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The Joint Shipping Initiative (JSI) has given $1.5m of extra funds to a programme in Somalia aimed at improving the lives of Somalis and increasing security for seafarers.

The US has become the 20th nation to join Asian anti-piracy information sharing centre ReCAAP.

Asian shipowners have called for action by governments on piracy in West Africa and Southeast Asia.

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has highlighted the increased risk of cyber-attacks on shipping and ports – the “next playground for hackers”.

An attempted hijacking of a product tanker 200 nm offshore Nigeria at the weekend could be a “game changer” in Gulf of Guinea piracy warn security firm Dryad Maritime.

Sometimes the global fight against piracy is bit reminiscent of one of those “whack-a-mole” games in amusement arcades – every time you bash down the mole in one place it pops up in another. In the late 1990’s and into the first part of the 2000’s Southeast Asia was the global blackspot, however, pressure on regional governments saw the problem brought under control.

The number of piracy attacks worldwide fell in the first half 2014 according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), however, it highlighted “a worrying trend of small tanker hijacks in Southeast Asia”.

The hijacking of the tanker Moresby 9 and the stealing of its cargo, was the third such incident to hit its owner this year, according ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre.

Security firm Dryad Maritime is warning on the rise in pirate activity in Southeast Asian waters.

A lack of security off the coast of Nigeria threatens seafarers as well as the UK economy, according to a UK Chamber of Shipping study.

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