COLUMN | Houthi attacks show asymmetrical sea warfare is the way ahead [Naval Gazing]

Test firing of the UK-developed DragonFire laser weapon

Attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on merchant shipping in the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, and the Arabian Sea continue apace. The Iran-backed Houthis are very well equipped with multiple attack drones and with anti-shipping cruise and ballistic missiles. These weapons are based...

Boluda Towage acquires French emergency response operator

A Les Abeilles International response vessel

Boluda Towage has acquired Les Abeilles International, a provider of emergency response services primarily off the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts of France. The acquired company will now operate at Boluda Towage France. Its six French-flagged vessels will be added to the 40 vessels that Boluda...

EU naval forces liberate cargo ship, crew following failed pirate attack off Somalia

Screenshot of thermal imaging video footage of EU naval personnel coming to the aid of the cargo vessel Basilisk following a pirate attack east of Somalia, May 23, 2024

EU naval task force Operation Atalanta has reported the liberation of the Liberian-flagged general cargo vessel Basilisk and its 17-strong crew following a failed attack by pirates in the Indian Ocean off Somalia late last week. Officials said the ship was attacked by suspected pirates whilst...

Fisheries Development Oman’s newest seiner completes sea trials

Adamas, a new tuna seiner ordered by Fisheries Development Oman

Spain’s Zamakona Yards has completed conducting sea trials of a new tuna purse seining vessel ordered by Fisheries Development Oman (FDO). Adamas belongs to a series that also includes the 2023-built Acila. It will be operated by FDO subsidiary Al Wusta Fisheries Industries, which trades under the...

OPINION | Between them, Australia, France and India can watch the Indian Ocean

The runway at Cocos Keeling Islands taken from a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion aircraft, November 10, 2016

Australia, France, and India ought to be cooperating more closely in the surveillance of the Indian Ocean through their valuably located islands, enhancing the awareness of each of country without additional cost. They should first share information that they’re already collecting, then move as...

Report: China responsible for human rights abuses and illegal fishing across the Southwest Indian Ocean

Commercial fishing vessel

The Chinese fishing fleet is responsible for systemic illegal fishing and human rights abuses in countries bordering the Southwest Indian Ocean (SWIO), undercutting China’s claims of supporting sustainable development and thriving blue economies in the region, according to a new report published by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). China’s distant-water fleet (DWF) is by far […]

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COLUMN | On the edge? McDermott, Petrofac, The Metals Company and Cadeler [Offshore Accounts]

Lady Gaga famously sang that she was “on the edge of glory”. This week, we look at four companies on the edge of….well, something. Let’s check in on two construction companies, a subsea mining venture, and our favourite wind turbine installer. McDermott on the edge Finally, a judge in the UK has...

Cargo ship, crew released 32 days after hijacking off Somalia

EUNAVFOR ships escort the Bangladeshi-flagged bulk carrier Abdullah after it was released by pirates at the end of a 32-day hijacking incident off the coast of Somalia, April 14, 2024.

European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Somalia, the European Union maritime counter-piracy task force deployed in the waters of the Indian Ocean off Somalia, has confirmed the release of a commercial cargo vessel and its crew 32 days after it was seized. The Bangladeshi-flagged bulk carrier Abdullah...

Massive shipwreck discovered on seabed off Western Australia

Researchers in Australia have discovered a massive shipwreck estimated to be approximately 64 metres long lying at the bottom of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia. A small autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) developed by Sydney-based maritime technology company Advanced Navigation...

Houthis target Vietnamese-owned tanker, threaten attacks in Indian Ocean

The situation in the Red Sea gets no calmer. Today brought a report from UKMTO of a Houthi attack on a merchant vessel 76 nautical miles west of Al Hudayah. While UKMTO initially reported the master as saying that the vessel had been struck and had sustained some damage, in a subsequent update, the master reported that, upon a daylight inspection, it was found that the vessel had sustained no damage and was proceeding on its voyage.



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