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Dirk Siebels 30 Mar 2021
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Nicky Willemse 27 Sep 2016
The HMS Portland visited Cape Town between 4 to 7 April, three months into her seven-month deployment as the Royal Navy's Atlantic Patrol Ship, one of the most advanced frigates at sea today.
In Africa, while piracy in Somalia's Gulf of Aden is currently on the decline, it has spread to West Africa.
In Cape Town last week, experts from the sector of African maritime security met to discuss what can be done to keep Africa's coasts piracy-free. Why should you care?
Rebecca Davis 2 Dec 2013
Denel is expanding its presence in the maritime environment with a growing number of products and services that can be used to support naval operations.
Some 600 maritime and naval experts are expected to meet in Cape Town from 25-27 November 2013 to discuss the price of piracy in Africa and the institutional and technical solutions available during the annual Maritime & Coastal Security Africa conference and exhibition.
More than 300 delegates from the defence industry and the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) are expected to attend the SA Joint Air Defence Symposium (SAJADS 2013) which will be held at the CSIR in Tshwane next week.
Denel's contribution to South Africa's air defence capabilities will come under the spotlight at the eighth SA Joint Air Defence Symposium (SAJADS 2013) which will be held at the CSIR in Tshwane next week.
LAGOS: The European Union said on Wednesday (28 August) that it was increasing security efforts in the Gulf of Guinea, the West African maritime region that has become a global piracy hotspot.
The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro has called for co-operation among Western African countries to effectively clamp down on threats posed by pirates along the Gulf of Guinea.
Mohammede Awal 5 Aug 2013
Two conferences held in Cape Town this week highlighted the fact that about 90% of all trade between countries is shipped by sea.
Helmo Preuss 26 Apr 2013
A Spanish ship-building company is actively promoting a new offshore vessel to the South African Navy according to DefenceWeb. ,
According to the UN Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), in July last year President Boni Yayi of Benin sent a worried letter to the UN secretary-general. Pirate activities were scaring shipping away from the ports on which Benin's revenues depend.
The Nautical Institute has launched Maritime Security - a practical guide to making vessels more secure and creating a security culture that can be applied both onboard and ashore, Ports and Ships website reports. While security has become part of life on board ships, the number and sophistication of the threats to security have also increased.
According to Jason Marriott-Watson of the maritime security company ISPS Group, there are significant risks for shipping operators and owners who use armed Maritime Security companies for anti-piracy tasks, defenceWeb reports.
Denel intends to expand its proven expertise in systems engineering and command-and-control across the defence environment, with products and services that can be used in both the defence and civilian security sectors.
According to Ports & Ships website, the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board (KZNSB) has unveiled a Maritime Centre of Excellence, which it says, is "the first-of-its-kind in the SADC region".
Sturrock Shipping has announced the opening of new port offices in Tanzania, Mozambique and Ghana, as part of an ongoing strategy to take advantage of the economic growth taking place on the African continent.
NEW DELHI, INDIA: Joint military exercises between India and China will be resumed after a four-year gap, Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony announced on Tuesday after talks in New Delhi with his Beijing counterpart.
According to DefenceWeb, HSV-2 Swift, a non-commissioned, high-speed hybrid catamaran chartered to the United States Navy Military Sealift Command, is visiting a number of South African ports as part of her Africa Partnership Station (APS) mission. It is visiting Cape Town's Simon's Town, East London and Durban before going to Mozambique and thereafter continuing up the east African coast.
Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said that the South African National Defence Force's maritime security strategy will remain a priority for some years to come, Independent Online reports.
Allafrica.com reports that Southern Africa countries have strengthened security in their coastal areas as the tide of maritime piracy treks south and threatens trade along the Mozambique Channel.
The United States ambassador to Mozambique has saluted an anti-piracy agreement signed between South Africa and Mozambique last week which presages an accord with Tanzania.
PRETORIA: South Africa and Mozambique have partnered to ensure the safety of the region's seas by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will step up efforts to put pirates out of business.
African nations have been urged to pool their resources to fight maritime security threats and to prevent pirates from attacking or hijacking ships, according to an article published by News24.
Piracy and other maritime threats around Africa are now costing most international users of sea routes millions in increased fuel prices, insurance, security and ransom payments as well as costing Africa its integrity, security and position as a leading player in sea trade.
PRETORIA: The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) recently joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Maritime Day. World Maritime Day is observed every year in September to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and clean seas.
Piracy involving a number of ships moving through the Mozambique Channel, poses a real threat to shipping as pirates would be able to board a ship, kill its crew members before looting and sinking it, according to defence analyst Helmoed-Romer Heitman.
PRETORIA: In a bid to deal more effectively with pirates, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is to hold a summit at the end of October.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is an agency specialising in the responsibility of the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships based in the United Nations.