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ReCAAP: Sharp Increase of Incidents against ships in the Singapore Strait

Since 2019 through 2020, there is a sharp increase in the number of incidents of robbery and theft against ships while underway in the Singapore Strait (SS), compared to the period of 2016-2018. In 2019, 31 incidents were reported, and 33 incidents were reported in 2020 as of 20 Nov. The number of incidents during January-November 2020 accounts for an increase of 43% compared to January- November 2019 (23 incidents). Although the majority of the 33 incidents reported during January-November 2020 were at a low level of severity [CAT 4 ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 15 – 21 Nov 2020

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

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Maritime Piracy, A Resurgent Business And Other Threats To Shipping: How The Insurance Industry Handling The Arising Issues

A black flag showing a skull and crossbones automatically flashes through our minds each time we read or hear the word ‘piracy’ – I suspect that there must be a neurolinguistic programming into our minds since we were in our youth. Whilst reading comics containing stories of pirates , or watching Captain Hook’s adventures in movies, was an exciting and entertaining experience – maritime piracy is and has always been a crime with a severe detrimental impact on both the shipping industry and global economy, and, most importantly, in human ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 8 – 14 Nov 2020

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

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Dryad Global: CRITICAL Risk – Gulf Of Guinea

Operations within the Gulf of Guinea are often conducted against the backdrop of heightened risk. This is partly due to the prevalence of piracy in the region, and the relative lack of both counter piracy resources and activity. The recent flurry of incidents within the Gulf of Guinea has increased the risk profile to a unique and exceptional level. The risk profile for all maritime operations within the Gulf of Guinea at this time is CRITICAL (incidents are highly likely, expected daily). The sustained and elevated nature of the risk ...

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ReCAAP Reports Nine Incidents of Piracy And Armed Robbery Against Ships In Asia During October

In October 2020, nine incidents of armed robbery against ships¹ were reported in Asia. No piracy² incident was reported. With these incidents, the total number of incidents from January to October 2020 was 84 incidents, which represents an increase of35% compared to the same period of 2019 (62 incidents). The ReCAAP ISC is concerned with the overall increase of incidents in Asia, and particularly with the continued occurrence of incidents (robberies and thefts) in the Singapore Strait. Six incidents were reported in the Singapore Strait in October 2020. With these, ...

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Pirates hit three ships in S’pore Strait over six hours

Armed pirates struck at three ships in the eastbound lane of the Singapore Strait within a span of six hours over Sunday and Monday. As the perpetrators have not been caught, they may strike again, said the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre. There was no confrontation during the incidents and none of the crew were injured, it added. Ship equipment was stolen from one vessel, and a lifebuoy from another, while nothing was taken from the third ship. ...

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Incidents against Ships in the Eastbound Lane of Singapore Strait (Part X)

ReCAAP ISC yesterday issued an Incident Alert on Incidents against ships in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait (Part X): During 8 – 9 November 2020, three incidents of armed robbery against ships occurred on board ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait. The incidents occurred within the interval of six hours and in close proximity to each other. In all three incidents, there was no confrontation between the perpetrators and the crew. Ship equipment and a lifebuoy were stolen ...

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Japanese Warship Concludes Counter-Piracy Operations In The Gulf Of Aden

After six months conducting counter piracy operations with the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Gulf of Aden, the Japanese ship Ohnami prepares to return to her home port. The Takanami class destroyer has been working in support of the CMF’s Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, a counter-piracy task force which is currently led by the Turkish Navy. During their six month deployment JS Ohnami has accompanied hundreds of merchant ships in convoys to safeguard them from pirate attacks as they transit through the Gulf of Aden. The ship has ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 1 – 7 Nov 2020

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

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CMF and EU NAVFOR Host 47th Shade Conference On Maritime Security

The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in partnership with EU Naval Forces (EU NAVFOR) hosted the 47th SHADE Conference as a virtual event, 3rd – 4th November 2020. The SHADE, or Shared Awareness and De-confliction Conference, saw representatives from a number of nations, international organizations and members of the shipping industry join together to discuss combating piracy and broader maritime security issues across the Middle East. Each year, CMF and EU NAVFOR co-chair the conference, which includes working groups and expert guest speakers to discuss issues that affect maritime security, as ...

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International Counter Piracy Operation Blows Through The Gulf Of Aden

With the monsoon season – which makes sea conditions favourable for smaller shipping vessels – over, a large multinational counter piracy operation has been conducted by the Combined Maritime Forces in the Gulf of Aden. The operation, named Operation Shamal after the strong winds that blow from the north bringing sandstorms to the region, was designed to increase military patrolling in the area around the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa. The area is of immense importance as the main shipping lane from the Indian Ocean to the ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 25 Oct – 1 Nov 2020

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

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Oil tanker storming: Further custody extension for oil tanker suspects

Detectives have been given a further 24 hours to question seven people detained after military forces stormed an oil tanker off the Isle of Wight on Sunday. The Special Boat Service (SBS) ended a 10-hour standoff which started when stowaways on board the Nave Andromeda reportedly became violent. The Southampton-bound ship left Lagos on 5 October with 22 crew members. Hampshire Police said the Nigerian nationals would remain in custody until Thursday evening. A judge authorised further time for detectives questioning the men. An existing extension has been due to ...

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Three piracy attacks in S’pore Strait over 2 ½ hours

Armed pirates stormed three ships in the Singapore Strait in the span of 2 ½ hours between Sunday night and yesterday morning. But nothing was stolen from the bulk carriers in the three separate incidents, which took place in close proximity to one another in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the waterway. Neither were their crew injured, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre said yesterday. The latest armed incidents bring the tally for ...

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