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Piracy in West Africa – a persistent and serious threat

While the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reports a drop in global piracy in 2017, there is no time for complacency. Piracy in hot spots such as the Gulf of Guinea and South-East Asia persist and 2017 also saw some resurgence in attacks off Somalia. In addition, the ongoing conflict in Yemen continues to impact the safety of vessels transiting the Red Sea, Bab al-Mandeb and the Gulf of Aden. The effect of piracy on crew and their safety continues to be a cause for concern ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

West Africa Cameroon: Suspected robber boards merchant vessel in Douala port 21 January According to a late report, a suspected robber boarded a merchant vessel berthed at Douala port at 0200 hrs local time. The officer of the watch reportedly spotted the intruder, raised the alarm and sought assistance from local naval personnel. The intruder then jumped overboard and escaped in a boat. Nothing was reported stolen. Guinea: Suspected robbers attempt to board vessel in Conakry port 23 January Two suspected robbers attempted to board a merchant vessel in Conakry ...

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Arctic sea routes could ease Malacca Strait security issue

One of Asia’s biggest security headaches since the end of World War II has been a potential choke point on crude oil shipments that sail through the Strait of Malacca. China receives more than half its oil imports via the strait from the Middle East. Japan gets 90%; South Korea about 80%. A hostile navy could block the narrow waterway between Malaysia and Indonesia, paralyzing a foe’s economy. The 890 km strait that divides Indonesia and Malaysia is only 2.7 km wide (1.7 miles) at its narrowest near Singapore, forming ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 03 – 09 February 2018

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

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ReCAAP Reports Seven Incidents Of Piracy And Armed Robbery Against Ships In Asia In January 2018

A total of seven incidents of piracy¹ and armed robbery against ships² were reported in Asia (comprising five actual incidents³ and two attempted incidents⁴) in January 2018. Of the seven incidents, one was a piracy incident and six were armed robberies against ships. There was no actual or attempted incident involving the abduction of crew from ships in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah; and no incident involving the hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo in January 2018. In January 2018, there were two reports of ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

East Africa and Indian Ocean Oman: Suspicious skiffs approach tanker in Gulf of Oman 4 February Two suspicious skiffs approached a tanker in the Gulf of Oman and conducted aggressive manoeuvres, coming within 500 m of the vessel. The armed security team displayed weapons and the crew mustered, prompting the skiffs to move away. No weapons or ladders were sighted on board the skiffs. PGI Analysis: Several similar incidents have been reported in the Gulf of Oman since May 2017 and PGI sources have linked the incidents to weapon smuggling ...

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Iranian-armed Yemen Rebels Now Threaten One of World’s Busiest Shipping Routes, Israeli Navy Says

Armed by Iran, Yemen’s Houthi rebels now threaten one of world’s busiest shipping routes, a top Israeli naval official said. “The entrenchment of Iran in Yemen and the transfer of advance weaponry to the Houthi forces in the region constitutes a threat to merchant ships making their way to the Mediterranean Sea” via the Bab al-Mandab crossing, a senior Israel Navy official said Monday, as he described the threats to the State of Israel’s economic waters. “We are dealing today with the most advanced systems being transferred to Houthis [in ...

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Pirates free oil tanker with 22 Indian crew in Gulf of Guinea

Pirates freed a ship carrying 22 Indian crew and 13,500 tonnes of gasoline on Tuesday, Hong Kong-based Anglo-Eastern, which was managing the ship, said in a statement. “All crew members are reported to be safe and well and the cargo remains on board,” the company said. The Marine Express tanker was missing in the Gulf of Guinea after contact was lost in Benin on Friday. The Gulf of Guinea has become an increasing target for pirates who steal cargo and demand ransoms, even as piracy incidents fall worldwide, experts say. ...

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Cyber Security Tests On Zim Genova Containership Demonstrate Naval Dome Solution

Naval Dome has successfully completed the pilot testing of its multi-layered cyber security system for Lloyd’s Register aboard XT Shipping’s Zim Genova. The 4300TEU containership was operational during the tests, which were supervised by the classification society and bridge systems provider Totem Plus. The pilot tests, carried out as part of the classification society’s initiative to develop cyber security guidelines, and the first of their kind on a vessel in transit, evaluated the Naval Dome system’s ability to defend ships against a variety of cyber-attacks. Although the Naval Dome system ...

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India in touch with Nigeria, Benin as fears of ship hijack loom large

India has said it’s in touch with Nigeria and Benin, and also set up a 24-hour helpline in Abuja in the wake of fears of hijack of an Indian ship with 22 of its nationals on board. The ship has been missing in sea off West Africa coast for over 60 hours. “A merchant vessel Marine Express (oil tanker), owned by Mumbai-based Anglo Eastern shipping company with 22 Indian nationals onboard, is presumably missing off the coast of Benin in the Gulf of Guinea,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar ...

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I, Pirate – A Cyber Story In The Maritime Industry

I, Robot – 2004 film adapted from short-story of American author Isaac Asimov has an interesting scene. Two detectives are talking, and we are hearing this dialogue: – I guess we’re gonna miss the good old days. – What good old days? – When people were killed by other people. In this story, the theme is about robots that start to take place of humans. Well, in the future, are we, seamen be replaced by technology? Even though we cannot talk about unmanned ships, it is possible to talk about ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 27 January – 02 February 2018

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

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Vessel “Marine Express” feared to be Under Piracy

Anglo Eastern, managers of the 45,989 dwt oil products tanker “Marine Express”,(IMO 9403322) report that contact has been lost with the vessel which was at the Cotonou Anchorage, Benin. The vessel, which was in part laden condition with some 13,500 tons of gasoline, was last contacted at 03:30 UTC on February 1st. All the appropriate authorities have been alerted and are responding. The Managers first priority is the safety of the 22 crew members on-board, whose families have been contacted and informed of the situation. Further information will be provided ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

West Africa: Cameroon: Suspected robber boards merchant vessel in Douala port 21 January According to a late report, a suspected robber boarded a merchant vessel berthed at Douala port at 0200 hrs local time. The officer of the watch reportedly spotted the intruder, raised the alarm and sought assistance from local naval personnel. The intruder then jumped overboard and escaped in a boat. Nothing was reported stolen. Guinea: Suspected robbers attempt to board vessel in Conakry port 23 January Two suspected robbers attempted to board a merchant vessel in Conakry ...

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Malaysia, Japan coast guards launch anti-piracy exercise

Malaysia’s maritime agency and Japan’s coast guard have launched a weeklong joint exercise focusing on combating piracy at sea as well as search and rescue operations. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency says the Japanese Coast Guard sent its patrol vessel Tsugaru and more than 50 crew for the exercise at Malaysia’s northeastern port of Kuantan. It says KM Pekan, one of two patrol vessels given to Malaysia by Japan, will be involved in the exercise. The agency said in a statement Monday that it is the third such exercise in ...

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