Source: Republic of Mauritius |

Maritime surveillance: Suspicious fishing vessel apprehended by CGS Barracuda

The vessel was intercepted on 10 January 2022 while CGS Barracuda was patrolling the EEZ of Mauritius

As part of the action of the National Coast Guard (NCG) in combatting the illegal activities that are happening in the Mauritius Maritime Zone, the CGS Barracuda was deployed for surveillance in the northern part of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Mauritius for a couple of days. While patrolling…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism - Foreign Affairs Department, Republic of Seychelles |

The Government of Seychelles condemns pirate attacks off the coast of Hodeidah

Such blatant acts jeopardise regional security and place the protection of the region's citizens at risk

Seychelles has long been at the forefront of the fight against piracy in the Western Indian Ocean, and therefore, we are deeply disturbed by the recent attacks on the UAE-flagged vessel in the Red Sea. The Government of Seychelles condemns in the strongest terms the recent pirate attacks on the…

Source: Department of Science and Innovation, Republic of South Africa |

Science and Innovation on launch of South African nanosatellite constellation

Elon Musk's SpaceX Transporter-3 mission to launch South African nanosatellite constellation

In a first for South Africa's space industry, three locally produced nanosatellites will be launched into space today. The first Maritime Domain Awareness Satellite constellation (MDASat-1) will be launched as part of US aerospace company SpaceX's Transporter-3 mission. The launch is scheduled to take place from Cape Canaveral in the…

Source: EU Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia) |

National Action Plan for Women in the Somali Maritime Sector proceeding

Efforts to enhance opportunities for Somali women in their country’s maritime sector took a significant step forward

Enhancing and supporting women’s role in security and maritime sectors is a vital part of Somalia’s development. Efforts to enhance opportunities for Somali women in their country’s maritime sector took a significant step forward recently with a national gathering aimed at establishing the next actions in this field. EUCAP Somalia,…

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2021 Year in Review: Refugee, migrant numbers rise, despite travel curbs

By November, more than 84 million people had been forced from their homes, according to UNHCR data

Pandemic-related travel restrictions may have put a dent on international migration figures in 2021, but the number of people forced to leave their homes, due to conflict and persecution, rose to record highs. By November, more than 84 million people had been forced from their homes, according to UNHCR data. This…

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Shipping and Logistics Represent Valuable Opportunities for African Companies, Entrepreneurs in the Energy Sector in 2022 (By NJ Ayuk)

Shipping and logistics operators serve as crucial links in the oil and gas supply chain, in that they are responsible for moving goods, parts, equipment, and workers

By NJ Ayuk, Chairman, African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) Like many other national oil companies (NOCs) in Africa, Ghana National Petroleum Corp. (GNPC) has mostly served as a minority partner in upstream projects. That is, it has represented the Ghanaian government’s interests in contracts with foreign investors and collected a share…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism - Foreign Affairs Department, Republic of Seychelles |

Contact Group on piracy off the coast of Somalia Friends of the Chair meeting

CGPCS Draft Strategic plan: Toward the review of CGPCS focus beyond piracy

Progress of the work for the formulation of a strategic plan, which aims to map out the future of the Contact Group on piracy off the coast of Somalia (CGPCS) for adoption by its Plenary session was one of the key agenda of the CGPCS Friends of the Chair meeting,…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Mozambique conference calls for revival of fishing communities

Mozambique has the third-longest coastline in Africa, with enormous coastal resources that contribute significantly to the economy

African leaders and policymakers have called for strategies to harness the potential of the blue economy to achieve sustainable development. The call came at a high-level conference hosted by the Government of Mozambique on 18 and 19 November in the City of Vilanculos. The theme was Investing in Ocean Health…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

The research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen takes off to study marine life in Cabo Verde waters

The survey is taking place in collaboration with the Government of Cabo Verde, covering shallow waters from 20 metres, to up to 1000 metres below sea level

The research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen of the EAF-Nansen Programme, has just taken off for another month-long research expedition, this time around the Cabo Verde Islands. On board is a team of scientists from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR), the Institute of Sea (IMar) in Cabo Verde, and two guest…

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Navy Ship Visits Maputo, Mozambique

Navy sailors will engage with officials from the Mozambican military and government and conduct a Navy-to-Navy exchange

The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) arrived in Maputo, Mozambique for a scheduled port visit, October 15, 2021.  This marks the first port visit by a U.S. Navy ship since 2011 and shows the strengthening partnership between the United States of America and the Republic of…