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Kidnap: Managing your stakeholders

The scourge of piracy and maritime kidnap is not a new phenomenon, it is its endurance worldwide that causes the most discouragement. In the last year we’ve seen several high-profile, sobering cases and Greek operators have not been immune. With the continued prevalence of these attacks, it’s critical to have strong communications procedures in place. Incidents involving the Elka Aristotle, Happy Lady, Minerva Virgo and Nave Constellation (to name a few) have brought the issue of kidnapping into sharper focus. Greek seafarers have sadly been victims, as kidnappers continue to ...

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Korean Register signs cyber security agreement with Samsung Heavy Industries

Korean Register (KR) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to conduct a joint study on “Ship Cyber Security Network Construction and Design Safety Evaluation” at the Marine Engineering Research Center of SHI. Under the MOU, the two organizations have agreed to evaluate the construction and design safety of cyber security networks applicable to new ships. In addition, they will jointly study technologies that can respond to cyber threats faced by ships, by diagnosing ship cyber security vulnerabilities using the cyber security test beds built by ...

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ReCAAP ISC Issues Warning on Activity of Abu Sayyaf Group in waters off Sabah, Malaysia

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre on 22 May issued the following Warning: 1. On 22 May, ReCAAP ISC has received information from the Philippine Coast Guard (ReCAAP Focal Point) that a group of approximately five ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) members armed with assorted firearms is planning to conduct kidnapping activities in undisclosed areas in Sabah, Malaysia. They are targeting wealthy businessmen or crew of fishing boats and other slow moving ships plying within the waters off Sabah, Malaysia. The group came from Sulu and was monitored to have landed at Omapoy ...

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Nigeria naval officers attack pirates, rescue Chinese vessel

Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, yesterday disclosed that the Nigerian Navy intercepted a Chinese vessel, which was attacked by pirates, off the Coast of Cote D’ Ivoire. Enenche, who revealed this in Abuja at a routine update on various operations of the Nigerian Armed Forces, said the pirates seized the vessel and directed it towards Nigerian waters. He said the Navy officers through an opposed boarding of the vessel arrested 10 pirates, rescues 18 crew members comprising Chinese, Ghanaians and Ivorians, adding, “The Nigerian Navy was ...

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NIMASA tests new anti-piracy law on intercepted Chinese vessel

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, is set to test the new anti-piracy law with the intercepted Chinese fishing vessel Hailufeng 11 where about ten pirates who hijacked the vessel were arrested. The vessel had been licensed to fish in Côte d’Ivoire. Vanguard Maritime Report gathered that the arrested persons are presently in Police custody in Apapa, Lagos. collaboration between the Nigerian Navy and NIMASA resulted in the interception of the vessel. Recall that President, Muhammadu Buhari had, last year, signed the Anti Piracy Bill into law which ...

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Piracy is on the rise, and coronavirus could make it worse

In early April, eight armed raiders boarded the container ship Fouma as it entered the port of Guayaquil, Ecuador. They fired warning shots toward the ship’s bridge, boarded the ship and opened several shipping containers, removing unknown items before escaping in two speedboats. Nobody was harmed. Ecuador isn’t exactly a hot spot of global piracy, but armed robbers regularly attack ships in and around the port of Guayaquil. It’s the seventh-busiest port in Latin America, handling most of Ecuador’s agricultural and industrial imports and exports. Ships moored along the port’s ...

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UK-flagged tanker repulses pirate attack in Gulf of Aden – ship manager

Armed pirates attacked a British-flagged chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden on Sunday but were repulsed, the ship’s manager Stolt Tankers said. The pirates approached the Stolt Apal in two speedboats some 75 nautical miles off Yemen, it said, in one of the most important trade routes for oil heading from the Middle East to Europe. “After multiple warning shots were fired by the armed guard team aboard Stolt Apal, the skiffs opened fire on the ship. The armed guard team returned fire, disabling one skiff and ending the ...

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The day the pirates came

For Sudeep Choudhury, work on merchant ships promised adventure and a better life. But a voyage on an oil tanker in West Africa, in dangerous seas far from home, would turn the young graduate’s life upside down. His fate would come to depend on a band of drug-fuelled jungle pirates – and the whims of a mysterious figure called The King. The MT Apecus dropped anchor off Nigeria’s Bonny Island shortly after sunrise. Sudeep Choudhury was at the end of a draining shift on deck. Looking towards land, he could ...

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ReCAAP: Nine Piracy and Armed Robbery Incidents in Asia During April

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre today issued its April 2020 Report on the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. A summary is appended. The full report can be downloaded from the ReCAAP ISC website. Summary § A total of nine incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in April 2020 § Of the nine incidents, one was a piracy incident and eight were incidents of armed robbery against ships § There was no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas ...

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Floating storage of oil cargoes

Due to a combination of circumstances there is now a worldwide shortage of storage space ashore for both unrefined and refined oil products of all types. As such there is a now growing demand for oil tankers to be used as floating storage. Potential issues to consider Owners who receive requests to use their vessel for floating storage should give consideration to the following issues which may arise: Degradation of the cargo in long term storage, this can be due to a number of factors such as gum formation, bacterial ...

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Increased piracy attacks in the Gulf of Mexico

The club understands that there has been a recent increase in the number of piracy and armed robbery incidents in Mexican waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Security concerns are not a new phenomenon for the region with several reported incidents over the past few years. However, there have been at least four reported armed robbery incidents during April 2020 involving vessels in the Sonda de Campeche area, Mexico’s main offshore area, located in the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico. This latest activity included violent attacks on various ...

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Incidents involving ships while underway in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait (Part VIII)

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre today issued an Incident Alert on incidents involving ships while underway in the eastbound lane of Singapore Strait. The full Incident Alert is on the ReCAAP ISC website. A summary is appended: § During 16-30 Apr 20, three incidents of armed robbery against ships occurred on board ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait § Some engine spares were stolen in one incident, and nothing was reported stolen in the other two incidents § In all ...

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Pirates are expanding in West Africa, threatening offshore oil storage

As international oil companies (IOCs) grapple with a historic plunge in crude prices, a rise in piracy is also poised to threaten supply chains. The first quarter of 2020 saw a spike in piracy around the world, with 47 attacks compared to 38 for the same period last year, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). The Gulf of Guinea, a key production hub surrounded by eight oil exporting countries in West Africa, has emerged as a global hot spot, accounting for 21 attacks so far this year and 90% ...

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Two Incidents of Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Reported to ReCAAP ISC during 21-27 Apr 2020

During 21-27 Apr 20, two incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia were reported to the ReCAAP ISC. Of the two incidents, one was a CAT 31 incident that occurred on board a bulk carrier while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait; and the other was a CAT 42 incident that occurred on board a tanker while anchored at Vung Tau Anchorage, Vietnam. The location of the incidents is shown in the map below; and detailed description of the incidents ...

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“The Ocean Dove” By Carlos Luxul: A terrifyingly plausible terrorist attack is bearing down on a globally iconic city. Can it be stopped?

A terrifyingly plausible terrorist attack is bearing down on a globally iconic city. Can it be stopped? The Ocean Dove is a fast-paced thriller about a shocking new kind of terror. As we guard our land borders and airspace, will devastation come from the sea? Visceral action and an intriguing plot – perfect for those who love a great thriller. Tracking data confirms a multipurpose ship carrying a deadly cargo has sunk in the Indian ocean. Only Dan Brooks doubts it, but he’s new to the security services and his ...

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