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The Federal Government of Somalia’s decision to create a coastguard to combat piracy and maintain maritime security by outsourcing the role to a private security firm have hit controversy with other autonomous states in the war torn country.

An unprecedented alert has been issued today, warning of the risk of attack off Yemen by an Al Qaeda-affiliated group.

Australia has become the 19th nation to join Asian regional anti-piracy body ReCAAP.

The European Community of Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has demanded “concrete EU action” against piracy in West Africa, as well as an extension of the EU NavFor Atlanta mandate.

Crew members on vessels calling at Egyptian ports have reportedly been approached by mysterious persons seeking to board, referring to themselves only as “businessmen”.

Fishing vessel Naham 3, which is believed to be carrying hostages from the sunken MV Albedo, has been moved to a new anchorage in the Galmudug region of Somalia.

BH Global Corporation, which had two vessels taken from its subsidiary's Batam yard by a mob a week ago said in a stock market announcement that they have since been successfully retrieved by the Indonesian Navy and handed over to the Batam Police.

EU naval forces have been overflying the pirated fishing vessel where 11 of the crew Albedo are believed to be being held hostage.

 

Somali piracy fell to its lowest since 2006 in the first half of this year, but violent attacks off West Africa are on the rise, warns the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) its first half report.

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