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Asian pirates focus on bigger ships off Philippines in hope of securing bigger ransom payments

Asian pirates are focusing more of their attacks on larger merchant ships near the Philippines, hoping for bigger ransom payments from kidnapping their crew, the head of a regional anti-piracy body said on Friday. The region’s pirates have changed tactics since October, to target some of the biggest ships travelling through the Sulu and Celebes Seas, and paying less attention to small tugs and fishing boats. The growing problem has prompted Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines to step up air and sea patrols in the waters, through which about US$40 ...

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Regional maritime piracy agreement broadened to cover other illicit maritime activity

An international agreement that has been instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden has seen its scope significantly broadened to cover other illicit maritime activities, including human trafficking and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. A high-level meeting of signatories to the Djibouti Code of Conduct, held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (10 to 12 January 2017) has adopted a revised Code of Conduct, which will be known as the “Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct 2017”. ...

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Insurance gaps leave shipping exposed to growing cyber threats

Shipping companies grappling with the threat of cyber attacks on vessels are finding insurance policies often fall short, officials involved in both industries say, a risk that could feed through into global prices. Digitalization means electricity networks, emergency services, industry and agriculture are all vulnerable to hacking by criminal gangs for extortion or, for political reasons, by militant groups or foreign states. But ships are also exposed to interference through electronic navigation devices such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and lack the backup systems airliners have to prevent crashes. ...

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ReCAAP: Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia

For the period of 3 – 9 Jan 17, three attempted incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported to the ReCAAP ISC. One of the incidents occurred on 23 November 2016, and was further verified by ReCAAP Focal Points. The location of the three incidents are shown in the map below; and the detailed description of the incidents are tabulated in attachment. Locations of incident reported to the ReCAAP ISC (3 – 9 Jan 17) RECOMMENDATIONS The ReCAAP ISC urges ship master and crew to report all incidents of ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

Yemen: Gunmen approach merchant vessel in Bab el Mandeb 9 January A merchant vessel reported that four high-speed skiffs came within two cables of their ship at 1115 hrs local time, in the northern portion of the Bab el Mandeb off Yemen. Six armed men were on board each skiff, prompting the embarked armed security team to take their positions, and causing the skiffs to move away. The vessel was reported as safe. Yemen: Merchant vessel reports “attack” in Bab el Mandeb 3 January A commercial vessel reported over VHF ...

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MPA: CEO’s Welcome remarks at meeting of anti piracy contact points and workshop on piracy and armed robbery against ships on 11 January 2017

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) are pleased to co-organise this meeting of anti-piracy contact points from Africa, Asia and Europe, along with international organisations such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that contribute towards the fight against piracy and sea robbery in Africa and Asia. I would like to thank all of you, especially those who have travelled from Africa and Europe for participating in this meeting, and warmly welcome you to Singapore. As maritime agencies, we are well aware ...

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Global Cybersecurity Threats to the Maritime Sector

As cybersecurity risks to the nation’s critical infrastructure – including those parts in the transportation and maritime sectors – continue to grow, the incoming Trump Administration has made it clear that cybersecurity is one of its top priorities. The administration’s new Cyber Review Team has been tasked with conducting an immediate review of all U.S. cyber defenses and vulnerabilities, including “vital” infrastructure in the transportation and maritime sectors. President-Elect Donald Trump also has publicly discussed focusing on a more offensive approach to cybersecurity around the world as well as a ...

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Sulu Sea kidnappings a threat to merchant shipping: report

The Sulu Sea between eastern Malaysia and the Philippines has become dangerous for merchant shipping due to rising threat of kidnappings, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on Tuesday. The Sulu archipelago is a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf, an al-Qaeda linked group notorious for kidnappings and, increasingly, piracy. The IMB report was released just hours after armed men attacked a fishing boat, killing eight fishermen, in what appeared to be a pirate attack off the southern Philippines. IMB said global sea kidnappings rose three-fold in 2016, even as global ...

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IMB report: Sea kidnappings rise in 2016 despite plummeting global piracy

More crew were kidnapped at sea in 2016 than in any of the previous 10 years, despite global piracy reaching its lowest levels since 1998, the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual piracy report revealed today. In its 2016 report, IMB recorded 191 incidents of piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas. “The continued fall in piracy is good news, but certain shipping routes remain dangerous, and the escalation of crew kidnapping is a worrying trend in some emerging areas,” said Pottengal Mukundan, Director of IMB whose Piracy Reporting ...

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Staying on guard against piracy

The seas in Asia, and South-east Asia particularly, are getting a little safer. According to the Information Sharing Centre of ReCAAP, or the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia, there has been a significant drop in piracy in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore in the year past, with just one reported incident in the first 11 months of 2016, against 104 in the year-earlier period. For all of Asia, there were 77 attempts at robbery at sea or piracy, a drop of ...

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Cargo Vessel Attacked by Armed Pirates Philippines

Description: A general cargo vessel was chased and fired upon while underway by six persons armed with AK-47 and M-16 assault rifles in two speedboats. The vessel sent a distress signal and local authorities dispatched patrol boats to the area. The vessel sustained some damage but was not boarded. All crew reported safe. This incident has been added to MarTrack and updates will be visible on MarTrack Webview. Date 03JAN2017 Location 21.6NM east of Basilan Island, Philippines Type of incidents Attack Lat. / Long. 06:36N – 122:41E Source: ASKET

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How the US war on piracy brought one Somali to a West Virginia prison

Mohamed Hassan Farah, a Somali in US federal prison, has little in common with the 19th-century seafarer Thomas Smith besides the fact that they are among the few people to be convicted of piracy on the high seas in a US court. While Smith and 13 of his crewmates were hanged in 1820 for boarding and pillaging 30 vessels in three months – including one by the name of Irresistible – Farah is expected to be handed a life sentence in a matter of weeks. He will serve his time ...

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Indonesia Needs to Step up Its Fight Against Maritime Piracy

Indonesia’s maritime sector gained a boost when on December 21, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan agreed to cooperate with Japan, establishing the strategic bilateral Indonesia-Japan Maritime Forum (IJMF). The two countries agreed to collaborate in the field of maritime security, maritime economy, maritime infrastructure, as well as maritime education and training, as The Jakarta Post has put it. Seeking strategic cooperation in the maritime and industrial sectors, Luhut invited Japan to contribute to the development of fish markets in Natuna Besar and the energy sector in East ...

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Fewer cases of piracy, robbery in Straits of Malacca

The seas around the Straits of Malacca and Singapore have become safer, a situation experts attribute to increased enforcement against pirates in what is one of the world’s busiest trade routes. There has been just one reported case of piracy or robbery in the Straits of Malacca in the first 11 months of this year, according to the latest monthly report of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre. It is a reversal of the situation last year, when ...

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Aspida Maritime Security partakes in the Green Award scheme

Aspida Maritime Security officially became a Green Award incentive provider on 16 December, 2016. Aspida will help Green Award certificate holders and ships to enhance security at an attractive discount. Green Award certificate proves that the ship’s or ship manager’s performance goes beyond the industry regulations in terms of safety, quality and prevention of environmental damage. Green Award ships strive for excellence of management and operations and are rewarded by incentive providers, ports and maritime businesses, for their efforts. Aspida Maritime Security has become a Green Award incentive provider in ...

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