Shell lifts its first crude cargo from Libya in five years: industry sources

DUBAI (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell has lifted a cargo of 600,000 barrels of crude oil from Libya’s Zueitina port, its first from the war-torn north African country in 5 years, two industry sources told Reuters on Saturday.

“Libya is a significant resource holder and Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd (STASCO) has a history marketing Libyan crudes,” a Shell spokesperson said.

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/

Cooperation is the key to defeating pirates – here’s why

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Pirates are notoriously hard to capture. Their actions occur on the shifting, vast expanse of the open oceans. Perpetrators cannot simply be “arrested” by a conventional police force and, even if they are caught, it’s a challenge to prosecute an offender who by their very nature transcends borders.

There is no single answer to the problem, particularly given pirates’ different guises and motivations. Yet a study of historical anti-piracy operations, both ancient and recent, does reveal one commonality in the repression of piracy: international cooperation.

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Flow of Migrants to Italy Slows, but Nobody Knows Why

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LONDON — The main route to Europe is experiencing one of its longest lulls since the migration crisis began in 2014.

Just over 4,000 migrants have reached Italy from Libya since mid-July, about a fifth of the number during each of the equivalent periods of 2014, 2015 and 2016, according to the Italian Interior Ministry.

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Source: https://www.nytimes.com/

Suspected Al-Shabaab Attackers Behead Three in Kenya’s Lamu: Official

MOMBASA, Kenya – Suspected members of Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group beheaded at least three men overnight in an attack on a Kenyan village, authorities said on Friday, a month after nine were killed in a similar way nearby.

“They were slaughtered. Their heads were cut off from the rest of their bodies,” said a police source, asking not to be named.

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Source: http://somaliupdate.com/

UK warns of potential commercial ship attacks off coast of Yemen

Commercial ships passing through the Bab al-Mandab strait off the coast of Yemen could face potential attacks, the British government warned.

Vessels travelling along the strategic route should remain vigilant of remote-controlled booby-trapped boats or rocket launchers, the government said, after two commercial carriers were attacked near the Yemeni isle of Perim.

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Source: https://www.alaraby.co.uk/

Libya: Khalifa Haftar ally Mahmoud al-Werfalli arrested

Unclear if Mahmoud al-Werfalli will be handed over to ICC, which issued his arrest warrant for ‘murder as a war crime’.

A senior Libyan military commander allied with Khalifa Haftar and suspected of involvement in the deaths of 33 people in eastern Benghazi has been arrested.

The general command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) – the force that controls most of eastern Libya, including key oil ports – said on Thursday that Mahmoud al-Werfalli was being investigated by a military prosecutor.

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Oil Theft and Maritime Insecurity

The National Assembly should strengthen the laws relating to oil theft and maritime insecurity

At a period when oil theft and maritime insecurity have become issues of global concern, statistics revealed that rather than the problem abating, they are actually increasing in Nigeria. According to a recent statement by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Nigeria is losing about N7tn annually to maritime insecurity and other revenue leakages arising from oil theft. Dogara noted further that to arrest leakages and insecurity, the country must strengthen its maritime sector by addressing the issues of lack of capacity and weak laws.

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Analysis: Maritime insecurity

by ​Neil Thompson

New offshore oil and gas finds off Africa’s coastline are drawing closer attention to the state of the continent’s maritime security, particularly off West Africa, where a jump in the number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea were recorded in 2016.

Africa remains one of the last frontiers for oil and gas, with significant discoveries there leading to some expectation that the continent’s importance as an energy producer is set to grow well into the 21st century.

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Saudi Arabia installing cranes at Yemen ports to boost aid delivery

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was installing four cranes at three ports in Yemen to help boost humanitarian aid deliveries and was ready to assist with installing cranes at the key port of Hodeidah once it was under control of a neutral party.

The Saudi mission to the United Nations said in a statement that the cranes were being installed at the ports of Aden, Mukalla and Al-Mokha – which are all under the control of a Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen.

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Sea curfew to stay for now: IGP

Kota Kinabalu: There are no immediate plans to end the long-standing sea curfew imposed off seven districts in the east coast of Sabah as a result of the spate of kidnappings by cross-border criminals.

“There is no time frame, we will continue to impose the curfew order as long as there are threats in the east coast,” said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

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Source: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/