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Cabinda to Cape Town: how crime-proof are Africa’s Atlantic shores?

The Atlantic Ocean, historically pivotal for transoceanic trade, remains crucial today, particularly in connecting Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Somalia at a critical juncture

Somalia held indirect presidential elections in May 2022, electing Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, which led to the country's accession to the East African Community (EAC) in December 2023.

Re-Imagining Africa’s Agency in Global Maritime Security

To address rising maritime security challenges along the African coastline, including the capture of the fishing vessel Almeraj 1 off the coast of Somalia, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and..

UN piracy unit urged to shift focus to maritime crime in Africa eastern coast

The UN Contact Group on Piracy along the Western Indian Ocean has been urged to focus its attention to the rising cases of migrant smuggling and illegal fishing as it ventures into new areas of focus..

Why the SDF is still patrolling the Gulf of Aden for pirates

When a light suddenly flashed across the radar screen, the crew inside a Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C patrol aircraft stationed in East Africa alerted the pilots to a potential situation at sea.

EUCAP Mission in Somalia celebrates 10th anniversary

On July 16, the European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia) turned ten years old. Over the past decade, the mission has contributed to strengthening Somali institutional..

EA ports expect more ships after drop in piracy in Indian Ocean waters

The global shipping sector has demonstrated tremendous resilience in recent years as safety levels increased.

UN authorisation to fight piracy in Somali waters lapses

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has not extended a resolution for the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea within Somalia’s territorial waters.

Kenya receives ‘simulator’ to fight maritime crime

The fight against maritime crimes has received a boost following a partnership between the US and Kenya’s coast guard under the Global Maritime Crime Programme.


The United Nations Security Council has not extended UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2608 (2021) which, among other measures, allowed for the fight against piracy and armed robbery of..