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Hapag-Lloyd boxship chased by robbers off Ghana


Incident involving German containership marks spread of piracy threat in West Africa. A Hapag-Lloyd chartered containership has reportedly been chased by pirates while sailing off the West African nation of Ghana. Publication: Tradewinds, read Dale…

It’s time to nip crew abandonment in the bud


Seafarer abandonment should be called-out for what it is: the flagrant exploitation and neglect of vulnerable people. And in other walks of life, that is considered to be criminal behaviour. James Wilkes writes for Splash…

Maritime security: Putting the threats in perspective


James Wilkes, Managing Director of specialist maritime advisory and consulting group Gray Page writes for Associated British Ports Reports Magazine about some of the myths surrounding cyber security, terrorism and piracy in shipping. See 2017…

Razor wire – a thorny issue


In this article James Wilkes, Managing Director, Gray Page discusses the problems that razor wire fitted for anti-piracy purposes can pose for vessel operations, and a possible solution using barriers made of high density polyurethane…

When can we say with more certainty that Somalia-based piracy is resurgent?


On March 13, a small products tanker named Aris 13 was hijacked by a group of Somalians made up of young fishermen and former pirates according to Salad Nur, an elder… Publication: Splash 24/7. Read…

Interview on Sky News


James Wilkes, Managing Director, Gray Page interviewed live on Sky News, April 4, 1430 BST talks about piracy off the Somalia coast. Media: Sky News

Gray Page: On piracy and cybercrime


The indicators that piracy might reoccur in the Gulf of have been there for a long time… James Wilkes discusses the security issues facing shipping today, whether it is in the form of piracy, corruption…

Maritime security reality check


We need to tackle the security risks crews actually face at sea, not those that make the headlines. If the first concerns that spring to mind at the mention of ‘maritime security risks’ are cyber-attacks…

Mitigating the risk of boarding a stowaway


Stowaways have been a problem for shipowners for as long as there have been ships at sea. For those outside ther maritime industry there is still a whiff of adventure about the concept. The reality…

Maritime security: ‘Let’s deal with the nearest crocodile to the canoe’


Terrorism and cyber crime grab attention, but they’re not the most pressing risks. Terrorism and cyber-crime are scary subjects, aren’t they? Each new article, new comment, new blog highlighting the threat to shipping raises our…

Maritime Mayhem


Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, particularly the resurgence of violent marine kidnapping for ransom, will continue to plague the waters off of West Africa until local governments commit to ending corruption and building their…

Falling oil prices spark a rise in kidnappings by West African pirates


Before 2015, [the pirates from the Niger Delta] mostly targeted oil tankers, siphoning the black gold by the metric ton and ferrying it back to the mainland, where they sold it on the black market….

New investment alone will not fix Africa's ports


Africa, more so than elsewhere, desperately needs good ports. They are a mess, however. From Nigeria to Djibouti, decrepit and inefficient container ports are being expanded with money from overseas. That offers the potential to…

Cold comfort: the outlook for shipping in 2016


Shipping’s recovery continues to stall and the recent wave of ‘new’ investors in the sector may be feeling less bullish about potential returns. James Walters of Gray Page presents a sombre outlook for 2016. Publication:…

Don't discount the piracy threat


The headline figures for the number of piracy attacks reported globally seem encouraging. But while Somali piracy has been largely quashed thanks immeasurably to industry cooperation and the joint naval task force in the region,…

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