Dispute Over Chagos Islands Is A Bilateral Matter Says A UK Foreign Minister

by Kylie MacLellan (Reuters) - Britain will consider the view of the World Court on control of the Chagos Islands but the dispute is with Mauritius and should be resolved bilaterally, British foreign office minister Alan Duncan said on Tuesday. On Monday the International Court of Justice (ICJ) told Britain to give up control over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean, and … [Read more...]

World Court Says U.K. Should Cede Control Of Islands Surrounding Diego Garcia

by Kamlesh Bhuckory (Bloomberg) The International Court of Justice said the U.K. should hand back to Mauritius control of an Indian Ocean archipelago where a key U.S. naval base is located. “The U.K.’s continued administration of the Chagos archipelago “is an unlawful act of a continuing character,” court President Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf said in The Hague. “Accordingly … [Read more...]

MV Hansa Brandenburg: Fire Leaves Containership Burning and Adrift, Salvage Companies Contracted

UPDATE 18 July: Leonhardt & Blumberg spokesperson Cor Radings notes in a phone call that two salvage companies have been contracted, Five Oceans and SMIT Salvage, to begin work on saving the MV Hansa Brandenburg and her cargo.  Overflights from Mauritius have confirmed that the fire has affected the superstructure of the vessel, but a current status of the vessel is … [Read more...]

Keep a Sharp Lookout for the Thejan Putha, and its Crew of Murderous Pirates

On 15 October, the fishing vessel Thejan Putha was hijacked approximately 50 nm off the Hambantota Coast of Sri Lanka. Ten armed asylum seekers-turned pirates boarded the fishing vessel from a fiberglass dinghy reportedly with permission from the captain. Armed with swords, the pirates then tied the hands of four crewmembers behind their backs and threw them overboard, but not … [Read more...]

ONI Issues Maritime Warning for the Indian Ocean

Via the US Office of Naval Intelligence: The following is a maritime warning for mariners operating in the Gulf of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the Bab el Mandeb regions. Be advised, elevated regional tensions have increased the risk of potential maritime attacks being conducted by extremists. Vessels at anchor, operating in restricted maneuvering environments, … [Read more...]