19 Feb 2013

Pakistan hands management of strategic Gwadar port to China

“China took over management on Monday of Pakistan’s Gwadar port, en route to key Hormuz Straits oil shipping lanes, in a move which has prompted nerves in India about its fellow Asian giant’s growing strategic clout.” Source: Pakistan hands management of strategic Gwadar port to China | Reuters

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09 Feb 2013

Nigeria – Pirates Kidnap 3 Sailors Off Coast

“Pirates off the coast of Nigeria and Cameroon attacked a ship and kidnapped three sailors, including two Russians, in the latest assault on shippers in the increasingly dangerous waters of the Gulf of Guinea, officials said Friday.” Source: Nigeria – Pirates Kidnap 3 Sailors Off Coast – NYTimes.com

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08 Feb 2013

China denies putting radar-lock on Japanese warship

“China on Friday denied accusations by Japan that a Chinese navy vessel had put a radar-lock on a Japanese warship near a group of disputed islands at the heart of a bitter feud between the two Asian nations.” Source: China denies putting radar-lock on Japanese warship – CNN.com

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06 Feb 2013

India concerned by China role in Pakistan port

“China’s role in operating a strategically important port in Pakistan is a matter of concern for India, its defense minister said on Wednesday, as New Delhi and Beijing jostle for influence in the region.” Source: India concerned by China role in Pakistan port | Reuters

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05 Feb 2013

Pirates Seize French-Owned Tanker and Hold 17 Aboard

“A French-owned oil tanker that went missing off the Ivory Coast is believed to have been hijacked by pirates who are holding the 17 sailors on board, a maritime agency said Monday. “ Source: Pirates Seize French-Owned Tanker and Hold 17 Aboard – NYTimes.com

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01 Feb 2013

Chinese Firm Will Run Strategic Pakistani Port at Gwadar

“Pakistan is handing management control of a strategic but commercially troubled deep-sea port to a Chinese company, the information minister confirmed Thursday. “ Source: Chinese Firm Will Run Strategic Pakistani Port at Gwadar – NYTimes.com

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31 Jan 2013

US Navy to cut up ship stranded on reef

“A 224-foot-long U.S. warship will have to be cut into smaller pieces to get it off a Philippine reef where it grounded two weeks ago, Navy officials said Wednesday.” Source: Navy to cut up ship stranded on reef – CNN.com

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26 Jan 2013

5 Indian sailors held hostage in Nigeria are freed

“Five Indian sailors kidnapped off Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta and held captive for more than a month have been released by their abductors, a spokesman said Saturday.” Source: 5 Indian sailors held hostage in Nigeria are freed – US News and World Report

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23 Jan 2013

Piracy Soars in West African Waters

“The pirate business is booming off the coast of Nigeria. There were 27 attacks in Nigerian waters last year, compared to 10 the year before, according to the International Maritime Bureau. Numbers like that make West African waters among the most dangerous in the world, second only to the coast

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22 Jan 2013

Pirates seize oil tanker in Ivory Coast

“Armed men have hijacked a tanker carrying 5,000 tons of jet fuel from an Ivory Coast port and taken it off the coast of Ghana, though its precise whereabouts are unknown, government authorities and maritime officials said Monday.” Source: Officials: Pirates seize oil tanker in Ivory Coast – Yahoo! News

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