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Latvian tanker attacked, looted in West Africa

Latvian product tanker Ance was attacked on September 16, while at anchor near West Africa, Maritime and Crimean Shipping News portal reported. Four robbers armed with a gun and knives boarded an anchored tanker. They took hostage the crew. After looting the cabins, the robbers locked the crew in a cabin and escaped. Crew personal belongings, cash and ship’s properties were stolen. Representatives of the ship owners, Latvian Shipping Company (LSC), told LETA that the value of the stolen properties has not been big. The coast guard, law enforcement institutions ...

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Iranian held by Somali pirates since 2015 freed

An Iranian sailor held hostage by Somali pirates for more than four years has been released with the help of the United Nations and a humanitarian group, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi thanked the Hostage Support Partnership group, U.N. officials in Somalia, and authorities in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland and in Ethiopia for their help in winning the release of Mohammad Sharif Panahandeh, the state news agency IRNA said. Three Iranians sailors are still being held, Mousavi said. “We are happy to announce we have obtained ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 15 – 21 September 2019

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

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

Congo: Robbers board merchant vessel at Pointe Noire Anchorage 04 September A merchant vessel was boarded at 0140 hrs local time while anchored at Pointe Noire Anchorage. The security team onboard the vessel reportedly spotted an unspecified number of unauthorised persons onboard the vessel. The crew proceeded to raise the alarm, and a search was performed but the intruders could not be located. Vessel and crew were reported safe. PGI Analysis: Non-violent robberies are sporadically reported at Pointe Noire Anchorage and assailants are usually easily deterred by basic security procedures ...

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Kuwait Raises ISPS Level 2

The Ministry of Communications in the state of Kuwait’s has released a Ministry Resolution increasing the ISPS level for all poets within Kuwait to ISPS L2 ”Minister of State for Services Affairs: • After reviewing the constitution:- • Amiri Decree issued on 12/8/1986 concerning the functions of the Ministry of Transportation • Amiri Decree No. 5 in 2017 concerning the functions of the Minister of State for Services Affairs • Council of Ministers No.1003 Decision No. 2/64 held on 23/11/2009 on the formation of the Standing Committee to follow up ...

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UAE says joining global maritime security coalition

The United Arab Emirates is joining an international maritime mission to protect commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and other areas, state news agency WAM said on Thursday. The ​​operation area for the International Maritime Security Construct covers the Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandab, the Sea of ​​Oman and the Arabian Gulf, WAM said. Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it would join the same coalition. Several oil tankers have been attacked in Gulf waters this year. Washington and Riyadh have blamed Iran for the explosive blasts, a charge Tehran ...

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Armed security to be provided for vessels anchoring at Douala, Cameroon

Our correspondent BUDD Group reports that each vessel calling at anchorage at Base Buoy (B9) at Douala Port, Cameroon will now be provided with an armed security team for their protection. This team will remain onboard the vessel throughout her stay at anchorage and will leave after berthing. This service will be free and will be conducted for an indefinite period. We attach a copy of this briefing from the Port Authority of Douala, as well as an article from BUDD, providing a port profile on Douala, Cameroon, for further ...

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Saudi Arabia Joins U.S.-Led Coalition to Protect Oil Shipping

Saudi Arabia joined a U.S.-led coalition to secure sea lines vital to oil shipping in the Middle East in the aftermath of a devastating attacks on Aramco’s oil facilities. The International Maritime Security Construct’s area of operation covers the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most critical waterway for oil supplies, the Strait of Bab al-Mandab, the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. The move aims to support efforts to thwart threats to trade as well as guarantee energy security, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported. U.S. Seeks Support to ...

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Saudi Drone Attack

What Happened On 14 Sep 19, the Saudi Aramaco owned Abqaiq oil processing facility was attacked by a coordinated attack utilising multiple drones. Preliminary reports have indicated that the attack resulted in 19 points of impact. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani told a news conference that the attack was conducted by Yemen in legitimate defence and in reciprocity for the Saudi attacks. This follows on from initial reports that Yemen’s Houthi rebels have stated that they take responsibility for the attack. However, Saudi sources have suggested that assessments of the attack ...

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Britain’s move to join U.S. Gulf mission frustrates European plans

Britain’s decision to join a U.S.-led naval mission in the Gulf has delayed European efforts to set up a maritime force to ensure safe shipping in the Strait of Hormuz separate from American patrols, EU diplomats say. Britain and France proposed a European-led maritime force in July that was to be independent of the United States. They won support from Denmark, Italy and Spain, who were wary of an American mission for fear of making U.S.-Iranian tensions worse. The proposal was announced after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 08 – 14 September 2019

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

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Oman- Cooperation is paramount for maritime security: Sayyid Badr

Oman remains at the forefront of maritime security in the region in league with navies from around the world. It is cooperating with agencies such as the EU Navfor for free flow of international trade in the region as well as around the Horn of Africa. Speaking at the Indian Ocean Conference in the Maldives recently on the topic of ‘Securing the Indian Ocean Region: Traditional and Non-Traditional Challenges’, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidi, Secretary General in Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that maritime security is built upon ...

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Increasing piracy risk at Douala anchorage, Cameroon

The effect of piracy on crew and their safety continues to be a cause for concern and transiting West African waters remains particularly difficult. In the first half of 2019, 73% of all kidnappings at sea, and 92% of hostage-takings took place in the Gulf of Guinea. While reports from previous years have shown that most attacks have occurred outside Cameroon waters, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre has recorded three cases of piracy at Douala anchorage so far in 2019, all involving abduction of crew members. In an effort to ...

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Eight Piracy and Armed Robbery Incidents Reported Against Ships in Asia During August

ReCAAP ISC issued the August 2019 Report on the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. Summary A total of eight incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in August 2019 Of the eight incidents, two were piracy incidents and six were incidents of armed robbery against ships There was no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah; and no hijacking of ships for theft of oil cargo reported in August 2019 However, the abduction ...

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Middle East shipping stabilised by UK navy, says Fleet Commander

Britain’s decision to send warships to the Strait of Hormuz has helped to stabilise commercial shipping through the critical chokepoint weeks after Iran seized a UK-flagged tanker in the region, a top British navy official said on Thursday. The UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero was detained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19 for alleged marine violations two weeks after Britain had detained an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar. That vessel was released in August. Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd, the Royal Navy’s Fleet Commander, said it had ...

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