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China to continue escort missions in Gulf of Aden, Somalia

China will continue to participate in escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia to protect the international lane, a spokesperson said. The comment by Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang came as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres praised China in a report to the UN Security Council, saying that China’s escort missions played an important role in coping with the pirate threat. China appreciates the UN chief’s acknowledgement of China’s work and contribution, Geng said at a daily press briefing. Under the mandate of the UN Security Council, ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 21 – 27 October 2017

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

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Countries thankful of Iran’s counter-piracy measures

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari noted other countries’ appreciation of Iran’s effective countermeasures against maritime terrorism and piracy, saying maritime diplomacy is important for neutralizing Iranophobia. Speaking to reports on Wednesday, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari made the remarks in relation to the country’s effective measures in foiling numerous pirate attacks in Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and Gulf of Aden. He noted his participation at the Venice Regional Seapower Symposium (RSS) for the Navies of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Countries where he was invited to provide the European country with ...

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EUNAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta: new Operation Commander appointed

Today, the EU’s Political and Security Committee has appointed Major General Charlie Stickland, a high-ranking military official in the Royal Marines, as new Operation Commander of the Operation Atalanta. He will take up his duties on 7 November 2017. The European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation Atalanta contributes to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast. The operation is part of the EU’s comprehensive approach for a peaceful, stable and democratic Somalia. The operation also protects vessels of the World ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

India: Merchant vessel reports suspicious activity off Gujarat state 19 October A merchant vessel reported that it sighted two suspicious crafts at 0100 hrs local time, 50 m away from their vessel for one hour. The vessel reported that nothing was sighted on the crafts as it was too dark, and the boats later moved away but remained in their vicinity. PGI Analysis: It remains unclear whether those on board the crafts had criminal motives given the lack of detail in the report. There has however been an uptick in ...

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Six crew from German ship kidnapped in Nigerian waters

Six crew from a German container vessel have been kidnapped in Nigerian waters, a shipping company said on Tuesday. Four of those taken are Filipino, and one is a Ukrainian national, according to the Philippines department of labour and Ukrainian foreign ministry. Kidnapping for ransom is a common problem in parts of Nigeria. A number of foreigners have, in the last few years, been kidnapped in the Niger Delta, source of most of the crude oil which is Nigeria’s economic mainstay. “The vessel was attacked by pirates on early Saturday ...

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Piracy – The Truth Behind the Legend

Most of us may still have a picture about pirates that seems just legendary, a piece of the distant past or even a creature of imagination. Giving the most accurate definition of piracy is: “the act of boarding any vessel with intent to commit theft or any other crime, and with an intent or capacity to use force in furtherance of that act”. And yes, modern piracy still exists and is pretty serious! In fact, it is once again on the rise. Hotspots are now the pathways of major trade ...

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Spotlight on maritime security at Mexico workshop

Mexican port security officials have undergone training on complying with IMO’s International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS Code). Forty participants took part in the workshop in Manzanillo, Mexico (16-20 October), focusing on the practise of self-assessing compliance with regulations under the Code that apply to port facilities. The workshop included theoretical lessons, presentations on self-assessment processes and techniques, practical exercises, role playing and a visit to a port facility in Manzanillo. The event is part of a series of activities coordinated with the Mexican Navy (SEMAR) following the reorganization ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 14 – 20 October 2017

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

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Weekly Maritime Security Report 17 October 2017

South East Asia Malaysia: Assailants board unmanned rig in Singapore Straits 12 October Five assailants in two wooden crafts approached and boarded an unmanned rig while it was being towed at 0820 hrs local time in the western Singapore Straits. The tug master raised the alarm and reported the incident to local authorities. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency was deployed to the scene although the assailants had fled the rig before they arrived. Both the vessel and crew were reported safe. PGI Analysis: The motive behind the boarding remains unconfirmed ...

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Duterte to ASEAN leaders: Blast pirates out of our shipping lanes

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said the piracy in the Malacca Strait needed to be stopped before it would affect trade in the region. The President said he would seek discussions on the matter with the leaders of affected countries like Malaysia and Indonesia to ask for a decisive military solution. “I tend to deal with my last card. That has been my character. And if I get to talk to the leaders, there is one thing I can just offer. Blast them out of the seas to keep our ...

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Pirate attacks “still a major concern,” says maritime charity as new figures are released

Global piracy continues to be a concern in the Gulf of Guinea, Southeast Asia and Venezuela, according to statistics released yesterday by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB). In the first nine months of 2017, 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported, including 92 vessels boarded with five hijackings, 11 attempted attacks and 13 vessels fired upon. While this is a decrease compared to statistics from the same period in 2016, the report shows that attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and Southeast ...

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Researcher Uncovers Shipping Industry Security Flaws

They may be a lot bigger than the average smartphone or desktop, but a researcher recently demonstrated a plethora of security gaps that could expose container ships to cyberthreats. In a blog post, Ken Munro of Pen Test Partners detailed shipping industry security vulnerabilities such as weak passwords, easily exploitable satellite antennae and other misconfigurations that can be identified by conducting a simple search on Shodan, a search engine for internet-connected devices. Exposing Shipping Industry Security Flaws At a shipping conference in Athens, Greece, Munro showed a private network terminal ...

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Nigeria, Ghana sign MoU to wage war against sea pirates

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has signed a four-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) to stop pirates attacks in both countries. At the ceremony on Monday in Lagos, the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, told a delegation of GMA that the MoU would be renewed every four years. The two maritime bodies endorsed a document of a relationship to support the aspirations of both countries. Peterside said that the MoU had no financial implication on both countries. “Africans must cooperate to solve ...

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Myanmar’s Evolving Maritime Security Landscape

Myanmar links South and Southeast Asia and lies on maritime shipping routes from the Indian and Pacific Oceans. A key pillar of its national development agenda is establishing an efficient and integrated transport system to become Asia’s newest maritime hub. Recent political and economic reforms have already had significant impact on national trade flows. According to the Central Statistical Organization, the annual value of total trade (exports and imports) during 2004-2010 remained below US$5 billion. In 2014-2015, this figure increased to US$29 billion. Of this trade, more than 85% is ...

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