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Piracy – Latest Asian Piracy Report Published

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) has issued its latest piracy report for the first quarter of 2017. Location of all incidents reported during January-March 2017courtesy of ReCAAP ReCAAP has expressed serious concern over the continued escalation of incidents involving the abduction of crew from ships while underway in the Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea and the waters off Eastern Sabah, East Malaysia. ReCAAP encourages all Shipowners and masters to report all incidents and/or suspicious activities and to implement robust security measures ...

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Nigeria: Report finds Gulf of Guinea is world’s piracy hotspot

The Gulf of Guinea remains the world’s hotspot for crew kidnappings, according to a May report on maritime piracy from the commercial crime division of the International Chamber of Commerce. The report, which looks at the global 2017 Q1 data on piracy, found that 63 percent of the cases of mariners kidnapped for ransom across the world were in the gulf, primarily in waters off of Nigeria. There were 17 crew members taken by force from their vessels in three separate incidents, it said. “All three vessels – a general ...

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Cameroon: Yaounde, Abuja Collaborate Against Piracy

The Gulf of Guinea remains a global hot spot for piracy, with reported attacks concentrated off the coast of Nigeria. Regional naval coordination has been a challenge, as the gulf touches 17 countries along West and Central Africa. Cameroon and Nigeria, however, are now reporting some success. Nigerian navy officials recently received Cameroon’s warship Le Ntem after it made it through rough seas to arrive off the coast of Calabar. Ongoing cooperation Among the officials present was Captain Muhammad Bida of the Nigerian navy. “As the Cameroonian war ship is ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

East Africa and the Indian Ocean Yemen: Skiffs follow merchant vessel off Qusayir 17 May A merchant vessel reported it was approached by seven skiffs, each with four to five persons on board at 0830 hrs local time 45 nm east south-east of Qusayir in the Gulf of Aden. The skiffs came within 1 nm of both port and starboard quarters and followed the vessels for 30 minutes before moving away. There were no reports of shots fired. Yemen: Indian Navy confiscates weapons cache from dhows in Gulf of Aden ...

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Improve maritime capabilities as threat of Somali pirates rises again

For the second time in recent weeks, Indian navy ships on patrol in the Gulf of Aden responded to distress calls from merchant vessels that fear they have come under pirate attacks. The most recent incident saw INS Sharda, a patrol vessel, steaming some 30 nautical miles and deploying its attack helicopter to ward off a raid on the Liberian-registered bulk carrier MV Lord Mountbatten. Not only did the incident testify to a revival of pirate activity in the waters off North Africa, it confirmed that the corsairs were resorting ...

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Somali pirates hijack Iranian fishing vessel: Somali official

Somali pirates hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel on Tuesday to use as a base to attack bigger, more valuable ships, the mayor of a Somali town said, part of an upsurge in attacks following years of relative calm. Crews have let security procedures slip in recent years and travel far closer to pirate-infested shores than authorities recommend, shipping sources say. The pirate gangs launch small, fast skiffs from bases on shore to try hijack vessels. “A group of Somali pirates captured an Iranian fishing vessel and are using it as ...

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Japan Coast Guard vessel to join anti-piracy drill in Vietnam

Patrol vessel Echigo of the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) will be sent to Vietnam and the Philippines to take part in joint anti-piracy drills. The JCG announced on May 22 that the drills are part of Japan’s counter-piracy cooperation programme in Southeast Asia. Accordingly, Japan will support regional countries, including Vietnam, to strengthen their coast guard forces’ law enforcement capacity. Echigo is set to leave Niigata port of Japan on May 24 and arrive at Da Nang port in the central region of Vietnam on June 13. Suzuki Shiro, Head ...

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Terrorists could target tankers – report

Tankers transporting LNG into Milford Haven are being searched for terrorist mines, sources have revealed. A national newspaper has stated that Special Forces frogmen are checking the large vessels before they arrive in UK waters, amid fears that Al Qaeda or Islamic State explosives could be attached. A story in today’s Mail on Sunday stated that the Special Boat Service and Royal Navy are searching ships which ferry gas from the Middle East to the UK, to fight an ISIS plot to attach limpet mines to their hulls. The covert ...

