Tag Archives: Piracy

Landlocked Ethiopia Charts a Course for a Navy

the building of a capable navy will be an expensive and long-term endeavor for Ethiopia
The building of a capable navy will be an expensive and long-term endeavor for Ethiopia.

BY STRATFOR

As Ethiopia’s leaders push for the country to become a significant international trade player, Addis Ababa will need to protect its trade routes in the years ahead — something that necessitates a maritime presence. Continue reading Landlocked Ethiopia Charts a Course for a Navy

New Initiative to Challenge Foreign Interests in Red Sea Nations

Top officials from Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Yemen, Sudan and Djibouti attended the Egyptian government sponsored conference

Conference titled “Peace, Security and Prosperity in the Red Sea: Towards an Arab-African Regional Cooperation Framework” was held in Egypt.

BY EGYPT TODAY

Egypt launched an initiative to establish a framework of cooperation between the Arab and African countries bordering the Red Sea, to face foreign interests threatening Red Sea countries on Monday December 11. Continue reading New Initiative to Challenge Foreign Interests in Red Sea Nations

Yemen War Adds to Rising Fears for Ships in Horn of Africa

The crisis in Yemen is spilling over into both sides of the Bab Al Mandab strait as escalation in ship attacks and a spike in piracy now threaten all shipping that seeks to transit one of the busiest and most strategic maritime bottlenecks in the world.

BY JONATHAN SAUL | REUTERS

Yemen’s worsening conflict is contributing to a spike in piracy in the region, with Somali pirates taking advantage of a reduced international naval presence and more readily available weaponry to carry out attacks.

“The regional instability caused by Yemen is important,” Colonel Richard Cantrill, chief of staff with the European Union’s counter piracy mission EU NAVFOR, told Reuters last week. Continue reading Yemen War Adds to Rising Fears for Ships in Horn of Africa

Filipino Fishermen in Saudi Arabia told to Avoid Eritrean Waters

Lesson learned. Filipino fishermen warned from illegally fishing in Eritrean waters

By The Filipino Times,

Filipino fishermen based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia KSA have been warned against crossing into Eritrean waters, and becoming victims of piracy and detention.

The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-profit organization that assists distressed migrant workers, issued the warning while welcoming home nine Filipino fishermen who were deported by the government of Eritrea after they were caught fishing illegally in their territorial seas, reported Manila Bulletin.

“Filipino fishermen based in Saudi Arabia should resist the temptation to illegally fish outside the Kingdom’s borders particularly in the seas of Eritrea […],” the Center reportedly said. Continue reading Filipino Fishermen in Saudi Arabia told to Avoid Eritrean Waters

Four Britons held in Eritrea

Eritrea

AFP 

Four British citizens have been detained in Eritrea, the Foreign Office in London said Friday, amid reports that the men were former soldiers guarding a merchant ship from pirates. 

A statement said Britain was “deeply concerned” that authorities in the Horn of Africa nation had not allowed consular officials to speak to or visit the men, adding that ministers and diplomats were continuing to demand access.  Continue reading Four Britons held in Eritrea