Libya Asks EU for Ships and Radars to Stop Migrants: Sources

By Gabriela Baczynska

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Libya has asked the European Union to provide it with ships and radars to help its forces stop the smuggling of migrants across the Mediterranean, sources in Brussels said.

They said EU foreign ministers would review the “shopping list” at a meeting of foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, but would not be able to meet all the requests.

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Source: https://www.usnews.com/

Four smugglers arrested, 1,608 kilograms of cocaine seized off Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard, US Customs and Border Protection and Puerto Rico Police maritime law enforcement units interdicted and seized a drug smuggling vessel Monday with 1,608 kilograms of cocaine aboard and apprehended four suspected smugglers off the coast of Rio Grande.

The suspected smugglers, all men, have been turned over to the US Department of Justice for prosecution by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico.

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Source: http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/

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Indonesia strengthens aerial reconnaissance for maritime security

Nani Afrida

The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) has strengthened its aerial reconnaissance to protect the country’s maritime territories from illegal activities.

“We have a routine patrol to observe our maritime territories from the air. We can send all information, photos and data directly to the land to support our Navy,” Air Force’s Squadron V of Strategic Reconnaissance commander Lt. Col. Akal Juang told journalists in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Wednesday.

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Indonesia, Malaysia allowed ‘hot pursuit’ of Abu Sayyaf

By Manolo B. Jara

MANILA: A senior military officer disclosed that their counterparts in Indonesia and Malaysia have been allowed to enter Philippine territory while in “hot pursuit” of members of the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf terrorists and other criminal groups.

Major General Carlito Galvez, the chief of the military’s Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), explained allowing the presence of Indonesian and Malaysia troops in maritime areas of common concern is contained in an agreement signed by the three countries in 2016.

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Somalia: Will decimated fish stocks force desperate fishers into piracy again?

The proverb beloved of development professionals everywhere goes like this: give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for life. But what if there aren’t enough fish in the sea? By SIMON ALLISON.

The long, jagged Somali coast is home to one of the richest fish stocks in the world. It is teeming with schools of tuna, sardines and mackerel, and there’s plenty of lucrative lobster too.

In the late 1980s, word began to spread about this extraordinary piscine bounty. Soon Somali fishermen no longer had their coast to themselves. Trawlers from the Arabian Gulf, from India, from as far afield as Japan, South Korea and Spain, were descending on the Gulf of Aden with their massive nets and advanced techniques.

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Crews warned of armed threat off the southern Philippines

By Sam Chambers

An in-depth 29-page report from Asia-based piracy information centre, ReCAAP ISC warns today that the situation off the southern Philippines is acutely dangerous for seafarers with 20 of the last 22 incidents over the past 12 months involving armed perpetrators. Of these, firearms were fired on five occasions.

The area around the Sulu and Celebes seas and off East Sabah has become one the world’s piracy hotspots of late with the many seafarers being abducted for ransom by the Philippine Muslim faction, Abu Sayyaf.

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Indonesia and Malaysia to possibly join in campaign against Abu Sayyaf

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Western Mindanao Commander Major General Carlito Galvez Jr said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines is  willing to welcome its counterparts from neighbors Indonesia and Malaysia, in an attempt to track down Abu Sayyaf bandits for good.

This is possible under the trilateral agreement last signed  between the three countries, allowing the maritime presence of both Indonesian and Malaysian forces in the coasts of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

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Source: http://www.canadianinquirer.net/

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Struggle for control of Libya’s oil threatens to deepen conflicts

Power struggle could undermine authority of UN-backed Libyan Government of National Accord

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A power struggle for control of Libya’s oil is threatening to deepen splits in the country and undermine the fragile authority of the UN-backed Libyan Government of National Accord, the GNA.

The battle has forced the politically neutral chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) to warn the GNA that it has overstepped its authority both by closing the oil ministry and by trying to take over some of the NOC’s role.

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Is this the most dangerous backwater in the world?

Across the world there has been a decline in piracy and sea robbery, but one precarious expanse of ocean waters in South East Asia is bucking that trend, as maritime defence expert Swee Lean Collin Koh explains.

There was a time when news of pirates and kidnap-for-ransom dramas in the waters off Somalia dominated global news headlines.

In 2011, at the height of the crisis, a total of 237 incidents were reported in the area. Since then, however, piracy has decreased significantly off the Horn of Africa, despite a recent attack against a Comoros-flagged tanker and one reported incident in the third quarter of last year.

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