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February 2014

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MARITIME SECURITY IN THE GULF OF GUINEA – An update

The maritime security situation in the Gulf of Guinea continues to be a cause for concern for many observers. Under-reporting in the region is at an all time high, with most incident reports coming via third parties or even through local media. Piracy is largely accepted as occurring outside a nation’s territorial waters (12nm), while anything inside that is normally considered to be armed robbery. However, the media generally refer to incidents involving the boarding of merchant ships in the…
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February 23, 2014
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NEW FRONTIERS DEMAND THOSE WITH KNOW – HOW

The independent report from Lyonsdown for the Sunday Telegraph this month focused on, amongst other business topics, the oil and gas exploration industry " setting up shop " in sub - Saharan Africa. Whilst not new news there were interesting observations made. BP suggest that by 2035 Africa's energy production will grow by 47% and expect oil supply to account for 10% of all supply globally and gas 9%. Whilst readers will be familiar with Nigeria and Angola's thriving oil…
LS
February 16, 2014
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New affiliate : OCEAN MARINE SECURITY LTD

OMS Ltd is a strategically positioned specialist organization operating the marine industry to provide relevant, effective and modern TURN-KEY solutions to high-risks security concerns in the entire Gulf of Guinea. MISSION STATEMENT ‘To enhance the safeguarding of commercial investment by offering expert advice and real solutions.’ VISION STATEMENT ‘To provide premier security solutions that will promote a safe business environment in Nigeria.’ OMS is the market leader in maritime security solutions. • Offshore Security – Patrol security boat escorts and…
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February 16, 2014
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New affiliate – Watson, Farley & Williams

Watson, Farley & Williams is a leading international law firm with offices in London, New York, Paris, Hamburg, Madrid, Munich, Frankfurt, Rome, Milan, Athens, Piraeus, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok. Watson, Farley & Williams advises on international litigation, bankruptcy, finance, corporate and commercial matters, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, competition, taxation, alternative dispute resolution, real estate and employment law.  Industry sectors where Watson, Farley & Williams has particular expertise across the firm include shipping (including vessel security issues), aviation, energy,…
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February 16, 2014
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Battle underway for huge gas fields

The gas El Dorado in Mozambique and Tanzania isn’t just feeding the frenzy of Asian countries that need huge quantities of gas but has also swept up historical producers like Algeria and Russia. Boasting gigantic gas reserves, the two countries are determined that the area - in which 200 TCF of gas have already been discovered - doesn’t slip completely beyond their control. Gazprom and Sonatrach turn up after the battle - Although the most promising blocks have already been awarded,…
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February 11, 2014
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Piracy a pressing problem for Nigeria

A pirate attack on the tanker Gascogne in Ivory Coast waters on Feb. 2 clearly signalled that gangs from the Niger Delta are now able to operate pretty well everywhere in the Gulf of Guinea. They are benefiting from the blind eye, if not complicity, of the Nigerian government which hasn’t managed to break them up and isn’t using its fleet to protect even its own territorial waters. The piracy circuit - In the case of Gascogne, after “seizing” the small amount of…
LS
February 5, 2014