East African Terror Groups Are Exploiting The Seas

Counter-terrorism strategies must consider how the coastline provides a financial and operational life-line to violent extremists. Violent extremist groups operating in East Africa such as al-Shabaab, Ansar al-Sunna and the Islamic State in East Africa Somalia (IS-Somalia) are increasingly making use of gaps in maritime security. Counter-terrorism strategies must target this aspect of their operations … More East African Terror Groups Are Exploiting The Seas

FairFishing – Changing the Somali Mindset From Catching Vessels to Catching Fish

At the height of piracy in the Cape Horn, journalist Jakob Johannsen, Claus Bindslev and international development journalist Knud Vilby began their journey to turn “Somali Pirates into Fishermen”. There was a paradoxical situation; a hungry population, people longing for jobs, and a sea full of fish. The solution was simple – Fishing. A fact-finding … More FairFishing – Changing the Somali Mindset From Catching Vessels to Catching Fish

Nigerian Piracy – Have We Reached a Tipping Point?

Stephen Askins – a partner at maritime and commercial solicitors, Tatham & Co, writes; There seems to be no sense that Nigeria piracy is slowing and in the past month, we have seen a step-change in tactics as the pirates have upped the ante by taking hostages from laden vessels in numbers not seen before[1]. … More Nigerian Piracy – Have We Reached a Tipping Point?

“The Best Ways to Protect Your Superyacht”

In a recent article for Forbes Magazine, CEO and Founder of MARSS Johannes Pinl discusses the increased desire from superyacht clients for protection. Tell me about what superyacht owners are requesting for security on their boats. Johannes Pinl: “Owners want to know what is going on onboard and around their yacht. As such, clients are … More “The Best Ways to Protect Your Superyacht”

Armed Pirates Board Anchored Ship Off Coast of Cameroon

On the 30th March 2019, in the Gulf of Guinea, armed pirates boarded an anchored ship off the coast of Cameroon. They kidnapped four members of the crew and escaped. The fact that the ship, a container-ship, The Oak, was anchored in the area shortly after a major anti-piracy exercise conducted by US forces, NATO … More Armed Pirates Board Anchored Ship Off Coast of Cameroon

How Should the Superyacht Industry React and Plan for Cyber Risk Management?

The 21st century, has pushed the maritime world, just like all other industries, further and further online.  Safety management systems are now online; internal and external communication is now 24/7 via smart technology; the sextant has been replaced with GPS and online charts.  We continue to benefit from rapidly improving and innovative technology. Yet the … More How Should the Superyacht Industry React and Plan for Cyber Risk Management?