Sixteen killed in remote Mozambique port attacks – reports

Gun battles between police and attackers in a remote northern Mozambican port killed 16 people, including two police officers, local media reported.

The attacks in Mocimboa da Praia, near the border with Tanzania and offshore gas fields, took place last Thursday and police have since regained control of the town, the official AIM news agency said.

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Source: http://www.defenceweb.co.za/

Arms importation: FG tightens port security

By Omeiza Ajayi ABUJA – Buoyed by the continued seizure of large cache of arms by eagle-eye operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service, the Federal Government has expressed commitment to tightening security at the nation’s seaports, airports and land borders, saying it will not allow anyone or group to flood the country with arms.

Minister of Interior and Chairman, Presidential Committee on improvement of Security Operations at Nigeria’s Ports, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau disclosed this, Thursday in Abuja during the inauguration of the 11-member committee.

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Nigeria: One more weapons seizure

Last week, during routine monitoring at the terminal, the Nigeria Customs Service seized 1,100 pump action rifles which were illegally imported into the country. The rifles were loaded in a 20-foot container. Preliminary investigation showed that the weapons were imported from Turkey. The Bill of Lading indicated the items in the container to be wash-hand basins and water closets.

This was Customs’ third such seizure this year.  The first was in February when 661 pump action rifles were found. Another 440 pump action rifles were seized in May 2017, bringing the total of rifles seized by Customs in the past nine months to 2,201. Customs’ Comptroller-General Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), while displaying the seized 1,100 Jojef Magnum Pump Action and Jojef Magnum Plastic Single Barrel Hunting Gun Pump Action Rifles at the Tin Can Island port in Lagos, said a Customs officer suspected to have cut the seal of the container without following due process had been arrested. Ali said a clerk at the terminal was arrested alongside the officer.

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Qatar’s emir officially inaugurates Hamad Port

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has opened the new Hamad Port as part of a wider plan to increase non-petroleum exports.

The opening of the port on Tuesday will help Qatar achieve food security and economic diversification in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. Large container ships will now go directly to Qatar rather than docking in the United Arab Emirates, where cargo used to be transferred to smaller vessels.

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Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Yemen government will not let Houthis keep Hodeidah: minister

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Saudi-backed Yemeni government will not allow its Houthi foes to keep the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, the information minister said, underlining its intention to remove the vital aid delivery point from the control of the Iran-aligned group.

The United Nations has proposed that Hodeidah, where 80 percent of food imports arrive, should be handed to a neutral party, to smooth the flow of humanitarian relief and prevent the port being engulfed by Yemen’s two-year-old war.

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Cargo theft: a billion-dollar problem

The marine industry loses billions to cargo theft and cargo loss each year. Meanwhile, new technology is proving to be both a blessing and a curse, as cyber-piracy and digitalised theft are on the rise.

BY EVA GREY

The issue of cargo theft and cargo loss has long been miscalculated, with largely inaccurate assessments of the true financial damages suffered.

Recently, insurance broking and risk management company Marsh brought the problem back into the spotlight in their ‘Changing Tide of Risk’ report, which argues that the consequences of the major political and economic events of 2016, together with new technological advancements, are creating new risks and opportunities for the global maritime sector.

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Blockchain solution for container security

Belgium-based logistics and supply chain company T-Mining is undertaking a pilot project to make container handling in the Port of Antwerp more efficient and secure.

The project comprises digitalising processes that currently involve multiple parties by using blockchain technology. The technology aims to remove the need for middlemen and the risk of compromising security during the physical handover of containers in ports.

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Source: http://www.portstrategy.com/

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Yemen government agrees to U.N. Hodeidah plan, Houthis sceptical

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government said on Saturday it agreed to a two-point plan advanced by the United Nations to ease suffering in the country’s civil war, but the Iran-aligned Houthi movement remained sceptical.

On Thursday the U.N. Security Council urged the warring parties to agree on a U.N.-brokered plan to keep the Houthi-held port of Hodeidah out of the fighting and to resume government salary payments.

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Source: https://uk.reuters.com/

UK ports address terror threat

In the wake of the recent terror attacks which have taken place in the UK, British ports need to remain vigilant.

Currently, the threat risk to UK ports is to remain at its lowest possible level, despite the fact that the UK national security level is set to critical.

Dave Galt, chief officer at Port of Liverpool Police, told Port Strategy: “At this moment there is no specific intelligence of a threat against maritime security and the ISPS security level remains at level 1, however there will be some impact on our lives through an increased security presence focused on public spaces.”

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Customs C-G promises adequate cargo scanners at ports

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali, retired has assured stakeholders of adequate scanners at the ports as part of Federal Government’s effort to ensure conducive business environment.

Ali gave the assurance on Wednesday in Lagos at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on the implementation of the Executive Orders issued by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

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Source: http://www.vanguardngr.com/

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