Libya navy bars foreign ships from migrant 'search and rescue' zone

The Libyan navy on Thursday ordered foreign vessels to stay out of a coastal “search and rescue zone” for migrants headed for Europe, a measure it said targeted NGOs. Six years since a revolution that toppled longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Libya has become a key departure point for migrants risking their lives to cross the […]

Tanker reportedly sank in Gulf of Aden

STEPAN KOTCHERGA June 26: Product tanker RAMA 2 reportedly issued distress signal and sank on June 26 in Gulf of Aden, in vicinity 13 50N 055 53E, some 130 nm northeast of easternmost Socotra tip. Vessel said to develop a list prior to sinking, while en route to Al Hamriya, UAE from Mogadishu. SAR launched […]

Yemen ship sinking: 35 rescued off coast

At least 35 of the almost 60 people who were on board a ship that sank in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Yemen have been rescued, officials say. The cargo vessel disappeared about 48km (26 nautical miles) north-west of the remote island of Socotra while sailing from the eastern province of Hadramawt. The […]

Almost 60 people missing after ship sinks off Yemen

Nearly 60 people are missing after a ship sank off Yemen’s Socotra island, its fisheries minister said on Wednesday, with state media reporting that only two people had been rescued. The boat went missing five days ago while heading from Yemen’s southeastern port city of Mukalla towards Socotra with some 60 people on board, among […]

Japan offers to train maritime security officials from Asean

China has rejected recent ruling which dismissed its claims in the South China Sea.   Tan Hui Yee Japan is offering to train some 1,000 maritime security officials from Asean, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during the Asean-Japan summit yesterday. According to Japanese officials interviewed by The Straits Times, the three-year initiative would cover mainly coast […]

Libyan navy admits confrontation with charity's rescue boat

Navy spokesman reportedly says its patrol fired warning shots to MSF refugee vessel, but aid group says attackers fired at boat. Patrick Kingsley and Chris Stephen The Libyan navy has admitted taking part in a confrontation with the refugee rescue boat the Bourbon Argos in international waters off the coast of Libya, following days of […]