Category Archives: Maritime Security

US Sailors kidnapped by pirates off NIGERIA

PIRACY IN NIGERIA AND GULF OF GUINEA HAS BEEN IGNORED FOR TOO LONG. In a tale of two piracies there are few if any similarities between piracy in Somalia and Nigeria. Nigerian ‘piracy’ Piracy in Nigeria is a misnomer. What … Continue reading

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In which paradigm are we basing our reasoned response to Somali ‘piracy’?

Does the nature and form of intervention by the amassed International naval forces offer any real solution or evidence, of cessation of Somali maritime criminal activity? Is it possible that Western responses have created accidental ‘piracy’ out of common opportunistic … Continue reading

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Piracy and kidnapping in Somalia

Over the past several years, the pirates of Somalia have enjoyed what might be called a following wind. They operate in a country where government authority is weak and in many areas non-existent. They have the longest coastline of any … Continue reading

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“Piracy is like the poor, always with us?“

Poverty Reduction programs are employed by states to deal with the latter, so why is it ok to simply accept that piracy is business as normal for shipping or worse to engage in a war on piracy in order to … Continue reading

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Somali Maritime Terrorism Should no Longer be Confused with Piracy

The deaths of the hostages taken aboard the SV Quest is a good indication that the rules in the hostage manual used by the Somali pirates have well and truly been re written. The new paradigm is venturing completely into … Continue reading

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Somali Pirates no Longer Fishermen but Fighters

GOLDEN WAVE SIGNALS CONFIRMATION OF A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN PIRATES BUSINESS PLAN During 2010, Somali pirates hijacked 53 ships and kidnapped 1,181 people, according to the International Maritime Bureau. This is an astounding figure and one which dictates that we … Continue reading

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BELUGA NOMINATION and the Evolution of Piracy into Terrorism. SOMALIA Piracy Comes of Age

There have been major developments in the waters off Somalia since Christmas 2010. One of these is the steady decrease of fishermen turned pirates engaging in pirate acts replaced instead by the steady increase in trained militia men and fighters. … Continue reading

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Deterring Maritime Crime, Piracy and Terrorism in the Caribbean

Deterring Maritime Crime, Piracy and Terrorism in the Caribbean: A Rethink of Maritime Policing, Coastal Guarding and the Role of ‘Joined –up’ Intelligence. The Caribbean is one seaway and joint policing of its shared waterways, coupled with regional information sharing … Continue reading

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The Artic Sea Mystery

The Arctic Sea: What are we Really Looking For? By Candyce Kelshall, BUCSIS Fellow and Maritime Security Expert A vessel collected her cargo in Jakobstad Finland on 23rd July. She proceeded underway until 24th July when, at 3 am, she … Continue reading

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Somali Piracy Or Somali Terrorists? The Solution lies Onshore

There has to be a third way. If the situation in Somalia is going to change then the only way is the third approach. The choices before young Men along the cost of Somalia cannot only be limited to two … Continue reading

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