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Gulf of Guinea persists as maritime security hotspot

Piracy and armed robbery incidents were on the rise in 2020 and the numbers do not seem to relent into 2021. IMB’s latest global piracy report (Q1 2021) records 38 incidents since the start of 2021 – compared with 47 incidents during the same period last year. In the first three months of 2021, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) reported 33 vessels boarded, two attempted attacks, two vessels fired upon, and one vessel hijacked. Despite a drop in the number of reported piracy incidents for Q1 2021, violence against ...

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ABS Consulting Launches Cybersecurity Offering to Combat Increasing Global Attacks on Operational Technology Networks

ABSG Consulting Inc. (ABS Consulting), a leading global operational risk management company, launches today an integrated new cybersecurity service designed to help organizations monitor, manage and reduce the growing threat of Operational Technology (OT) cyber attacks. “The digital front line is expanding to the OT environment, impacting today’s industrial systems and equipment critical to high performing operations, business reputation and safety,” says Ian Bramson, Global Head of Cybersecurity from ABS Consulting. “This is a new area with low maturity and high risk. As digitalization expands so do the risks of ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 25 April – 01 May 2021

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

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Nigeria and ICC announce ground-breaking antipiracy forum

In an unprecedented move, Nigeria and the Interregional Coordination Centre for the Implementation of Regional Strategy for Maritime Safety and Security in Central and West Africa (ICC) have announced the formation of a Maritime Collaboration Forum to provide shared awareness and deconfliction of activities in the Gulf of Guinea (GOG-MCF/SHADE). The forum is for all stakeholders, both regional and international. The announcement comes at a time when pirates continue to wreak havoc in the busy waters of Gulf of Guinea at distances more than 200 nautical miles from Nigeria. The ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 18 – 24 Apr 2021

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

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Incidents off Tanjung Pergam, Bintan Island, Indonesia

On 17 Apr 21, two incidents occurred to ships while underway off Tanjung Pergam, Bintan Island, Indonesia. The two incidents occurred within an interval of four hours and in close proximity to each other in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait. In one of the incidents on 17 Apr, the duty engineer spotted one perpetrator trying to open the steering gear entrance door from poop deck of a petroleum/chemical tanker. The perpetrator escaped knowing that his presence was discovered. Nothing was stolen. Within ...

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IMB warns continuous piracy risks in Gulf of Guinea

A global maritime body has said the Gulf of Guinea continues to be particularly dangerous for seafarers and urged vessels to remain vigilant as they transit the region amid persistent piracy risk in West Africa in the first three months. The latest report by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau(IMB) reaching Xinhua on Thursday shows that the Gulf of Guinea accounted for 43 percent of all reported piracy incidents in the first three months of 2021. According to the report, the region accounted for all 40 kidnapped crew ...

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ReCAAP: 17 Incidents of Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia During the First Quarter

A total of 17 incidents of armed robbery against ships (comprising 16 actual incidents and one attempted incident) were reported in Asia during January-March 2021. This accounts for a 39% decrease in the total number of incidents compared to the same period in 2020. A total of 28 incidents (comprising 27 actual incidents and one attempted incident) were reported during January-March 2020. All the incidents reported during January-March 2021 were armed robbery against ships. No piracy incident was reported. The decrease of incidents during January-March 2021 occurred in Bangladesh, India, ...

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Merchant Shipping Reassurance through Deterrence

Confidence in the rules-based international system is essential to the stability of the global economy. Without it commerce could not flow as freely as necessary to keep up with the world’s demand. For this reason eight partner nations work together within the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) to cultivate that confidence in the Middle East region. Partner nations include Albania, Bahrain, Estonia, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel, as the operational arm of the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC), ...

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Gulf of Guinea remains world’s piracy hotspot in 2021, according to IMB’s latest figures

The Gulf of Guinea accounted for nearly half (43%) of all reported piracy incidents in the first three months of 2021, according to the latest figures from the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB). IMB’s latest global piracy report records 38 incidents since the start of 2021 – compared with 47 incidents during the same period last year. In the first three months of 2021, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) reported 33 vessels boarded, two attempted attacks, two vessels fired upon, and one vessel hijacked. Despite a drop in the ...

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ReCAAP ISC Issues Incident Alert on Incidents against ships in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait

ReCAAP ISC issued an Incident Alert on Incidents against ships in the eastbound lane of the Singapore Strait: The incidents of armed robbery against ships continued to occur to ships while underway in the Singapore Strait. During 8 – 11 Apr 21, three incidents (two incidents on 8 Apr and one incident on 11 Apr) were reported on board ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait. The three incidents occurred in close proximity to each other (Tanjung Pergam, Pulau Bintan, ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 04 – 10 Apr 2021

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

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 28 Mar – 03 Apr 2021

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

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Shipping Companies Stuck Near Suez Are Reportedly Alerting U.S. Navy Over ‘Piracy Risks’

Multiple shipping companies are reportedly contacting the U.S Navy about the potential risks of piracy for ships traveling around Africa to avoid the blocked Suez Canal, the Financial Times reported Friday, amid growing concerns that the sky-scraper-sized ship may end up blocking one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes for weeks. With the Suez Canal blocked, ships can either drop anchor and wait or take a lengthy detour, most likely around Africa. The region has a well-documented history of piracy, with attacks jumping in 2020 according to the watchdog the ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 21 Mar – 27 Mar 2021

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

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