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Naval Dome And Lloyd’s Register Team Up To Develop Cyber Security Standards For Ships

Israel-based cyber security specialist Naval Dome has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lloyd’s Register (LR), a leading global provider of engineering and technology-centric professional services. The MoU is aimed at establishing standards and guidelines for maritime cyber defence. As part of the collaboration agreement, LR will carry out a series of pilot tests using the company’s cyber security software onboard a LR-classed vessel. The Naval Dome system is the first multi-layer cyber defence solution developed specifically for maritime applications. Ran Merkazy, Vice President – Product & Services Innovation ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

West Africa Nigeria: Crude oil tanker escapes pirates near Bonny Island 3 November A crude oil tanker escaped two pirate vessels as it was sailing some 21 nm south-southwest of Bonny Island, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre reported. The officer of the watch on the tanker raised the alarm upon spotting the pirates, and the master ordered the crew to secure access to the vessel and retreat to the citadel. The bridge team deployed evasive manoeuvres, and pirates aborted their boarding attempt when a Nigerian naval vessel approached the scene. ...

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Incidents Of Piracy And Armed Robbery Against Ships In Asia In October 2017

A total of nine incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in October 2017. Of these, seven were actual incidents and two were attempted incidents. Of the nine incidents, two were piracy incidents and seven were armed robberies against ships. There was no actual or attempted incident involving the abduction of crew from ships reported in the Sulu-Celebes Sea and waters off Eastern Sabah in October 2017. Also, there was no incident involving the hijacking of ship for theft of oil cargo reported in October 2017. However, ...

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Navy steps up patrolling of Indian Ocean Region

The Indian Navy is broadening its patrol areas in the Indian Ocean Region to cover all choke points in the face of increasing maritime threats, its chief Sunil Lanba told The Hindu. “Last year, we had a relook at our deployment pattern and we reached a consensus within the Navy to have a mission-based deployment so that our areas of interest can be kept under permanent surveillance. So the ingress and egress routes of the Indian Ocean Region are being kept under surveillance so that we have better awareness and ...

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UN Security Council asks for comprehensive response to piracy off Somali coast

The Security Council Tuesday adopted a resolution to condemn the acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia and to call for a comprehensive response to prevent and suppress such acts and tackle their underlying causes. Resolution 2383 underlines the primary responsibility of the Somali authorities in the fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea off the Somali coast. It urges the Somali authorities to continue their work of passing a comprehensive set of anti-piracy and maritime laws and establishing security forces with clear ...

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Nigeria: Piracy – Foreign Shipping Firms Pay N14 Billion to Escort Vessels in Nigeria

Due to the volatile nature of Nigeria waterways, foreign shipping companies spend over N13.76 billion ($45 million) annually to escort their vessels from one point to another on Nigeria’s waterways, LEADERSHIP has learnt. About four major international shipping companies operate in the country including Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Grimaldi and CMA/CGM in addition to smaller foreign and local shipping companies operating on the waterways. This is coming against the backdrop of report by the United States of America (USA), through its maritime administration which published the latest Maritime alert ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 28 October – 3 November 2017

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

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Wallem works with US Coast Guard to enhance safety at sea

Two US Coast Guard Marine Inspectors were welcomed onboard the Wallem-managed vessel, the M.T. Tofteviken as part of the US Coast Guard Ship Rider Programme. The programme is aimed at ensuring and enhancing safety and security at sea by enabling USCG Marine Inspectors to experience operations on tanker work firsthand. Wallem is one of the few Ship Management companies to have offered this learning experience for the USCG Marine Inspectors and gave them a warm welcome onboard. During their three-day voyage, the Marine Inspectors learnt all about various operations onboard, ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

Yemen: Pirate attack wounds three off Socotra 24 October An Iranian-flagged fishing vessel was attacked around 41 nm southeast of Socotra island in the Red Sea. The Iranian coast guard alerted international naval forces who provided assistance. Three crew members were injured and treated by US personnel who arrived on the scene. PGI Analysis: The nature of the attack and those responsible was not confirmed in reports, though some sources indicate the vessel was attacked by pirates. It is possible the attack was related to either arms smuggling to the ...

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Piracy attacks: US warns ships over Nigerian waters

The United States of America, through its Maritime Administration, has published the latest Maritime Alert. In the alert, which was released, it warned ships to be wary when approaching Nigerian waters. According to the US Maritime Administration, the two recent incidences of pirate attacks in the Niger Delta of Nigeria is a confirmation of escalating insecurity around and on the waters of Nigeria. It made reference to the attacks on October 21 and 25, 2017. “Two incidents have been reported in the Gulf of Guinea in the past six days. ...

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3 pirates arrested after attempted hijack of cargo ship

Police arrested five pirates on Monday in connection with Saturday’s incident in which they had attempted to hijack a cargo ship from Bangladesh. In the wee hours on Saturday, the pirates had attempted to hijack the cargo ship when it was passing through Sundarbans area. Acting on a tip-off, the police had conducted a raid when the pirates were about to attack the cargo ship. There was a gun battle between the team led by Arijit Sinha, Superintendent of Baruipur police district, and the pirates. However, the accused managed to ...

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Countering the ‘Pirates’ Paradise’: Unmanned Systems and Marine Security in Southeast Asia

Drones could help close the capabilities gaps that allow pirates to flourish in Asian waters. In prior articles, we wrote about the use of unmanned systems for military affairs, focusing on naval combat and hybrid warfare and the possible dangers of how unmanned systems could fit into the framework of political hybrid warfare. However, unmanned systems – UAVs in particular – have more uses than those described above, including the use of UAVs for surveillance purposes to counter piracy across Southeast Asian (SEA) waters. Piracy spiked in many parts of ...

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Navarino launches Angel, the first cyber security service designed for maritime use

Navarino has released Angel, its cyber security service at its annual Partner Event in Athens. Angel is compatible with any satellite network or IP based communication solution and is a fully managed service. It is comprised of maritime-oriented Intruder Detection and Intruder Prevention Systems, with a dedicated security team that monitors vessels 24/7. As a result, Angel provides oversight, threat alerting and control over the vessels entire network. The Angel security team monitors and correlates all security logs and events, identifying threats and distinguishing them from false alerts. Based in ...

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Pirates steal vessel donated to Nigeria by Japan

Findings have revealed that a fishing and research vessel donated by the Japanese Government to the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology (FCF&MT) in Lagos has been stolen by pirates. This is even as the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) disclosed that it has been able to trace the missing vessel to neighbouring Cameroun. Investigation showed that the vessel, Sarki Baraka, is a 1982 built Panama flagged vessel with IMO number 8103107, MMSI: 371759000 Call Sign: HO4222. It has a Gross Tonnage of 1091 and Deadweight: 1200. ...

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Hackers can gain access to maritime ship data through a built-in backdoor

Researchers have uncovered severe vulnerabilities in software used by thousands of maritime ships worldwide. On Thursday, IOActive researchers unveiled a new analysis of AmosConnect 8.0, which uncovered two critical security issues that could give attackers unfettered access to systems and information. Stratos Global, an Inmarsat company, offers the AmosConnect communication shipboard platform to provide narrowband satellite communications, email, fax, interoffice communication, and more for those at sea. International shipping firms and services often deal with confidential customer data and they may also hold valuable deliveries and so can be a ...

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