India & France to Start Joint Patrolling Mission of Indian Ocean Region

Published on December 16, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments December 09: After holding their biggest-ever Varuna naval exercise off Goa and Djibouti in May, India and France will soon launch a joint naval patrolling mission in the Indian Ocean Region to protect their strategic interests, said a top French military officer on Monday. The navies from the two countries will also early next year ink a pact to…

December 17, 2019

Brillante Virtuoso – Ruling on Attempted Maritime Insurance Fraud

Published on October 15, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments October 07: Between 2008 and 2011, nearly 200 vessels were taken by Somali pirates around the Gulf of Aden. The hull market has been exposed to many such claims and the vast majority have been resolved successfully and efficiently (albeit not without some tragic loss of life and considerable distress for the crews). Very few vessels were substantially damaged….

October 15, 2019

Pakistan Passes Command of CTF 150 to the United Kingdom After Short Ceremony in Bahrain

Published on August 19, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments August 08: On 8th August, a UK led joint staff of Royal Navy and French Marine Nationale assumed command of the maritime security organisation Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 from the Pakistan Navy. Through maritime security operations, regional engagements and capacity building activities, CTF 150 works to deter and deny terrorist organisations any benefits from employing the high seas for…

August 19, 2019

Counter-Piracy Task Forces Work Together to Deter Piracy and Increase Maritime Security in Gulf of Aden

Published on July 29, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 24: Warships from three nations have taken part in a counter-piracy surge operation, led by Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 in the Gulf of Aden. The operation was part of the Republic of Korea-led CTF 151’s mission to deter piracy and to contribute to wider maritime security in the region by focusing shared resources and assets over a…

July 29, 2019

Secure Fishers Report on Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean

Published on July 9, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 09: Secure Fisheries (a One Earth Future program) has issued a report on Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean: Perceived Threats, Impacts, and Solutions. OVERVIEW: This brief is based on surveys of more than 100 representatives from maritime agencies in ten Indian Ocean countries. It highlights perspectives about the most significant maritime security threats, the impacts of illegal,…

July 9, 2019

Mauritius Ports Authority and Abu Dhabi Ports to Boost Indian Ocean Maritime Sector

Published on July 8, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 02: Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) and Abu Dhabi Ports have signed an agreement to enhance the maritime sector across the Indian Ocean, from port infrastructure and security to protecting the environment and driving the cruise industry Under the MoU, MPA and Abu Dhabi Ports will explore areas of collaboration between the public and private sectors, as well as…

July 8, 2019

CTF-150 Seizes Further 5,600kgs of Hashish in Arabian Sea

Published on May 20, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments May 07 & 10: Royal Australian Navy Ship (HMAS) BALLARAT intercepted another 5,600 Kgs of illicit drugs while conducting patrols in the international waters of the Arabian Sea under the command of the Pakistan led CTF-150. The seizures, including approximately 2,500Kgs and 3,000Kgs of hashish, were discovered in two vessels suspected of illegal activity on the 7th and 10th…

May 20, 2019

Reduced Boundaries for High Risk Area (HRA) in Indian Ocean In Effect From May 01

Published on May 14, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments May 01: As a reminder from the announcement in March, the geographic boundaries of the High Risk Area (HRA) for piracy in the Indian Ocean have been reduced, and came into effect on May 01. The High Risk Area reflects the area where the threat from piracy exists, whilst recognising the ongoing containment of pirate attacks in the Indian…

May 14, 2019

Pakistan Apprehends 30 Gujarat Fishermen Seizes 6 Boats

Published on May 10, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments May 06: At least 30 Gujarat fishermen were apprehended early Monday by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) near the international maritime boundary in the Arabian Sea, a Porbandar-based National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) official said. NFF secretary Manish Lodhari said the PMSA also seized six fishing boats. “Thirty fishermen on board six boats were apprehended by PMSA near IMBL early…

May 10, 2019

Pirates Behind Attacks off Somalia Apr 19-21 Captured; 23 Hostages Released

Published on April 29, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments Apr 23: The capture of a Yemeni dhow off the Somalian coast [on April 19] was all that initially went right for a suspected pirate gang. Four days later they and the captured vessel were apprehended by the European Union Naval Force’s (EU NavFor’s) Operation Atalanta after failed attempts to board three vessels. The incidents, which played out between…

April 29, 2019