African states don’t prioritize maritime security

Dirk Siebels, University of Greenwich Piracy off the African coastline has been a headline grabbing phenomenon for more than a decade. For a few years though, Somali pirates appeared to have a quiet spell. Then, recently they had their first successful attack against a merchant vessel since 2012. Other attacks followed, including one in April …

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A solution to Somali piracy is in sight

Stephanie Carver, Monash University The recent hijacking of an oil tanker by alleged Somali pirates raises a number of important questions. The MT Aris 13 was the first commercial vessel to be hijacked since 2012. For the international community, the question is whether this represents a new spectre of piracy on the horizon. The attack …

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Africa needs collaboration and support to tackle crime at sea

Hennie van As, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Illegal fishing and its associated criminal activity at sea is an intractable and major international problem. It involves high-profile white-collar crime syndicates that move vast amounts of illegal fish and seafood. But it also involves other crimes, like human and drug trafficking. Recently, South Africa fined three Chinese …

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