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Matteo Salvini investigated over migrants detention

Italy’s minister of the interior, Matteo Salvini, has allowed migrants of the Italian Coast Guard ship ‘Ubaldo Diciotti’ to disembark, after he was placed under formal investigation regarding their detention. Mr. Salvini has been formally placed under investigation for potential illegal detention and kidnapping.

Africa commits to tackle maritime piracy

A regional program agreed between African associations which includes measures to improve legal, legislative and infrastructure capacities to tackle piracy and maritime crime in general, as well as decomposing financial networks that are related to these offenses and minimize their impact.

Missing tanker found after suspected hijacking, all crew safe

The Panamanian-flagged tanker ‘Pantalena’ has docked at a port in Togo, after missing for over a week along with its 19 crew, the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday. Contact with the ship was lost on 14 August, while it was sailing about 17 miles off Gabon, in the Gulf of Guinea.

Houthis attacks on commercial ships thwarted

A Saudi-led military coalition thwarted attacks by the Houthis. Namely, the movement used explosives-laden speedboats against commercial vessels, according to a Saudi-led coalition’s spokesman. Earlier this week, the Houthis informed that they conducted an operation in Saudi waters, during which they hit a military target.

India takes measures to deal with maritime security problems

The Indian Minister of State for Shipping and Finance Shri Pon Radhakrishnan informed that in order to deal with potential maritime security situations arising out of any hijacking at sea of merchant vessels with Indian crew, an Inter-Ministerial Group was created by the Government under the Ministry of Shipping.

African countries commit to tackle maritime crime in Gulf of Guinea

Despite having big potential, the Gulf of Guinea is one of the most dangerous places when it comes to maritime security, as it faces many threats. In order to mitigate this problem, naval chiefs from 38 countries gathered in Lagos for the International Maritime Conference to try and find solutions.

Italy allows own coast guard ship with migrants to dock after first refusing

Italy will allow its coast guard ship ‘Ubaldo Diciotti,’ carrying 177 rescued migrants to dock in Catania, Sicily. This comes after a standoff with Malta over where the ship should disembark. However, there are reports that the interior minister Matteo Salvini will not allow the migrants to disembark until he is assured that they will go elsewhere.

Tanker goes missing in Gulf of Guinea

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Georgia informed that the ship ‘Pantelena’ sailing under a Panamanian flag with 17 Georgian sailors on board has been missing since August 14. Contact with the lost ship, which was transporting oil, was last established while it was sailing near the west coast of Africa, in Guinea Bay.

Ship found with $232 million worth of hash, all crew arrested

Italian authorities have seized 20 tonnes of hash worth as much as 200 million euros ($232 million) in the fuel tanks of a Panama-flagged ship that was stopped in international waters and escorted to Sicily. The entire 11-person crew, all from Montenegro, was arrested for international drugs trafficking.

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