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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 (HDPE) plastic material.

First published: North P&I Club, Signals Online. Read article.

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 article.

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 or cybercrime.

Publication: Splash 24/7. Read article.

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 and terrorism you can probably…

Publication: Splash 24/7. Read article.

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 is far different.

Publication: The Sea. Read article.

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 collective anxiety half a notch …

Publication: Navigate Response newsletter. Read article.

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 nations.

Publication: The Mark News. Read article

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. But the price of crude oil has fallen precipitously since mid-2014, which means that human hostages are now more valuable than their once-precious cargo.

Publication: Washington Post. Read article.

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 transform African trade. Yet corruption and poor management may mean the gains will be squandered. Phil de Burgh of Gray Page, contributes to the discussion in The Economist.

Publication: The Economist. Read article.

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: Bunkerspot. Read article.

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, the number of reported incidents in other regions has shot up. Indonesia is a case in point… James Wilkes speaks to Carly Fields about piracy in South East Asia.

Publication: Breakbulk News. Read article.

Plain speaking


James Wilkes of Gray Page issues an unequivocal call to shipowners and governments to take concerted and firm action over the issue of maritime piracy. “It is a further puzzlement that with all the technology surrounding us today…the ships that have been hijacked in order to steal their cargo have been impossible to track.”

Publication: Cargo Security Intelligence. Read article.

Better US-Cuba relations generate hope of more future trade links


James Walters of Gray Page contributes to the debate in Tradewinds on how a relaxation of decades-old US embargo on Cuba will impact maritime trade. Walters highlights that while “any thawing of the US-Cuba relationship will be very good for Cuba”, it could “actually harm the general shipping industry, which currently serves Cuba on long-haul trade routes…”

Publication: Tradewinds. Read article.

Second abandoned migrant ship arrives in Italy


James Wilkes, Managing Director of maritime investigations specialists, Gray Page, speaks to Channel 4 News about why ships like the EZADEEN and BLUE SKY M are being used by organised criminals to smuggle Syrian refugees into Southern Europe.

Full Channel 4 News story

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