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Nigerian police deploy gunboats to tackle sea piracy in oil rich state

Nigeria’s police in southern oil rich Bayelsa had deployed 16 patrol gunboats and 6,000 policemen to tackle sea piracy and criminality in waterways to ensure safety of the water channels. The 6,000 personnel had been deployed after undergoing marine training, while some are still being trained, Asuquo Amba, police chief in charge of the state told reporters in Yenagoa, the state capital. The police chief said intelligence report gathered by the police showed that the Delta and Rivers waterways had recorded relative calm due to synergy of the various state ...

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A start-up fighting pirates with satellites just raised $70 million

Spire Global has been launching small satellites to keep watch over the Earth’s oceans and remote lands since 2014. The start-up now has $70 million in fresh capital to fuel its expansion, which includes opening a new office in Luxembourg, CNBC has learned. At least 100 times each day, Spire satellites take a reading of what’s happening on Earth. The company uses radio frequency technology instead of cameras to hear how many ships are sailing and where they are, and how many planes are flying over remote locations. It all ...

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EU Naval Force Intercepts Suspected Pirates Off Somalia’s Coast

A European Union naval force captured assailants who fired rocket-propelled grenades at a container ship off Somalia’s coast, highlighting the threat piracy still poses to one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Six crew commanding a whaleboat and skiff were located by helicopter and detained after the attacks on the 52,000 metric-ton container ship and a fishing vessel, the EU Naval Force for Somalia said Sunday in a statement. A security team on one of the vessels and “good seamanship” meant the assaults caused no damage or injuries, it said. ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 11 – 17 November 2017

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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Suspected pirate vessels in Gulf of Aden dispersed by Chinese navy

On November 15, a destroyer from the 27th Chinese naval escort taskforce successfully dispersed a number of suspected pirate vessels aiming for two container ships, reports China Central Television. At approximately 4:30pm local time, as the Haikou was escorting the vessels, registered in Hong Kong and Italy, towards the Gulf of Aden, three targets travelling at high speed were detected 5.1 nautical miles ahead. Thanks to photoelectric sensors, the destroyer was able to ascertain that the unwelcome fleet consisted of three double-hook ships containing five people each. The Chinese naval ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

East Africa and Indian Ocean Yemen: Houthis threaten attacks against warships, oil tankers 12 November Houthi rebels said they could attack warships and oil tankers from enemy countries to retaliate against the closure of Yemeni ports by the Saudi-led coalition, the Houthis’ official media outlet al-Masirah quoted a commander as saying. PGI Analysis: Since the announcement, the Saudi-led coalition have announced they will re-open the key ports of Aden, Mocha and Mukalla, although the threat of such attacks remains as suspected Houthi militants have targeted commercial vessels off Yemen since ...

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German company says crew taken by pirates off Nigeria freed

A German shipping company says pirates have released the six crewmembers who were taken hostage from a vessel off the coast of Nigeria. Cor Radings, a spokesman for Peter Doehle Schiffahrts-KG, said Sunday the “seafarers are in good condition and have returned to their families” after more than two weeks in captivity. Radings did not give details about the timing or circumstances of their release. The Liberia-flagged container ship MV Demeter was attacked on Oct. 21 before entering the port of Onne, Nigeria. Radings described the attackers as “an armed ...

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Yemen’s Houthis threaten to attack warships, oil tankers if ports stay closed

Yemen’s armed Houthi movement said on Sunday it could attack warships and oil tankers from enemy countries in retaliation against the closure of Yemeni ports by a Saudi-led military coalition last week. Saudi Arabia has blamed the Iran-allied Houthis for firing a ballistic missile towards Riyadh airport on Nov 4. Two days later, the Saudi-led coalition responded by closing access to Yemeni ports, saying this was needed to stop arms reaching the Houthis. The United Nations says the closure could cause a famine in Yemen that could kill millions of ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 4 – 10 November 2017

Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week.

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Naval Dome And Lloyd’s Register Team Up To Develop Cyber Security Standards For Ships

Israel-based cyber security specialist Naval Dome has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lloyd’s Register (LR), a leading global provider of engineering and technology-centric professional services. The MoU is aimed at establishing standards and guidelines for maritime cyber defence. As part of the collaboration agreement, LR will carry out a series of pilot tests using the company’s cyber security software onboard a LR-classed vessel. The Naval Dome system is the first multi-layer cyber defence solution developed specifically for maritime applications. Ran Merkazy, Vice President – Product & Services Innovation ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

West Africa Nigeria: Crude oil tanker escapes pirates near Bonny Island 3 November A crude oil tanker escaped two pirate vessels as it was sailing some 21 nm south-southwest of Bonny Island, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre reported. The officer of the watch on the tanker raised the alarm upon spotting the pirates, and the master ordered the crew to secure access to the vessel and retreat to the citadel. The bridge team deployed evasive manoeuvres, and pirates aborted their boarding attempt when a Nigerian naval vessel approached the scene. ...

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Incidents Of Piracy And Armed Robbery Against Ships In Asia In October 2017

A total of nine incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in October 2017. Of these, seven were actual incidents and two were attempted incidents. Of the nine incidents, two were piracy incidents and seven were armed robberies against ships. There was no actual or attempted incident involving the abduction of crew from ships reported in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah in October 2017. Also, there was no incident involving the hijacking of ship for theft of oil cargo reported in October 2017. However, ...

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Navy steps up patrolling of Indian Ocean Region

The Indian Navy is broadening its patrol areas in the Indian Ocean Region to cover all choke points in the face of increasing maritime threats, its chief Sunil Lanba told The Hindu. “Last year, we had a relook at our deployment pattern and we reached a consensus within the Navy to have a mission-based deployment so that our areas of interest can be kept under permanent surveillance. So the ingress and egress routes of the Indian Ocean Region are being kept under surveillance so that we have better awareness and ...

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UN Security Council asks for comprehensive response to piracy off Somali coast

The Security Council Tuesday adopted a resolution to condemn the acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia and to call for a comprehensive response to prevent and suppress such acts and tackle their underlying causes. Resolution 2383 underlines the primary responsibility of the Somali authorities in the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea off the Somali coast. It urges the Somali authorities to continue their work of passing a comprehensive set of anti-piracy and maritime laws and establishing security forces with clear ...

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Nigeria: Piracy – Foreign Shipping Firms Pay N14 Billion to Escort Vessels in Nigeria

Due to the volatile nature of Nigeria waterways, foreign shipping companies spend over N13.76 billion ($45 million) annually to escort their vessels from one point to another on Nigeria’s waterways, LEADERSHIP has learnt. About four major international shipping companies operate in the country including Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Grimaldi and CMA/CGM in addition to smaller foreign and local shipping companies operating on the waterways. This is coming against the backdrop of report by the United States of America (USA), through its maritime administration which published the latest Maritime alert ...

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