1. There are no significant events to report this week.
2. In open source news ‘The National’ discusses the need for a regional gas hub, comparing the situation to North America or north-west Europe where ‘a dense network of pipelines connects producers and importers with consumers and exporters’ (a). ‘Ajot.com’ looks at how ‘oil revenues could reshape Somalia’s economy’ bringing more tanker traffic to the region, but ‘will the promise of new oil wealth bring new challenges to regional shipping?’.
The Royal Navy and US Navy combine to conduct a 3 week minehunting exercise in the Gulf,
Taiwanese boat engineer, Shen Jui-chang gives a harrowing account of his 4 years held in captivity by Somali pirates (Audio),
‘Piracy in Somalia has not been defeated but only countered. The threat can recur since the security and economic situation in Somalia remains dire’ reports Xinhuanet in an interview with a UN official,
French film maker Bertrand Monnet travels to Somalia and Nigeria to understand the reasons why piracy is taking place (Video).
3. A reminder that the next Maritime Information Exchange Vessel Operators’ Meeting (MIEVOM) will take place at the Dubai International Seafarers’ Centre (DISC) on Thursday 8 Dec 16.
Those wishing to attend should inform Lt Chris Long at: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1 Dec 16