UN-backed project to boost safety, security in vital Malacca shipping lane

The navigational safety, security and environmental protection of the Straits of Malacca, one of the world’s most important shipping lanes in a region rife with piracy and fears of terrorism, are set to be enhanced by the first-ever type of cooperative mechanism envisaged by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Somalia: UN agency welcomes release of hijacked ship used to carry food aid

Calling on authorities to take action to curb piracy in Somali waters, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) hailed the release of a hijacked ship used for carrying food aid which had been hijacked in February off the coast of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in the northeast of the African country.