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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 30 December 2017 – 5 January 2018

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

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Shodan’s Graphical Ship Tracker is a Cyber Security Game Changer Says Pen Test Partners

Following their recent blog which highlighted vessel satcom box vulnerabilities using Shodan, a search engine which finds devices connected to the internet, Pen Test Partners has again warned ship owners and operators to ensure their satcom boxes are secure. In the updated blog, senior partner Ken Munro explains how he was able to use a new real time ship-mapping feature on Shodan to geo-locate vulnerable vessels through their satcom boxes. By combining this with AIS data, a hacker has everything they need to select a suitable ship to attack. They ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

West Africa Nigeria: Pirates attack vessel off Bonny Island 24 December A mother vessel reported coming under attack at 0735 hrs local time some 40 nm off Bonny Island. No further details were provided. Nigeria: Update: IMB confirms kidnapping of crew off the coast of Brass 22 December The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) confirmed the abduction of 10 crew members from a container ship 32 nm south of Brass, Bayelsa State, on 14 December. IMB said the crewmembers were missing but did not disclose whether ransom demands were made. There ...

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Shipping lanes in Indian Ocean should remain secure: India

India said today that it would be in China’s interest that the shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean remain secure and asserted that the Indian Navy was keeping an eye on its key maritime areas. In response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said the Navy’s deployments in the Indian Ocean have been “further structured” under the new mission based deployment (MBD) concept. He said China had operationalised its overseas base at Djibouti in August last year to provide operational turn around ...

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Nigeria to boost maritime security: official

Nigeria is set to acquire strategic maritime safety and security assets, including vessels, a top official with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) said. The move is also in line with the total spectrum of maritime security strategy, Dakuku Peterside, the agency’s director general told reporters in Lagos, noting that this is in line with the recent approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Peterside announced the establishment of a Command and Control Center as part of the maritime security strategic initiative. “The four ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 23 – 29 December 2017

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

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NIMASA Does Not Have Capacity To Fight Piracy – Mohammed

Anefi Mohammed, has called on both Transportation Minister and the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety (NIMASA) to buckle up and save the country’s waterfront from piracy and other sea robberies. Mohammed, who is the vice chairman, International Freight Forwarders Association (IFFA), Ports and Terminal Multi Services Limited (PTML) chapter, in an interview with INDEPENDENT, said that NIMASA does not have the equipment and manpower to fight sea piracy. Mohammed who was also reacting to the country’s failure to qualify in category C during the recently conducted ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 16 – 22 December 2017

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

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Nigeria waters experience persistent pirates attack

Persistent pirate attack on Nigerian waters seems not to be abating, with about 10 crew members of a bulk carrier reported missing after an attack that took place around 32 nautical miles south of Brass, Nigeria. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, yesterday, said the unnamed bulker was boarded by six pirates from a small boat while underway on December 14. The mariners are believed to have been kidnapped for ransom, while the remaining crew onboard sailed the vessel to a safe port. A maritime security firm, Dryad Maritime informed that: ...

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INTERCARGO: On the latest piracy attack in West Africa

INTERCARGO is deeply concerned with the latest piracy incident off Nigeria. As reported, a 57k dwt bulk carrier, while en route from Lagos to Port Harcourt, was attacked by pirates 35 miles south of Brass, Nigeria on December 14 and was held under their control. Before the ship was released, the pirates kidnapped 10 crewmembers, including officers, and fled. The seafarers are reportedly still held by the pirates. As the world and the shipping community are starting celebrations for the new year, 10 fellow seafarers remain in the hands of ...

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Pirates kidnap 10 sailors off Nigeria: IMB

Pirates have kidnapped 10 sailors from a merchant ship off the coast of southern Nigeria in the latest attack in the restive region, the International Maritime Bureau said on Thursday. “A bulk carrier underway was attacked and boarded by six pirates from a small boat. Ten crew members were reported missing. The remaining crew onboard sailed the vessel to a safe port,” the IMB said in a statement. The kidnapping happened around 32 nautical miles south of Brass last week in the volatile Niger delta, a growing piracy hotspot in ...

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Cyber Penetration Tests Underscore Maritime Industry’s Nightmare Security Scenario

Naval Dome has demonstrated the maritime industry’s nightmare security scenario with a series of cyber penetration tests on systems in common use aboard tankers, containerships, super yachts and cruiseships. Test results revealed with startling simplicity the ease with which hackers can access and over-ride ship critical systems. With the permission and under the supervision of system manufacturers and owners, Naval Dome’s cyber engineering team hacked into live, in-operation systems used to control a ships’ navigation, radar, engines, pumps and machinery. While the test ships and their systems were not in ...

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6 suspected Somali pirates held in Seychelles face 30 years in prison

Six Somali nationals who were transferred to Seychelles after being caught attacking a container ship and a fishing vessel last month could face 30 years imprisonment if convicted. That statement was made Thursday by David Esparon, the principal state counsel, in the Attorney General’s Office. Esparon told SNA that the suspects will now face prosecution before the court after being charged with ‘committing an act of piracy’ and ‘attempting an act of piracy’ in the Indian Ocean. The six Somali nationals were brought before Seychelles’ Supreme Court on December 11. ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

East Africa and Indian Ocean Bangladesh: Criminals board barge in Nidania 16 December An unknown number of robbers boarded a barge under tow around 14 nm west of Nidania, Cox Bazar at 1450 hrs local time. The assailants stole unspecified property from the vessel and fled. All crew were reported safe. Further details on the incident were not provided. PGI Analysis: Robberies targeting vessels are only intermittently reported off Bangladesh, although many more are likely to go unreported. Criminal activity, including opportunistic thefts and armed robberies, is common in Bangladesh ...

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Hackers Could Sink a Bulk Carrier Says Pen Test Partners

Penetration testing experts Pen Test Partners, have highlighted how hackers could sink a bulk carrier by manipulating the loading data of its hull stress monitoring systems (HSMS) to deliberately cause an imbalance of cargo on the vessel without the crew being aware. The consequences could be catastrophic with the vessel being put under intense strain leading to it breaking up and sinking. “The reason it is feasible is that when HSMS were first developed, there was no concept of a vessel being connected to the internet, allowing it to be ...

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