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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

East Africa Yemen: Pirates open fire on tanker in Gulf of Aden 31 March Four armed pirates in two skiffs came within 100 m of a tanker in the Gulf of Aden before opening fire on the vessel at 0820 hrs local time. The embarked armed security team returned fire, prompting the pirates to abort the attack and move away. Ladders were sighted on the skiff. The tanker sustained minor damage from the attack although crew were reported as safe. PGI Analysis: Piracy-related activity is commonly reported in the Gulf ...

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South Korea deploys anti-piracy warship after hijack of fishing boat off Ghana

A South Korean naval vessel.South Korea has deployed a naval vessel from its regional anti-piracy effort to help in the search after a fishing boat was hijacked by pirates off Ghana, South Korea’s foreign ministry said on Saturday. The ministry said the fishing boat had about 40 crew – mostly from Ghana but including three South Koreans. It said the pirates used a speedboat to take away the South Koreans. South Korean President Moon Jae-in sent South Korea’s anti-piracy Cheonghae unit to the area to try to secure the South ...

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Saudi oil tanker hit in Houthi attack off Yemen: coalition

Yemen’s Houthi group hit a Saudi oil tanker off the main port city of Hodeidah on Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition said, in an attack that could complicate a new United Nations push to end a war that has killed more than 10,000 people. The Iranian-aligned Houthis said they had targeted a coalition warship in response to an air strike on Hodeidah on Monday that killed at least a dozen civilians, including seven children. Tensions have been rising in recent days after the Houthis, who control most of northern Yemen, launched ...

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Pirates’ attack: Titus Glover urges tight security at Ghana’s ports

Following the attack on a Ghanaian fishing vessel, Marine 711, and the subsequent kidnapping of five sailors who were on board the vessel last Monday, the Deputy Minister for Transport, Titus Glover, has charged port officials to tighten security at Ghana’s ports, to avert similar incidents in the future. Titus Glover, who doubles as the Member of Parliament for the Tema East Constituency was speaking when he visited the Tema Port to meet with management and security officials in charge at the facility. Mr. Glover said the recent incident came ...

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Three Korean sailors taken by pirates near Ghana

Three Korean sailors are presumed to have been kidnapped in seas off Ghana, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday, with a Korean anti-piracy warship being dispatched to the area. According to the ministry, a 500-ton fishing boat named the Marine 711 with over 40 crew members aboard, including the three Koreans, is believed to have been hijacked by unidentified pirates on Monday. While moving into Nigerian waters, the pirates transferred some of the sailors, including the Korean sailors, to a speedboat on Tuesday, with their whereabouts still unknown. The hijacked ship, ...

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Germany gives maritime security equipment to assist ECOWAS

Germany has handed over maritime security equipment to the Multi-national Maritime Coordination Centre (MMCC) in Accra, Ghana to assist ECOWAS maritime security measures. The equipment donated to the Centre is one of the efforts of Germany in consolidating its maritime safety support for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The equipment, worth 1.2 million Euros, consist of 18 items-a Barrett long range telecommunications device including nautical and marine radio facilities, satellite communication radio, computers, monitors and voltage regulators, a Mast as well as minibus and their accessories. The ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 24 – 30 March 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

South East Asia China: Robbers attempt to board bulk carrier at Caofeidian anchorage 24 March Two robbers in a wooden boat attempted to board a bulk carrier using a ladder at Caofeidian Anchorage at 2315 hrs local time. Duty crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. The robbers fled upon seeing the alerted crew. PGI Analysis: Robberies are infrequently reported at Caofeidian Anchorage, although many are likely to have gone unreported. Robbers typically target vessels overnight to take advantage of low visibility. They are typically easily deterred although may ...

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SHI’s Smart Ship Solution Secures ABS Cyber Approval

ABS granted a Certificate of CyberSafety Compliance for Samsung Heavy Industries’ (SHI) Smart Ship Solution demonstrating adherence to the ABS Guide for Cybersecurity Implementation for the Marine and Offshore Industries and ISO 27000 series, IT Security Control Code of Practice. The goal of SHI’s Smart Ship Solution is improving vessel efficiencies using real time data from hull and equipment sensors in collaboration with land-based technical and fleet managers. Real time data transfer between ship and shore facilities, to enable automated operations, presents a growing cybersecurity challenge for the marine and ...

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ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre: Enhanced digital tools designed to better serve maritime enforcement agencies as well as maritime community

The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC), the first regional government-to-government agreement to promote and enhance cooperation against piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia, today launched a new website and mobile app to better serve its key stakeholders such as maritime enforcement agencies, shipping companies, and the larger maritime community. New ReCAAP ISC Website The new website, accessible at www.recaap.org, features a more contemporary interface with streamlined, more intuitive navigation. Key features include: Prominently positioned digital tools with one-click access to o Interactive Digital Map for consolidated past incidents ...

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Enhancing Maritime Security

With 90 percent of the world’s trade carried by sea, maritime security is a key lever of the global economy. “No shipping, no shopping,” is how Africa Center Adjunct Professor Ian Ralby sums it up. “If we don’t secure the maritime domain, our entire way of life will change.” The Seychelles, a 115-island archipelago in the Indian Ocean, has been at the vanguard of protecting the maritime domain and prosecuting maritime crimes, not only in its territorial waters, but along much of Africa’s east coast. Since 2010 when the first ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 17 – 23 March 2018

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

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Somali pirates return as IUU continues in the Gulf of Aden

Somali pirates have returned as illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing continues in the Gulf of Aden, between Yemen and the Horn of Africa, News Security Beat reported. While piracy has diminished since 2008-2012, when these waters became some of the most lawless in the world, a spate of incidents in 2017-2018 has made it clear that the conditions that led to piracy—including incursions from foreign fishing boats—are still a major problem. IUU fishing is a constant challenge for Somalia’s fisheries sector, which employs 70,000 workers and contributes $135 million ...

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The 12th Governing Council Meeting of the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC)

The 12th Governing Council Meeting of the ReCAAP ISC was held on 20 to 22 March 2018 in Singapore, hosted by the Singapore Government. The Council reviewed the activities of ReCAAP ISC in FY2017 and deliberated on its activities for FY2018 and beyond. On 22 March 2018, the Open Session was held with External Participants comprising representatives from two countries and 12 organisations. The Council commended ReCAAP ISC on producing positive results in respect to its activities in FY2017 under the three pillars of its mission, i.e., information sharing, capacity ...

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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

South East Asia China: Robbers attempt to board vessel at Caofeidian Anchorage 18 March Three robbers in a small boat attempted to board a bulk carrier at Caofeidian Anchorage at 0040 hrs local time. The crew noticed the robbers however and raised the alarm and alerted the master, prompting the robbers to abandon the attempt. PGI Analysis: Robberies are infrequently reported at Caofeidian Anchorage, although many are likely to have gone unreported. Robbers typically target vessels overnight to take advantage of low visibility. They are typically easily deterred although may ...

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