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ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre Holds Dialogue with Shipping Industry to Strengthen Maritime Situation Awareness and Deepen Cooperation in Fight against Piracy and Sea Robbery in Asia

Dialogue comes on the back of almost two-fold increase in incidents of piracy and sea robbery from January to June 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) today held a virtual dialogue with representatives of shipping associations and companies based in Singapore and Malaysia. During the dialogue, ReCAAP ISC presented the Half-Yearly Report 2020 (January to June) during which a total of 51 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 50 actual incidents and one attempted incident) were reported in Asia. Following ...

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Maritime Cyber Attacks Increase By 900% In Three Years

Cyber-attacks on the maritime industry’s operational technology (OT) systems have increased by 900% over the last three years with the number of reported incidents set to reach record volumes by year end. Addressing port and terminal operators during an online forum last week, Robert Rizika, Naval Dome’s Boston-based Head of North American Operations, explained that in 2017 there were 50 significant OT hacks reported, increasing to 120 in 2018 and more than 310 last year. He said this year is looking like it will end with more than 500 major ...

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Pirates in west Africa kidnap Greek tanker’s crew: company

Pirates have kidnapped over a dozen Ukrainian and Russian crew members on a Greek-owned tanker off the coast of Benin in west Africa, the company said Monday (July 20). The Gulf of Guinea, which includes the Nigerian coast, is among the world’s most dangerous waters as pirates regularly loot ships and kidnap sailors for ransom. Alison Management Corp said the MV Curacao Trader “was attacked by pirates approximately 210 miles (337.9km) off the coast of Benin on 17th July”. “Thirteen out of its 19 Ukrainian and Russian crew members have ...

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UN agency confirms ‘hijacked’ tanker taken to Iranian waters

The United Nations has said that a “hijacked” oil tanker has returned to Iranian waters after an apparent attempt to smuggle crude oil for the Islamic republic. The International Labor Organisation said that the MT Gulf Sky was hijacked off the coast of the UAE July 5, citing its captain. “The vessel was taken to Iran,” the ILO told the Associated Press. The ILO cited the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network for its information. The ILO earlier filed a report saying the vessel and its sailors had been abandoned ...

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Security through bureaucracy is pain with limited gain

Shipping guidelines and recommendations are encouraging shipowners and operators to focus mainly on bureaucratic, procedural controls. This might feel like a cheaper, easier way to address the “cyber security problem”. But there is a risk it will turn the sector into “busy fools” that fail to achieve actual progress in securing their onboard systems. Since the publication of IMO 2021 and BIMCO guidelines for cybersecurity onboard ships there has been a flurry of activity by class societies to define cyber notations. The aim is to provide a common language to ...

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ClassNK releases Guidelines for Designing Cyber Security Onboard Ships (Second Edition)

Leading Classification Society ClassNK has released its “Guidelines for Designing Cyber Security Onboard Ships” (Second Edition) for newbuilding designs targeting shipyards and ship-building owners In the second edition of the “Guidelines for Designing Cyber Security Onboard Ships”, the control measures and the framework to implement such measures were updated to incorporate the international cyber security standards for industrial control systems IEC 62443 series and the latest recommendation on cyber resilience for new ships (Rec. No. 166) published by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in May 2020. In addition, ...

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Fifty-one Incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia reported to ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre from January to June 2020

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) today released its Half-Yearly Report 2020 (January to June). Highlights of the Report, whose information is verified by the respective government agencies, also known as ReCAAP Focal Points, and regional authorities, are appended:   Overall Situation  A total of 51 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 50 actual incidents and one attempted incident) were reported in Asia during January-June 2020  This represents close to a two-fold increase in the total number of incidents and a two-fold increase in the number of actual ...

