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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

East Africa and Indian Ocean Ocean Yemen: Skiff approaches merchant vessel off Hanish Islands 11 July A skiff with eight persons on board approached a merchant vessel 17 nm south of the Hanish Islands in the southern Red Sea at 1110 hrs local time. The skiff came within 0.2 nm of the vessel and crew reported sighting a ladder on board the skiff. The vessel’s security team showed their weapons and the skiff moved away. Suspicious activity and approaches are regularly reported around the Hanish Islands. Yemen : Fresh security ...

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Forty Incidents Reported to ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre from January to June 2018, Marking 15% Year-on-Year Decrease, and the Lowest in 10 Years

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) yesterday released its Half-Yearly (January to June 2018) Report. Highlights of the report, whose information is verified by the respective government agencies, also known as Focal Points, and regional authorities, include: Overall Summary – Total of 40 incidents reported from January to June 2018, of which 29 were actual incidents while 11 were attempted cases – Of the 40 incidents reported, 37 (92%) were armed robbery against ships and three (8%) were piracy – This marks a 15% decrease compared to the same period in ...

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UN says anti-piracy fund has boosted maritime security in Somalia

The UN counter-piracy fund that has been in existence since 2011 has boosted maritime security in Somalia and Western Indian Ocean coastline through enhanced prosecution of culprits, an official said. Jaime Serpanchy, the Secretary of UN Counter Piracy Trust Fund (CPTF), said that technical support for countries affected by piracy in the Horn of Africa region has improved their capacity to prosecute criminals involved in the vice. “The trust fund’s primary mission which is to assist countries in the horn and eastern African region carry out piracy prosecutions has been ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 7 – 13 July 2018

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

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

East Africa and Indian Ocean Oman: Skiffs approach merchant vessel off Muscat 4 July Two small white-hulled craft approached a merchant vessel at speed 88 nm east-northeast of Muscat at 1350 hrs local time. The craft had four persons on board each and came within 500 m of the vessel. Further details of the incident were not disclosed, although both the vessel and crew were reported as safe. PGI Analysis: Reports of suspicious activity in the Gulf of Oman have increased since early 2017, some of which have been linked ...

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Maritime Piracy : Is there conspiracy against Nigeria?

There are indications that the upcoming security report on Nigeria’s marine space may worsen with operators accusing international interest groups of mischief over the report. But Nigerian maritime industry stakeholders also indicated that despite the controversial nature of the figures on piracy attacks the number of incidences would certainly increase and Nigeria would maintain lead on the global piracy ranking in the second quarter, 2018. The International Maritime Bureau, IMB, in its first quarter 2018, Q1’18, reports, noted that Nigeria currently leads in global pirates attacks against vessels. In the ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 30 Jun – 06 July 2018

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

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Weekly Maritime Security Report

Nigeria: Assailant boards anchored ship in Lagos 3 July An unidentified assailant boarded an anchored merchant vessel at 0129 hrs local time at Lagos anchorage. Crew on board sighted the intruder, raised the alarm and informed patrol boats. The assailant left the ship. There were no reports of items stolen or damage to the ship. PGI Analysis: There are regular reports of thefts, robberies and unauthorised boardings from anchored ships at Lagos port complex, particularly at night-time. Assailants are frequently armed, underscoring the need for vigilance at all times. Nigeria: ...

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ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and World Maritime University Strengthen Cooperation in Fight against Piracy and Sea Robbery

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) and World Maritime University (WMU) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the cooperation between the two organisations in the shared interest in increasing the knowledge of the evolving situation of piracy and sea robbery in Asia. The cooperation will see ReCAAP ISC share its Asian experience in combating piracy and armed robbery against ships with the next generation of maritime leaders pursuing their postgraduate studies at WMU’s campus in Malmö, Sweden, and in turn host visiting students of WMU at ReCAAP ISC ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 23 – 29 June 2018

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

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Singapore takes over command of multi-national counter-piracy task force

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has taken over the command of a multinational counter-piracy task force – Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 – from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force. A change of command ceremony was held on Thursday (June 28) at the Naval Support Activity, Bahrain. It was witnessed by Vice Admiral Scott A. Stearney, Commander of Combined Maritime Forces, and attended by Rear-Admiral (RADM) Lew Chuen Hong, Singapore’s Chief of Navy. This is the fifth time that the SAF will be leading CTF 151 since it was set up ...

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Successful conclusion of 1st Maritime Cyber Security Conference held by ARMADA and DRS Cognosec AB

ARMADA MARITIME CYBER SECURITY SYSTEMS and DYNAMIC RECOVERY SERVICES a subsidiary of COGNOSEC AB are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the 1st Maritime Cyber Security Conference, held on Wednesday 20th June 2018 at the Piraeus Marine Club with Subject: “Maritime Cyber Security – Combating the challenges of the New Era for Safe Navigation” The Conference was preambled by the President of the Marine Club Ms Irene Daifa and was attended by the honorable Minister of Shipping & Island Policy Mr. Panagiotis Kouroumplis and the former General Secretary of ...

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Shipping Industry Launches New Security Resources for World Fleet

International shipping industry organisations, with military support, have launched a new website dedicated to providing comprehensive maritime security guidance to companies and mariners. Launched yesterday, the new website www.maritimeglobalsecurity.org provides security-related guidance produced by the industry as well as links to other useful maritime and military security resources. “In a world of increasingly complex security risks, it is essential that mariners and ships are protected. The new website will be a freely available facility where companies and mariners can access essential guidance and information to help them comprehensively prepare for ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

East Africa and Indian Yemen: Speedboats approach merchant vessel off Hanish Islands 26 June Two speedboats approached a merchant vessel 10 nm south of Jazirat al Hanish al Jabir island in the southern Red Sea at 1008 hrs local time. The speedboats had eight to 10 persons on board each, but moved away when the embarked armed security team showed their weapons and the vessel was reported as safe. The speedboats had previously approached two other merchant vessels in the area. PGI Analysis: The incidents mark the latest reports of ...

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Human Element Is Part Of The Maritime Cyber Problem

Most ship cyber security breaches are consequent of human error but can easily be avoided by implementing cutting edge technology and policies to prevent crews from inadvertently infecting shipboard systems. That was one of the key take-aways from a major maritime cyber conference held in London recently and at which delegates were informed of the potentially catastrophic consequences when Operational Technologies are hacked. “The problem is that when crew or operators use USB sticks to upload system files or log on using their own mobile phones, laptops and tablets or ...

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