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ICC IMB urges continued caution while welcoming lull in crew kidnappings in Gulf of Guinea

The ICC International Maritime Bureau’s latest global piracy and armed robbery report recorded 37 incidents in the first three months of 2022 – compared to 38 incidents over the same period last year – with nearly half of them (41%) occurring in Southeast Asian waters, particularly in the Singapore Straits. In comparison, there was a welcome decrease in reported incidents in the Gulf of Guinea region with seven incidents reported since the start of the year. Sustained efforts are however needed to ensure the continued safety of seafarers in the ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 06 – 12 Apr 2022

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 27 Mar – 05 Apr 2022

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 20 – 26 Mar 2022

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

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Enhancing maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden

Information sharing is critical for maritime security. Best Practices for Information Sharing was the topic for a regional workshop at the Djibouti Regional Training Centre, which brought together participants from 14 countries in the region. The five-day IMO-led workshop (13 -17 March) examined ways to strengthen the regional Information Sharing Network to detect, deter and disrupt illegal activities at sea. The event, supported by subject matter experts from the United Kingdom and European Union, also explored ways to tailor Maritime Domain Awareness to meet security challenges and modalities for interacting ...

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Dryad Global: Commercial Operations: Shipping, Ports & Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the subsequent impact on commercial operations therein, has produced a considerable and at times overwhelming deluge of information. From casual observers to informed commentators, the relentless flow of news and information can result in a confused picture of conflicting narratives. Within the commercial space, this adds a considerable degree of complexity to long term decision making, making it more important than ever to ensure access to accurate, timely and concise information. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine represents a fundamental shift in the security architecture of ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 13 – 19 Mar 2022

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 in Asia – update

Although the overall situation in Asia in 2021, compared to 2020, has improved with regards to the number of reported incidents related to piracy and robbery on ships, there have been a continued increase of incidents in the Singapore Straits (SS), accounting for more than half of the incidents in Asia last year with 49 reported attacks. 2022 (as of today) has already chalked up 20 reported incidents (19 attacks and 1 attempted) in the CAT3 and CAT4 categories of incidents. The current threats in Asia, at the time of ...

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Global pirate attacks and maritime armed robbery incidents lowest since records began

The global reporting centre for pirate and maritime armed robberies has recorded the lowest number of incidents since records began. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) received 132 reports of attacks against ships in 2021, the lowest since 1994. It has attributed the drop in incidents to action taken by authorities but is calling for continued co-ordination and vigilance to ensure the long-term protection of seafarers. “While the overall reduction in globally reported incidents is welcomed the IMB piracy reporting centre urges coastal states to acknowledge the inherent risk from piracy ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 06 – 12 Mar 2022

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 27 Feb – 05 Mar 2022

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

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Piracy trends and hotspots

Global piracy and armed robbery numbers decreased in 2021, according to the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC). Its latest annual report shows a 32% drop in overall attacks in 2021 compared to 2020. The drop is primarily attributed to decreased activity within the Gulf of Guinea region, and Nigerian waters in particular. A look at the figures also reveals that only two incidents were recorded within the African continent outside the Gulf of Guinea region, compared to four in 2020. The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 20 – 26 Feb 2022

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

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EMASoH: Two Years Of De-Escalation In The Strait Of Hormuz

The European-led Maritime Awareness mission in the Strait of Hormuz, EMASoH, has been in operation for two years by 25 February 2022. EMASoH has been active for two years now and since the inception, the mission has contributed to ensuring the freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz based on principles of neutrality, dialogue and de-escalation. In full accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the mission provides enhanced maritime situation awareness and surveillance through the deployment of additional maritime ...

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U.S. eyes 100-strong Mideast sea drone fleet with security partners

The United States Navy and security partners will patrol Middle East waters with 100 unmanned vessels next year to improve deterrence against attacks, like those presented by Iran, the U.S. Fifth Fleet commander said. The region is vital for global trade, especially oil supplies that flow out of the Gulf via the Strait of Hormuz. There have been high-seas confrontations between U.S. and Iranian forces with attacks on oil tankers in Gulf waters in 2019. Sanctions-hit Iran denied accusations of responsibility. Last year the U.S. Navy established a new task ...

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