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Shipping companies strengthen the fight against cyber criminals

During the last year, the majority of shipping companies has been exposed to cyber attacks and has intensified the fight against cyber crime. This becomes evident in a survey among participants in Danish Shipping’s CEO Panel. The latest survey from Danish Shipping CEO panel, in which 26 senior executives have participated, shows that Cybercrime has become more important on the shipping companies’ agenda. In the survey, 42 pct. of the senior executives indicate that they are very worried or extremely worried that their company will be attacked or that their ...

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Saudi-led coalition says thwarts Houthi attack on oil tanker

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said it had thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker over the weekend by Houthi fighters near the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. The coalition destroyed a boat carrying explosives as it headed toward the tanker on Saturday, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said. Yemen lies on the southern mouth of the Red Sea, one of the world’s most important trade routes for oil tankers, which pass its shores as they head from the Middle East through the Suez Canal to Europe. “There ...

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Starboard Advisors join ASKET

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Starboard Advisors S.a.r.l on board as an ASKET Approved Agency”, said Emma Mitchell, Director. Starboard Advisors has been operating since 2012 as a specialist consultancy supporting Ship Owners and Operators with a variety of consultancy and Ship Management services. From their offices in Monaco Starboard Advisors will be bringing their knowledge of Merchant Marine Operations to ASKETs specialist Broking, Compliance and Operations team’s. The experienced Starboard Advisors team will be providing guidance from a Shipping Industry prospective, supporting client relationships and developing ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

East Africa and Indian Ocean Yemen: Merchant vessels report gunmen in southern Red Sea 6 January The Dubai-based UK Maritime Trade Operations said it had received reports from three separate merchant vessels that they were approached by gunmen in three grey hulled boats. The boats came within 1 cable of the vessels, but did not mount any attacks. The UKMTO advised shippers to exercise extreme caution in the area, which saw an uptick in pirate activity in 2017. PGI Analysis: The affiliation of the gunmen remains unclear as both criminal ...

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Maritime piracy and armed robbery reaches 22-year low, says IMB report

A total of 180 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in 2017, according to the latest IMB report. It is the lowest annual number of incidents since 1995, when 188 reports were received. In 2017, 136 vessels were boarded, while there were 22 attempted attacks, 16 vessels fired upon and six vessels hijacked. In 15 separate incidents, 91 crewmembers were taken hostage and 75 were kidnapped from their vessels in 13 other incidents. Three crewmembers ...

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Houthis threaten to block shipping traffic in Red Sea

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have threatened to block the vital shipping route that connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. The president of the so-called supreme political council, which runs Sanaa and other rebel-held territory, made the threat in a meeting with the deputy UN envoy to Yemen on Monday, according to both Saudi and Houthi media. Council president Saleh Al Samad told the UN’s Maeen Shureim that the Houthis will turn to “strategic choices” if the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen does not halt efforts to ...

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Anti-piracy mission helps China develop its blue-water navy

China’s 27th and 28th naval escort task forces have recently completed their mission handover in the Gulf of Aden. Anti-piracy operations by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) have become a constant in the area. And this has both immediate and long-term strategic implications for Beijing’s military projection away from its traditional perimeter of action in East Asia. China started patrolling waters off the Horn of Africa and the Somali coast in 2008, marking the return of a robust Chinese navy in the western Indian Ocean after nearly 600 years. ...

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Cyber Extortion – the growing threat to martime business

Cyber security has become an important management issue for shipowners. In this article we focus particularly on cyber extortion, which we have identified as a growing threat to the shipping industry. Cyber extortion can take various forms. One of the better publicised attack vectors is ransomware, which is a type of malware that can infect a computer system and encrypt data until a ransom is paid, often in the form of a “cryptocurrency” such as Bitcoin. A high-profile example of a ransomware attack was the recent “WannaCry” virus which severely ...

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Ending Piracy in Nigerian Waters

Recently, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) released a report naming Nigeria as one of the hotspots for sea piracy. The IMB in the report said: “Of the 27 seafarers kidnapped worldwide for ransom between January and March 2017, 63 per cent were in the Gulf of Guinea. Nigeria is the main kidnap hotspot with 17 crew taken in three separate incidents, up from 14 in the same period in 2016. “All three vessels – a general cargo ship, a tanker and a bulk carrier were attacked while underway 30-60 nautical ...

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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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