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ECSA welcomes extension of EU Operation Atalanta against piracy

Following the European Council’s decision on 30 July to extent the mandate of EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta until 31 December 2020, the European shipowners welcomed the move, noting that the operation has brought a significant decline in piracy numbers in the East African region. 

EU NAVFOR to move from UK to Spain due to Brexit

The European Council extended the mandate of EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta until 31 December 2020. It also decided to relocate the EU NAVFOR Operational Headquarters from Northwood, UK to Rota, Spain, and to Brest France for the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa MSCHOA as of 29 March 2019.

IMO, EU NAVFOR leaders shed focus on coordination

Charlie Stickland, the Operational Commander Major General of EU NAVFOR, met with Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the IMO, on 11 May at IMO Headquarters in London. At the meeting, general Stickland updated the IMO Secretary-General on EU NAVFOR’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta.

EUNAVFOR reveals identity of attacked Saudi oil tanker

EUNAVFOR informed that the oil tanker that was attacked on March 3, off Hodeidah, Yemen, is the Merchant Tanker “Abqaiq”, a Kingdom of Saudi Arabia flagged vessel. Combined Maritime Forces and EUNAVFOR confirmed that the incident is related to the ongoing conflict in Yemen. The tanker was sailing in international waters off Hodeidah.

Tanker repels pirates after being attacked off Somalia

EUNAVFOR informed that on 23rd February, the Motor Tanker Leopard Sun was attacked by two skiffs 160 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia. The Singapore flagged chemical tanker was heading from Sohar, to Cape Town, South Africa when the incident happened.

Seychelles charges pirates after attack in Somali Basin

The Seychellois Attorney General informed on 18 December, that the six Somali nationals apprehended by the crew of EU NAVFOR flagship ‘ITS Virginio Fasan’ have been charged with ‘committing an act of piracy’ and ‘attempting an act of piracy’ in the Indian Ocean.

Suspected pirates detained after piracy attacks in Somali Basin

Six suspected pirates on a motor whaler, acting as mother ship, and a skiff have been detained following attacks on a 52,000 tonne container ship and a fishing vessel, during a a 24 hour operation by EUNAVFOR, on 17-18 November, in the Southern Somali Basin.

IMO meeting addresses unsafe mixed migration by sea

The complexities of migration, as a humanitarian challenge, were discussed on Monday, 30 October, at a meeting hosted by the IMO, bringing together representatives of UN agencies, the maritime industry and European Union naval forces.  

OBP explains role of Vessel Protection Detachment

In a recent white paper, OBP explores the model of Vessel Protection Detachments, uniformed military personnel embarked on a vessel with explicit approval of the Flag State. Unlike private security actors, VPD operators are trained to follow strict and defined rules of engagement through traditional military chain of command.

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