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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 10 – 16 Oct 2021

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

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Piracy and armed robbery incidents at lowest level in decades, but IMB cautions against complacency

The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has reported the lowest number of reported piracy and armed robbery incidents for the first nine months of any year since 1994. IMB’s latest global piracy report recorded 97 incidents of piracy and armed robbery for the first nine months of 2021 – the lowest level of reported incidents since 1994. In 2021, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) reported 85 vessels boarded, nine attempted attacks, two vessels fired upon and one vessel hijacked. Reported incidents are down to their lowest level in decades, but ...

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Gulf of Guinea pirates threaten region’s security

There is a lot of activity in the Gulf of Guinea in terms of counterpiracy efforts, as well as trade and attempts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. These factors are about recovery, while having to deal with urgent security problems, in this critical area of the African continent. The maritime security environment in the Gulf of Guinea needs to coalesce around maritime cooperation in terms of logistics and the prevention of threats. Key ports — including Abidjan and Sassandra in Ivory Coast, the Port of Pennington in Nigeria, Kome ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 03 – 09 Oct 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 26 Sep – 02 Oct 2021

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

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Thefts and robberies in the Philippines

According to the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC), a total of 11 incidents of armed robbery against ships has been reported in the Philippines so far in 2021. Nine of the 11 incidents occurred at Manila Anchorage Areas. All nine took place during the hours of darkness, and seven of the nine involved a container vessel. Due to the fact that the Port of Manila has been nominated as a crew change hub to help seafarers distressed ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 19 – 25 Sept 2021

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

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Sea Piracy in Nigeria Drops 80%—NIMASA

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has disclosed that sea piracy has declined drastically by 80 per cent on Nigeria’s territorial waters. This was made known by the Director-General, Mr Bashir Jamoh, during a courtesy call by Executive Members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, led by the Chairman, Mr Adeleye Ajayi to the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos. According to Mr Jamoh, $783 million had been lost to piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. He said: “We have recorded a drastic reduction in piracy ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 12 – 18 Sept 2021

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

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Kenya removed from piracy red list

The global shipping industry has removed Kenya maritime waters within the Indian Ocean from the piracy red list, 12 years after it was designated a high-risk area (HRA). The move will save Kenya and East Africa millions of shillings in insurance and other security expenses, and could open up Kenya’s ports for more business. The decision was communicated to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the United Nations (UN) agency responsible for improving the safety and security of global shipping on Wednesday. This was as a result of a heightened campaign ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 05 – 11 Sept 2021

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

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Incident Hot Spots – A Global Overview Of Navigation Incidents

In a navigation incident, the first line of inquiry would normally cover the bridge watchkeepers. While the human element plays a significant role in these incidents, it is perhaps worth asking, what if some geographic areas are more prone to navigation incidents than others? The majority of the investigation reports tend to conclude that “human error” is the root cause of navigation incidents. Among the findings, human error generally entails; lack of situational awareness, poor lookout and competence of the mariners involved. The human error, as has been observed in ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 29 Aug – 04 Sept 2021

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

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Indian Ocean piracy ‘High Risk Area’ reduced

While a continued downward trend in Somali piracy has prompted leading shipping organisations to reduce the geographic boundaries of the ‘High Risk Area’ for piracy in the Indian Ocean, vessels transiting these waters must remain vigilant and be aware of the evolving maritime security landscape. On 17 August 2021, BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO, and OCIMF, representing the global shipping and oil industries, announced an agreement to reduce the boundaries of the piracy High Risk Area (HRA) in the Indian Ocean as incidents in the region continues to decrease. The changes ...

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NIMASA targets piracy-free waters to reduce shipping costs insurance premiums

A sustained reduction in reported cases of piracy and other maritime crimes in Nigerian waters would end the War Risk Insurance premium on Nigeria-bound cargoes, the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has said. Jamoh spoke in Lagos when he received the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Emmanuel Jime, who led a delegation from the agency on a courtesy visit to NIMASA in Lagos. The international shipping community, as could be seen from the recent reports by the ...

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