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Four Incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia in May 2021

OVERVIEW In May 2021, four incidents of armed robbery against ships¹ were reported in Asia. No piracy² incident was reported. Of the four incidents, three were actual incidents³ and one was an attempted incident⁴. The ReCAAP ISC is concerned with the continued occurrence of incidents on board ships while underway in the Singapore Strait. In May 2021, three incidents were reported in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait. There was no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off ...

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Shipping industry welcomes Nigeria’s creation of ‘Deep Blue’ to stamp out piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

The Round Table of Shipowner Associations and OCIMF have expressed their full support for the launch of Nigeria’s Deep Blue Project. Nigeria has announced yesterday a significant investment in military and law enforcement infrastructure to secure its maritime domain as part of a stepping up of actions to address the ongoing piracy issue in the Gulf of Guinea. Managed by the Nigerian Maritime Safety Agency (NIMASA), the multi-agency project will significantly increase maritime security in the region, an area blighted by piracy, armed robbery, and other maritime crimes. A central ...

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ReCAAP ISC virtual Capacity Building Workshop 2021

Twenty-eight officers from 18 ReCAAP Member States participated in virtual Capacity Building Workshop (CBW) 2021 organised by ReCAAP ISC. The main aim of this workshop is to share the latest situation of piracy and sea robbery in Asia as well as in other areas of concern, and to further improve the function of Focal Points/Contact Point (FPs/CP) thorough sharing experiences and best practices. FPs/CP are the government agencies designated by ReCAAP Member States to be the primary points-of-contact for the ReCAAP information sharing network. The programme of the workshop was ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 30 May – 05 June 2021

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

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 23 – 29 May 2021

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

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Seafarers’ charity Stella Maris joins call to end piracy threat in Gulf of Guinea

Global maritime charity Stella Maris has signed up to the Gulf of Guinea Declaration on the Suppression of Piracy, demonstrating the organisation’s commitment to eradicating the scourge of piracy. Stella Maris International Network Director Fr Bruno Ciceri, who is based in the Vatican, signed the Declaration on behalf of the charity. “We fully support the shipping industry and maritime community in the fight against piracy. It is unacceptable that seafarers, unsung heroes who keep world trade moving, continue to be subjected to pirate attacks. Aside from disrupting the global economy, ...

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How To Address Piracy In The Gulf Of Guinea And Protect Seafarers

It may have been a while since you went to the office, but cast your mind back to your daily workday pre-COVID-19. You commute into the office, have a coffee, chat with your colleagues, work at your desk, go to meetings. How does that make you feel? Now, imagine that throughout the day, at any time, someone could burst in on you with a machine gun to rob, kidnap or kill. You must always be on high alert, prepared to take cover to try to save yourself and your colleagues, ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 16 – 22 May 2021

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

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Maritime security experts partner NPA on safety

Maritime security experts under the aegis of the Support for West African Maritime Security (SWAIMS), on Thursday pledged to partner the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) toward addressing maritime security and safety. The group, which is affiliated to the European Union, provides support to ECOWAS countries in the drive to fight against piracy and related crimes in the sub-region. It offers technical assistance on the anti-piracy and nautical security services, among others. The SWAIMS team, on a working visit to the NPA head office in Marina, Lagos, identified electronic management control, ...

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PVI joins task force of stakeholders to sign Gulf of Guinea Declaration on the suppression of piracy

PVI has joined forces with the world’s leading companies and associations in the shipping industry to sign the Gulf of Guinea Declaration on the Suppression of Piracy. More than one hundred organisations from across the maritime industry, including flag state administrations, shipowners, charterers, and shipping associations have come together as a task force to raise world attention about the threats to shipping in the Gulf of Guinea. “We are committed to providing safe passage for vessels and crews while operating within the Gulf of Guinea and beyond. Signing this declaration ...

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IMO calls for further action to address Gulf of Guinea piracy

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has called for increased collaboration and action to tackle an escalation in the number and severity of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea region, which threatens the lives and well-being of seafarers and the safety of shipping. In a resolution on recommended action to address piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), IMO calls on Member States, national authorities, the United Nations and other relevant organizations to consider strengthening law enforcement to arrest and prosecute pirates ...

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Shipping industry launch the Gulf of Guinea Declaration on Suppression of Piracy

The attacks on merchant ships in the Gulf of Guinea by Nigerian pirates must end. So far, 99 maritime companies, organisations and flag states, including BIMCO, have signed the Gulf of Guinea Declaration on Suppression of Piracy, which was launched today. In 2020, 135 crew were kidnapped from their ships globally, with the Gulf of Guinea accounting for over 95% of the crew numbers kidnapped. This has happened in international waters in an area less than 20% of the size of the sea area dominated by Somali pirates a few ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 09 – 15 May 2021

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

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ReCAAP: Seven Armed Robbery Assaults Against Ships Were Recorded in Asia in April

In April 2021, seven incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia. No piracy incident was reported. The ReCAAP ISC is concerned with the continued occurrence of incidents on board ships while underway in the Singapore Strait. In April 2021, five incidents were reported in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait. There was no report of abduction of crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah, Malaysia in April 2021. However, the threat of abduction of crew remains high, ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 02 – 08 May 2021

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

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