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ECSA: Extension of EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta vital for maritime security

In a letter to the EU High Representative Josep Borrell Fontelles, ECSA underlined the need for an extension to the current mandate and the continued European leadership in maintaining maritime security through EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta. “The EU has shown strong leadership in enhancing the security of ships transiting the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin – through which 20% of global trade passes – by the establishment of Operation Atalanta in 2008,” wrote Martin Dorsman, ECSA Secretary General. “From the heights of piracy in the region in 2010, ...

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Crew kidnappings surge in seas off West Africa, IMB reports

Violent attacks against ships and their crews have risen in 2020, with 77 seafarers taken hostage or kidnapped for ransom since January, reveals the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest piracy report. The Gulf of Guinea off West Africa is increasingly dangerous for commercial shipping, accounting for just over 90% of maritime kidnappings worldwide. Meanwhile ship hijackings are at their lowest since 1993. In total, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) recorded 98 incidents of piracy and armed robbery in the first half of 2020, up from 78 in Q2 2019. ...

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Nigeria charges 10 pirates for attacking Chinese vessel

The Nigerian government on Monday arraigned 10 suspected pirates in a federal high court in Lagos, the nation’s economic hub for allegedly hijacking a Chinese fishing vessel. The vessel, FV Hai Lu Feng II, is said to belong to the Haina Fishing Company. The government charged the suspects with three counts on piracy. Prosecutor Magaji Labaran alleged that the defendants committed the offence in May, on the International waters in Abidjan, Cote D’lvoire, while armed with dangerous weapons. They were alleged to have committed an illegal act of violence against ...

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Pirate attacks surge in West Africa, Singapore and Peru

It was simply seven years in the past that Tom Hanks starred in “Captain Phillips” — a harrowing film a couple of Somali pirate assault off the Horn of Africa. Since then, piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Sea of Somalia has all however disappeared — there have been no reported attacks in 2019 — however piracy continues… it’s simply moved to less-policed areas. In keeping with a number of stories, pirates have moved primarily to the Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Africa — preying ...

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ClassNK Joins the Maritime Transportation System ISAC to Help Address Cybersecurity Risks

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (“ClassNK”) joined the Maritime Transportation System Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MTS-ISAC) as part of a growing list of maritime community partners. This is an innovative relationship between the two nonprofit organizations aimed at strengthening vessel and shoreside cyber risk management. The partnership provides ClassNK with actionable insights from community-sourced cyber threat intelligence to reinforce ClassNK’s Cyber Security Guidelines to help prevent cyber incidents from negatively impacting the safety and security of maritime operations. ClassNK is the first classification society and the first non-U.S. organization to formally ...

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Piracy And Nigeria’s Security Failure

A recent statement by the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, on piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is revealing. He said last January an informant showed him a picture of a suspected pirate who currently works with Shell. The informant said that if the suspected pirate could be arrested, much information regarding maritime insecurity in our waters would come to light. The “suspect” is also known to a naval officer. “What we are doing now,” said Jamoh, “is investing so much on ...

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Pirates kidnap nine in attack on vessel off Nigeria, says ship owner

Pirates attacked an oil production vessel off Nigeria in the early hours of Thursday and kidnapped nine Nigerian nationals, the ship’s owner BW Offshore said. The Sendje Berge ship was undergoing maintenance when the attack happened, BW Offshore’s Chief Financial Officer Staale Andreassen told Reuters. The Oslo-listed company said none of the people remaining on the vessel were injured. “We are working now with the Nigerian authorities to get those nine people safely back,” Andreassen added. The vessel, a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) that can produce about ...

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Piracy And Armed Robbery In The Gulf Of Mexico

There has been a rise in incidents of piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Mexico over recent months. Armed criminal groups have been reported to target and rob commercial vessels, oil platforms, and offshore supply vessels in the Bay of Campeche area in the southern Gulf of Mexico. The US Maritime Administration has recently issued an advisory, 2020-008-Southern Gulf of Mexico-Vessel Attacks, detailing such events, and actions to be taken in the event of piracy and armed robbery incidents in the region. The US government is aware of ...

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