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Neptune P2P Group: Weekly Intelligence Report 10th January – 17th January

Indian Ocean HRA Overview No incidents reported in the High Risk Area during the reporting period. Although no ships were hijacked in the HRA in 2018, pirates fired upon a suezmax tanker in the Gulf of Aden, as well as a product tanker and a capesize bulk carrier more than three hundred miles from the Somali coastline. Masters are advised to maintain high levels of vigilance when transiting these waters and to follow the latest BMP recommendations. This also highlights the requirement for the continued presence of armed security teams, ...

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Four Nigerian ‘pirates trying to get into the UK’ are charged with attempted hijacking

Four migrants accused of trying to hijack a container ship heading to Britain have been hit with fresh charges this morning. The 770-foot cargo ship Grande Tema, sailing off the coast of Kent, had to call in British special forces in December after stowaways were discovered on board. Four Nigerian men Samuel Jolumi, 26, Ishola Sunday, 27, Toheeb Popoola, 26, and Joberto McGee, 20, were today charged with attempted hijacking, having previously been accused of affray. The crew of the ship locked themselves in the bridge after the stowaways apparently ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 13 – 19 January 2019

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

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Cybersecurity and Maritime Industry

Nowadays, information security is considered as one of the most fundamental and critical factors that evaluates the reliability and availability of a computer system or an ICT environment. Information and communications technology (ICT) has induced a severe revolution in the digital era and the connected network (Internet) has become an integral part of our daily lives. All organizations and industries employ the Internet, computer networks and ICT infrastructure, including industrial control systems (ICS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems in order to compete in the markets, increase productivity ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

South East Asia China: Armed robbers board bulk carrier at Caofeidian anchorage 13 January Two robbers armed with a steel bar boarded an anchored bulk carrier at Caofeidian large oil tank anchorage at 0430 hrs local time. Duty crew sounded the alarm upon noticing the robbers, prompting them to flee before they stole anything. PGI Analysis: Robberies are sporadically reported at Caofeidian anchorage, although many incidents are likely to go unreported. Robbers often target vessels at anchorages overnight to take advantage of low visibility, underscoring the need for vigilance at ...

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Russian sailors captured by pirates in Gulf of Guinea alive — labor union

Russian sailors captured by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea on January 2 are alive and held in acceptable conditions, chairman of the Russian Union of Sailors Yury Sukhorukov told TASS on Wednesday. Sukhorukov said that pirates contacted the company that owns the captured ship. “Representatives of a pirate group contacted the company that owns the ship. Negotiations have been launched. The captain was allowed to speak to the ship owner. He confirmed that everything is more or less fine, that people are held in more or less acceptable conditions,” ...

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Concerns over abduction remain even as Asian piracy cases fall: ReCAAP

Piracy and sea robberies across Asia have declined, but concerns remain over abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes seas and the waters of Eastern Sabah, with 10 still in captivity, a regional security watchdog said. “Despite a decrease in abduction incidents, threat remains and ships should reroute where possible,” the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia, or ReCAAP, said in its annual report released Monday. There were a total of 76 piracy and armed robbery incidents in 2018, down 25% on ...

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IMB piracy report 2018: attacks multiply in the Gulf of Guinea

Piracy increased on the world’s seas in 2018, with a marked rise in attacks against ships and crews around West Africa, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest annual piracy report reveals. Worldwide, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) recorded 201 incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery in 2018, up from 180 in 2017. The Gulf of Guinea remains increasingly dangerous for seafarers. Reports of attacks in waters between the Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo more than doubled in 2018, accounting for all ...

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ABS FCI Cyber Risk™ solution helps ensure compliance with regulatory requirements

ABS Advanced Solutions and Fleet Management Limited signed an agreement to implement the ABS industry-leading cyber security solution for Fleet Management’s 220-vessel liquid cargo fleet. “Fleet Management Limited is one of the world’s leading ship management firms, and their decision to select the ABS FCI Cyber Risk™ model underlines its position as an industry leader,” said Russell Medeiros, Vice President, ABS Advanced Solutions. “Working together, we will provide a comprehensive cyber security solution to assist in ensuring compliance with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as well as additional cyber-security related ...

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Seventy-Six Incidents Reported to ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre in 2018, Marking 25% Year-on-Year Decrease, and the Lowest in a Decade

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) released its Annual (January to December 2018) Report. Highlights of the report, whose information is verified by the respective government agencies, also known as Focal Points, and regional authorities, include: Overall Summary There was a total of 76 incidents of piracy and armed robbery reported in Asia between January to December 2018, comprising 62 actual incidents and 14 attempted incidents This represents a decrease of 25% in the total number of incidents and a 31% decrease in actual incidents compared to 2017 This marks the ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 6 – 12 January 2019

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

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Talks With Pirates May Start Soon After Russian Sailors Abduction – Ship Owner © capture d’écran: YouTube

The owner company of the MSC Mandy ship, which was assaulted last week off Benin’s coast, is creating a team that will be tasked to communicate with the pirates who kidnapped six Russian sailors during the assault; the first round of talks may be held later in the day, the company’s spokesman said. “We have engaged security experts and are creating a team for contacting the pirates. The team will include lawyers, negotiators, and employees of a company that deals with security. We hope to establish the first contact today,” ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

West Africa Benin: Pirates kidnap six crew from vessel off Cotonou 2 January Pirates boarded an underway Panama-flagged container ship at 0101 hrs local time 55 nm south of Cotonou before kidnapping six crew members and fleeing the scene. The vessel, its cargo and remaining crew were reported safe. PGI Analysis: The news of the kidnappings comes after initial reports that the vessel came under attack in the area, and it remains unclear if ransom has been demanded. Russian media has said two Georgians, four Ukrainians and 20 Russians were ...

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Somali Region Once Riddled With Pirates Sees Peaceful Power Transfer

A region of war-ravaged Somalia elected a new president this week, a peaceful transfer of power in a part of the country notorious for piracy and Islamist militias. Said Abdullahi Deni, who is likely to continue Puntland’s close cooperation with the United States, defeated his closest rival, Asad Osman Abdullahi. He was sworn in for a new five-year term. Puntland, on the tip of the Horn of Africa, considers itself a semi-autonomous region that comes under the federal government, although the relationship between the two parties has at times been ...

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EU, China and the U.S. Needs To Support Counter-Piracy Operations In The Gulf Of Guinea – BIMCO

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is an unacceptable burden to seafarers and shipping companies. Around 40 ships have been attacked in the Gulf of Guinea in the past 12 months. Most recently, six seafarers were kidnapped from the MSC Mandy, which was on the way to Lagos, Nigeria. BIMCO asks, on behalf of its members, that maritime powers increase their presence and expand their collaboration with local states to curb piracy. “We look towards the EU, China and the United States to join forces and deploy naval capacity in ...

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