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MARITIME SECURITY: Fast Intervention Vessels, Helicopters will Help – NIMASA

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has again assured Nigerians and the international maritime community that the Federal Government is leaving no stone unturned in tackling the menace of piracy and other illicit crimes on the nation’s territorial waterways. This he said was demonstrated by the Federal Government’s recent approval for the procurement of three (3) helicopters and twelve (12) fast intervention vessels to ensure coastal and aerial surveillance and patrol of the Nigerian maritime environment by the Nigerian Navy and ...

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Indian Navy foils piracy attempt, rescues Liberian ship in the Gulf of Aden

The Indian Navy has thwarted a piracy attempt on the 17,025-tonne bulk-carrier MV Lord Mountbatten in the Gulf of Aden. The Navy’s warship INS Sharda, deployed in Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy mission, swung into action after it received a distress call from MV Lord Mountbatten around 4:45 pm on Tuesday. After reaching out to the vessel, the Navy’s ‘Marcos’ commandos with support from the helicopter on board the ship, carried out a ‘board and search’ operation on two dhows and five skiffs which had shown “malicious intent”. Three skiffs ...

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Somalia: Puntland Prosecutor Orders Capture of 18 for Piracy Activities

A prosecutor in Somalia’s northeastern region of Puntland on Tuesday filed a criminal case against 18 men allegedly involved in recent piracy activities in the region, Somali Update reports. Puntland Attorney General Mohamed Hared said he filed the case to the First Degree Court in Garowe as he expects the high court will announce a sentence against the alleged pirates on absentia. “We have asked the police and the court to urgently arrest these pirates due to their role in attacking and hijacking ships near the Somali Coast.” Mr. Hared ...

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Alleged Pirates Testify To Coast Guard Brutality

In July 2015, six men, Giovanni Murrillo, Emiliano Camara, Jerome Bowen, Goldburn Goff, Everon Teck and Dion Usher were charged for possession of a firearm and ammunition without license. According to Coast Guard reports, they discovered the 6 fishermen on an island in the Turneffe Atoll after receiving information about piracy in the area. Apparently, when they approached the fishermen they allegedly saw one of them throw a firearm out the window. The alleged pirates were remanded to prison back in 2015 and were later granted bail. Today, only Goff, ...

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Russian ships guarded during Bosphorus crossing amid ISIS threat

Turkish intelligence has received information about possible attacks by militants of the Islamic State on Russian naval ships, which pass through the Bosphorus, Turkey’s Haberturk newspaper writes on May 16, TASS reports. According to the paper, Islamic State allegedly has plans to shell Russian warships with long barreled guns or portable missile launchers. Such onshore attacks can be carried out in those parts of the strait where ships approach the shore. Acting on this potential threat, the Turkish police identified 146 such spots and beefed up security there. Besides, every ...

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Is Africa facing a new wave of piracy?

The recent hijacking of a ship by Somali pirates was the first such incident off the Horn of Africa since 2012, and more ships are being targeted off West Africa. But why are attacks increasing and how should the international community respond? The latest State of Maritime Piracy report by the watchdog Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) warns against security complacency in the shipping industry, particularly around the Horn of Africa. It appears the industry has gone from a state of heightened security awareness to taking its foot off the pedal. ...

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Sri Lanka, Netherlands cooperate to provide protection against maritime piracy

Sri Lanka, on a request from the government of The Netherlands will provide security for commercial ships sailing with the Netherland flag against maritime piracy. The Dutch Government has requested Sri Lanka to provide services of Sri Lankan Navy for the Netherland Navy brigade serving in Indian Ocean off Somali coast on a payment basis. The Dutch Vessel Protection Detachment (VPD) teams offer protection on board against piracy attacks in the Indian Ocean. Most of these attacks occur in the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Somalia. Accordingly, the Cabinet ...

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