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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 18 – 24 oct 2020

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

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Steering With Artificial Intelligence To Combat Maritime Piracy

Maritime piracy today remains a complex challenge to international law, world trade and the safety and security of seafarers. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and other maritime safety advisories publish various counter-piracy guidelines and recommendation to help shipping companies protect their ships against the piracy menace. In reference to the guidelines, while it is essential to keep sharp look-outs or maintain a good radar watch when vessels transit high risk areas, approaching small skiffs can often be overlooked. The effectiveness of the IMO guidelines therefore relies greatly on the diligence ...

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Increased security threats to vessels operating in the Gulf of Guinea

Pirates are kidnapping more seafarers off West Africa, IMB reports On 14 October 2020, the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) released figures showing a rise in piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas in the first nine months of 2020, with a 40% increase in the number of kidnappings reported in the Gulf of Guinea, compared with the same period in 2019. Approximately 95% of the global kidnappings during the period occurred in the Gulf of Guinea, involving 80 crewmembers being kidnapped in 14 attacks off ...

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Do not switch off the AIS in Nigerian waters

On 5 October 2020, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) issued a notice warning its clients and other stakeholders that the Nigerian Navy will investigate, and has arrested, ships that switch off their automatic identification system (AIS) when operating in Nigerian waters. It further reminds masters of their obligations under SOLAS Reg.V/19 to maintain their AIS in operation at all times, when underway or at anchor. The NNPC notice can be viewed here. AIS as a safety measure The objective of AIS is, according to the IMO, to enhance the ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 11 – 17 oct 2020

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

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ReCAAP: Report Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia January-September

A total of 75 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 73 actual incidents and two attempted incidents) were reported in Asia during January-September2020 compared to 54 incidents (comprising49 actual incidents and five attempted incidents) during January-September 2019.This accounts for an increase of 39% in the total number of incidents reported during January-September 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Of the 75 incidents, 71 were incidents of armed robbery against ships and four were piracy incidents. The increase of incidents during January-September 2020 occurred in Bangladesh, ...

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Conclusions of the 14th Governing Council Meeting of the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre

The 14th Governing Council Meeting of the ReCAAP ISC (“the Centre”) was held on 13 and 15 October 2020 by virtual modality, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Meeting was attended by the Governors/Representatives of the 20 ReCAAP Contracting Parties (Annex). The Council reviewed the activities of the Centre in FY2019 and deliberated on its activities for FY2020 and FY2021. The Council commended the Centre for conducting its mission actively and producing positive results in FY2019 under the three pillars of its mission, i.e., information sharing, capacity building and ...

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Pirates are kidnapping more seafarers off West Africa, IMB reports

ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) figures show a rise in piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas in the first nine months of 2020, with a 40% increase in the number of kidnappings reported in the Gulf of Guinea, compared with the same period in 2019. Pirates armed with guns and knives are abducting bigger groups of seafarers at further distances off the West African coast. IMB’s latest global piracy report details 132 attacks since the start of 2020, up from 119 incidents in the same period last year. ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 4 – 10 Oct 2020

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

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Continued Counter Piracy Efforts Between CTF151 And Oman

Commander of CTF 151 (CCTF 151) held a video conference call with the Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman (CRNO) to discuss future combined efforts in the Arabian Sea and around the Gulf of Aden. Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir (CCTF 151) talked with Rear Admiral Abdullah Bin Kamis Bin Abdullah Al Raisi about information sharing between CTF 151 and Oman; CCTF 151 requested continued assistance in identifying regional merchant shipping from the Royal Oman Navy, while offering CTF 151’s assistance in providing Oman with Pattern of Life information from ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 27 Sep – 3 Oct 2020

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

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Vessel Insurance Premiums Jump As JWC Redraws Gulf Of Guinea Risk Area

Following an increase in kidnap for ransom attacks in the Gulf of Guinea beyond Nigeria’s economic zone, the Joint War Committee has redrawn the listed extended risk area in the West Africa region. The Joint War Committee* (JWC) has expanded its Gulf of Guinea listed area further south and east following an uptick in piracy attacks. The JWC’s listed area was last changed in 2013 and previously covered only the exclusive economic zones of Togo, Benin and Nigeria north of latitude 3° north. It has updated the listed areas and ...

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Piracy reached zero due to efforts of Army, IRGC Navy

Due to the efforts of the Iran Army Navy and the IRGC Navy, piracy has been reached zero in recent months, said an official in Ports and Maritime Organization. Deputy Marine of Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran Jalil Eslami said that since the beginning of the coronavirus in the country, a variety of transportation models suffered a serious recession, but maritime transport was not shut down for a moment, and this is the result of the efforts of industry activists. Without shipping the world economy is meaningless, he added. ...

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CTF 151 And The UK Maritime Trade Operations Centre Enhance Coordination Of Counter Piracy Activity

COMMANDER of CTF 151, Rear Admiral Nejat Inanir held a video conference call with Lt Cdr Chris Long, Officer in Charge of the Dubai based UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) office. The UKMTO provides an information conduit between the military and wider international maritime trade. UKMTO delivers timely maritime security information, often acting as the primary point of contact for merchant vessels involved in maritime incidents or travelling within an area of high risk. The link between CTF 151, as the Combined Maritime Forces’ counter piracy task force operating in ...

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ReCAAP: Special Report on Incidents at anchorages/ports in the Philippines

Incidents at anchorages/ports in the Philippines Advisory 1. Following the increase of the number of incidents of sea robbery reported at Manila and Batangas anchorages/ports during Jan-Sep 2020, the shipping industry is advised to adopt the following measures when anchor/berth in the area: • Enhance vigilance and maintain strict anti-robbery watch • Keep the ship’s surroundings well lit, keep flood lights on • Keep sharp look-out for small boats approaching close to the ship and do not allow any boats to come near ship as much as possible • Keep ...

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