere in the world these days. Some areas we might want to pay more attention to include those areas highlighted in security alerts, where economic conditions make theft an attractive option or areas of ideological (religious, cultural, economic) conflict.

A recent report from Venepandi in Venezuela highlights the increased risk in the anchorages of Puerto La Cruz Bay – specifically, the ports of Guanta and Jose. Recent incidents there have included boardings by armed personnel via the anchor chain, with the potential of escalation to kidnapping of the entire ship.

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Iran Navy’s 44th flotilla docks at Tanzania port

An Iranian Navy fleet has docked at Tanzania’s Port city of Dar es Salaam in line with the Islamic Republic’s strategy of expanding its naval presence in the high seas.

The 44th flotilla of the Iranian Navy, consisting of the Alvand destroyer and the Bushehr logistic vessel, berthed at the African port on Saturday. It embarked on a voyage for the high seas on October 5 to safeguard maritime routes used by the country’s vessels and oil tankers operating in the Gulf of Aden and the strategic Bab el-Mandeb Strait against pirates.

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Freed Indonesians recall Somali kidnap ordeal

Jakarta (AFP) – Four Indonesian fishermen had an emotional reunion with their families Monday after returning home following a kidnap ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates, recalling the horrors they endured.

Looking skinny, weak and tired, the sailors hugged their sobbing relatives at a ceremony in the capital Jakarta that came about a week after they were released, along with 22 other Asian captives following almost five years as hostages.

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Kenyan woman freed by Somali pirates


A Kenyan woman captured by Somali pirates was on Saturday rescued by Galmudug special forces after more than three years in captivity.

Reports indicate Louis Njoki is currently with Galmudug authorities waiting to be repatriated to the country. “It was a well-coordinated operation where they managed to rescue her. Shots were fired during the raid but it’s not clear if there were any casualties,” said Andrew Mwagura, the East Africa Seafarers Association coordinator. He said Njoki is undergoing treatment.

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MAST Intelligence: Reporting and analysis on recent incidents of piracy and terrorism in the HRA

The events of October 2016 suggest that the HRA is becoming a more dangerous place than hitherto as the security framework, which has served commercial shipping so well up to now, is at the risk of being undermined by the breakdown of regional security in some of the States bordering the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

This report reviews and analyses the incidents in light of the recent UN Security Council report on piracy in Somalia.

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Migrant crisis: Almost 100 missing in Libya sinking

Almost 100 migrants are missing after their boat sank off the Libyan coast, the country’s navy says.

The boat, reportedly carrying 126 people mostly from African nations, left Garabulli, east of the capital Tripoli, early on Wednesday morning.

The coast guard received a distress call later that day. Twenty nine people were rescued but the rest were unaccounted for, a navy spokesman said.

Survivors told rescuers the plastic boat had ripped and taken on water.

“Because of overcrowding one of the sides of the boat got torn and water leaked in,” navy spokesman Ayoub Gassim told Reuters news agency.

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