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Ship security: Cyber security code of practice

This Code of Practice should be read by board members of organisations with one or more ships, insurers, ships’ senior officers (for example, the Captain/Master, First Officer and Chief Engineer) and those responsible for the day-to-day operation of maritime information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and communications systems. It does not set out specific technical or construction standards for ship systems, but instead provides a management framework that can be used to reduce the risk of cyber incidents that could affect the safety or security of the ship, its crew, ...

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Gulf of Aden Security Review

A regularly updated review of both Yemen and the Horn of Africa covering topics related to security, governance, and militant activity. Yemen: Al Houthi movement leader threatens missile attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE; al Houthi movement begins conscription; reported U.S. airstrikes kill three AQAP militants in Abyan governorate, southern Yemen; Shabwani Elite Forces arrest AQAP leader in Shabwah governorate, southern Yemen Horn of Africa: U.S. Department of State issues travel warning before Kenyan election; UAE offers $90 million for development in Somalia Yemen Security Brief ORGANIZATIONal Houthi MovementThe ...

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Cyber Security – be aware of social engineering fraud

Social engineering fraud refers to the tricks used by criminals to deceive and manipulate their victims into giving out confidential information and funds. These tricks are used to exploit a person’s trust in order to find out banking details, passwords and other confidential data. The tricks are carried out online – for example, by email or through social networking sites – by telephone, or even in person. The Club has seen an increase in social engineering fraud cases, also known as “human hacking”, against members. Generally, losses suffered as a ...

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6 Alleged Somali Pirates in Yemen jail since 2009 Plead for Help

6 alleged Somali pirates who are currently jailed inside a prison at the Yemen capital, San’a plead for help from the Federal government of Somalia, the group said in an interview with Horn Observer. Yemen navy arrested the alleged pirates off the coast of Yemen in 2009 where they were later arrested at a prison in Mukala. Later Yemen court sentenced them to death and were transferred to San’a, the capital, before the Houthis rebels took over the city. “Yemen court sentenced us to death, but fortunately, the Huuthis took ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 09 – 15 September 2017

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

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Yemen’s Houthi leader says could target Saudi oil tankers if Hodeidah attacked

Yemen’s Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said his group could target Saudi oil tankers should Saudi Arabia attack Yemen’s main port at Hodeidah. “We could target Saudi oil tankers and we could do anything,” he said. In a televised speech, the leader also said his group’s ballistic missiles were capable of reaching the United Arab Emirates’ capital of Abu Dhabi and anywhere inside Saudi Arabia. It was unclear whether the Houthi group has the capability to carry out its threats. Abdel Malek said the Houthis had successfully fired a missile at ...

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NIMASA deploys world-class equipment to fight piracy

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) would eliminate piracy on the territorial waters, its Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said. Peterside told The Nation that the agency was determined to stem the criminalities on the nation’s territorial waters by deploying world-class equipment and synergies with other agencies. “We have a close working relationship with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) to foster an integrated approach to dealing with the menace. “We have also increased surveillance and have deployed world-class with the Nigerian Navy and the ...

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EU Naval Force seeks to enhance Somalia’s maritime security

The European Union Naval Force personnel have helped train Somalia’s Maritime Police Unit in Mogadishu to help strengthen the Horn of Africa nation’s maritime security to help deter piracy along the coastline. The EU Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (EUCAP) said on Monday the vital training which it organized, will help in enhancing local capability in maintaining maritime security. “The training included how to plan effective patrols at sea and boarding a vessel that is suspected of being involved in piracy and other illegal activity,” the EU mission said in ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

Malaysia: Armed assailants hijack fuel tanker, steal diesel off Kuala Terengganu 6 September Some 13 armed pirates boarded a Thai-flagged product tanker, MGT 1, as it was underway from Rayong port and heading towards the Andaman Sea, 54 nm east of Kuala Terengganu at 2100 hrs local time on 6 September. The assailants arrived in two small boats before boarding the tanker and proceeded to force the crew to transfer 1 mn litres of diesel oil to a mother ship. The crew set off the Ship Security Alert System, prompting ...

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Oil and gas tankers could be “weaponised” by terrorists, industry warned

Oil and gas tankers could be “weaponised” by terrorists and used to block global shipping routes or create massive explosions several miles wide, security experts have warned. And the advent of the autonomous age, where ships would be remotely controlled rather than crewed, could make it easier for “dark forces” to seize control of huge quantities of highly explosive material. The maritime world has several bottleneck shipping straits, such as the Suez and Panama canals, which if blocked could cause worldwide disruption, an expert panel at the Offshore Europe conference ...

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India: 60 more Somali pirates convicted, to be deported

A special court on Friday convicted 60 Somali pirates who were caught in Indian waters in 2011. The case was abated against one accused who died during trial. Special judge Jayendra C Jagdale sentenced the accused to seven years’ imprisonment on charges of attempt to murder and kidnapping. It’s the fourth and last conviction of Somali pirates in custody in the city over the last month; 119 pirates have been convicted so far. The accused were brought to the city civil and sessions court at Kala Ghoda from Taloja jail ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 02 – 08 September 2017

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

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Piracy and Robbery Incidents in Asia Reduced during Jan. – August period says ReCAAP

A total of four incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in August 2017. Of these, three were actual incidents and one was an attempted incident. No piracy incident was reported. There was also no report of actual or attempted incidents involving the abduction of crew from ships in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah in August 2017. The ReCAAP ISC continues to reiterate the need for collective efforts and shared responsibility among ReCAAP Focal Points, regional authorities and the shipping industry in addressing the ...

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Thai Product Tanker Saved from Pirate Attack

The ReCAAP ISC received a report about a piracy incident occurred on a Thai-flagged Product Tanker MGT 1. The tanker was underway from Rayong port, Thailand to Andaman sea where the incident took place at about 2100 hrs on 6 Sep 17 at 54 nm east of Kuala Dungun, Kuala Terengganu, West Malaysia, at position 5° 8.37’ N 104° 16.62’ E. Initial investigation revealed that 13 armed perpetrators with two small fast boats boarded the tanker and forced the crew to transfer one million litres of diesel oil (out of ...

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Anti-piracy patrols adrift in terror-targeted waterway

The Sibutu Passage between Malaysia and the Philippines has emerged as Asia’s most dangerous waterway as Islamic terror groups target seaborne trade Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have started joint patrols against pirates terrorizing shipping in the deep water Sibutu Passage, but limited resources and legal obstacles are already rocking the boat. The channel between the southern Philippines Sulu region and Malaysia’s eastern state of Sabah, used by more than 13,000 ships a year, has replaced the Malacca Strait as Asia’s top piracy hotspot in the past six months, disrupting ...

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