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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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ClassNK establishes cross-sectional cyber security team

Leading Classification Society ClassNK has established a cross-sectional cyber security project team made up of ship and security experts of the Society in order to accelerate its cyber security service in response to the expanding needs of clients. Cyber security for ships is entering a practical stage, including the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) resolution encouraging administrations to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in existing safety management systems no later than the first annual verification of the company’s Document of Compliance after 1 January 2021. At the same time, ...

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, in cooperation with ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre, Join Efforts to Build Region’s Capabilities in Combating Piracy and Sea Robbery

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA Japan) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), in cooperation with the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC), jointly organised the 3rd Capacity Building Executive Programme (CBEP) in Singapore. The one-week programme begins today, and will end on 13 September 2019. Since the inaugural edition in 2017 held in both Singapore and Japan, CBEP has become the region’s flagship counter-piracy and sea robbery capacity building programme, with all 20 ReCAAP Contracting Parties as well as Indonesia and Malaysia having participated ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 01 – 07 September 2019

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

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Denmark discusses Hormuz international naval mission with European allies

Denmark’s prime minister said on Friday that the Nordic NATO member is in talks with a number of European allies about an international naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz. “We are looking into the possibility of a Danish naval contribution in an international European-led effort,” said PM Mette Frederiksen. “We are in dialogue with a number of European countries about how such an effort can be organised”. Source: Reuters (Reporting by Stine Jacobsen; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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Modi says India is safeguarding oil tankers in Strait of Hormuz

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that India had put security arrangements in place to safeguard its oil tankers passing through the Strait of Hormuz, which has seen a series of attacks on international vessels in recent months. Modi made the comments at an economic forum in Russia’s Far East, at which Russian President Vladimir Putin also said he was interested in a de-escalation of tensions in the strategic strait. Source: Reuters (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, Olesya Astakhova, Andrey Kuzmin; Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

Southeast Asia Indonesia: Robbers board tug near Pulau Bintan 09 August An unspecified number of robbers boarded an Indonesia-flagged tug towing barge at around 1800 hrs local time, approximately 14 nm northeast of Pulau Bintan. They stole some mattress protectors from a container on the barge, while it was anchored off Pulau Bintan. The master discovered that the items on board the barge were missing upon arrival at Crystal Offshore Yard, Singapore, on 10 August at 1200 hrs local time. The incident was reported to Singapore Port Operation Control Centre ...

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Club update on piracy and armed robbery in West Africa

The club has noticed a worrying trend of an increase in acts of piracy and armed robbery occurring in West Africa, in particular in the Gulf of Guinea. In its report from January to June 2019, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reported that globally, 78 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported compared to 107 for the same period in 2018. However, although the number of reported incidents were down globally, the Gulf of Guinea region accounted for 43% of the reported incidents, 73% of the reported ...

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