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BIMCO Launches New Contract For Employment Of Security Escort Vessels

BIMCO’s Documentary Committee has approved a new standard contract for security escort vessels (SEVs). The standard is a balanced contractual framework for SEVs that accompany merchant ships in high threat areas such as the Gulf of Guinea which has recently seen a rise in piracy activity as the dry season has begun. The new contract is dubbed SEV-GUARDCON because it is based on BIMCO’s GUARDCON contract for the employment of security guards on board ships. “The escort vessel’s capabilities, and what should happen if the vessel does not arrive at ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 21 – 27 Nov 2021

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

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BIMCO Calls For Continued Naval Support In Gulf Of Guinea After Piracy Incident

Overview Following the incident in the Gulf of Guinea on 24 November involving the Danish frigate Esben Snare and a suspected pirate vessel, BIMCO calls on all naval forces in the area to further increase the pressure on piracy groups and hopes a continued naval presence will act as a deterrent. According to the Danish Armed Forces, Danish frigate Esben Snare has been involved in an incident involving suspected pirates on 24 November in the waters south of Nigeria. The Danish navy further announced that the frigate was close enough ...

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Danish forces kill four pirates off Nigeria: navy

A Danish naval patrol killed four pirates in an exchange of fire in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria, Denmark’s armed forces said on Thursday. “No Danish soldiers were injured, but five pirates were shot,” the military said. “Four of the pirates died. One was injured,” it added. The incident occurred on Wednesday when the frigate Esbern Snare, which has been patrolling the area since early November, attempted to board the pirate boat. The Danish forces fired warning shots, and the pirates immediately fired back. “The Danish ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 14 – 20 Nov 2021

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

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NIMASA: Piracy Decreasing Massively in Nigerian Waters

The management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) led by its Director General, Dr Bashir Jamoh, has noted the massive reduction in piracy in the Nigerian waters. The Special Assistant to the DG on Communication Strategies, Mr Ubong Essien, who revealed this in a media parley in Port Harcourt at the weekend, explained that the low piracy was achieved following the flagg-off of the Deep Blue Project which is a security architecture in the waters. Essien said the security achievement is in collaboration with the Navy, Air ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 07 – 13 Nov 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 31 Oct – 07 Nov 2021

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

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Dryad: Old Tools Vs New Threats?

Introduction Historically, maritime security guidelines and best practise have evolved in response to incidents or issues that have resulted in a clear gap in the provision of the procedural core function, security. The timeline of the implementation of significant maritime security legislation and conventions illustrates this pattern of development. Post 9/11, the US raised concerns about the maritime domain potentially becoming a target for international terrorism. The ISPS Code provides a framework for the assessment and detection of possible security threats to ships or port facilities. It applies to vessels ...

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Modern Piracy Is A Threat To The Lives And Livelihoods Of Seafarers

While reported incidents of piracy and armed robbery are down to their lowest level in decades, violence against crew remains high in many areas of the world. A Gard correspondent was recently called to attend onboard a ship where crew members had been severely beaten by robbers during a stay at the Conakry Anchorage, Guinea. According to one of Gard’s African correspondent, TCI Africa/ Eltvedt & O’Sullivan, robbery incidents occurring at the Conakry anchorage appear to be increasing, not only in numbers but also in the level of violence asserted ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 24 – 30 Oct 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 17 – 23 Oct 2021

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

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Dryad Global secures strategic partnership with CR International to deliver intelligence led insurance solutions

Dryad Global is partnering with an approved Lloyd’s of London broker with over 70 years of market experience. CR International, part of the CR Group, is one of the largest European players for retail business, placing insurances on War Risks, H&M and P&I (amongst others) for more than 9,500 vessels. The new business alignment means that shipowners and charterers are provided with the best actionable risk intelligence, which in turn allows for competitive premiums rather than a ‘one-cost-fits-all’. Dryad Global clients can now access transit risk assessments and insurance cover ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 10 – 16 Oct 2021

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

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Piracy and armed robbery incidents at lowest level in decades, but IMB cautions against complacency

The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has reported the lowest number of reported piracy and armed robbery incidents for the first nine months of any year since 1994. IMB’s latest global piracy report recorded 97 incidents of piracy and armed robbery for the first nine months of 2021 – the lowest level of reported incidents since 1994. In 2021, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) reported 85 vessels boarded, nine attempted attacks, two vessels fired upon and one vessel hijacked. Reported incidents are down to their lowest level in decades, but ...

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