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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 13 – 19 Feb 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 06 – 12 Feb 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 30 Jan – 05 Feb 2022

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

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Piracy Has Decreased In 2021 But The Threat Remains

According to the annual piracy report published recently by the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB), piracy and armed robbery at sea last year has reached an all-time low since 1994. But the threat remains. The report shows that in 2021, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre recorded a total of 132 incidents against ships. Out of these, 115 vessels were boarded, 11 were attempted attacks, 5 vessels were fired upon and 1 vessel was hijacked. “The overall decrease in incidents does not mean that the piracy has been almost eradicated,” commented ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 23 – 29 Jan 2022

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

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China, Russia hold joint anti-piracy drills in Arabian Sea

The navies of China and Russia on Monday conducted joint anti-piracy drills in the northern part of the Arabian Sea with the aim of enhancing the capabilities of the two countries’ militaries in safeguarding strategic maritime routes, the Chinese Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. A total of five warships plus vessel-based helicopters and marines took part in the exercise, China’s Ministry of National Defense said in a press release on Tuesday. During the drills, the Chinese-Russian flotilla practiced training courses including joint maneuver, saving hijacked vessels and transporting injured personnel ...

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Piracy and armed robbery cases in Singapore Strait hit 6-year high in 2021

The number of piracy and armed robbery cases in the Singapore Strait hit a six-year high in 2021, even as such cases in Asia fell to their lowest since 2018. There were 49 incidents in the Singapore Strait – recognised as one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes – in 2021, compared with 34 in 2020 and 31 in 2019. The 49 cases are the highest since the 99 incidents in 2015. In the whole of Asia, 82 piracy and armed robbery incidents against ships were reported in 2021 – ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 16 – 22 Jan 2022

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

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Risky business: managing geopolitical security threats

Due to pandemic restrictions, Gard held its 16th annual Charterers and Traders Geneva seminar as a webinar. The topic of global maritime security threats was addressed through role play with panellists representing a shipowner and a charterer. To kick-off, our guest speaker from Risk Intelligence, took us through an overview of the current and emerging security risks for shipping. Introduction In our recent Charterers and Traders webinar, our guest speaker, Henrik Ehlers Kragh COO of Risk Intelligence, discussed cyber threats, war risks and current emerging risks in connection with global ...

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Gulf of Guinea records sharp drop in piracy incidents in 2021: report

The Gulf of Guinea recorded 34 incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery in 2021, a sharp drop from 81 in 2020, a global maritime body has said. In its annual piracy report released on Thursday, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) attributed the drop in piracy incidents to increased presence of international naval vessels and cooperation between regional authorities. “The IMB commends the robust actions of the international navies and regional authorities in the Gulf of Guinea which appear to have positively contributed to the drop in reported incidents and ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 09 – 15 Jan 2022

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

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The Government of Seychelles condemns pirate attacks off the coast of Hodeidah

Seychelles has long been at the forefront of the fight against piracy in the Western Indian Ocean, and therefore, we are deeply disturbed by the recent attacks on the UAE-flagged vessel in the Red Sea. The Government of Seychelles condemns in the strongest terms the recent pirate attacks on the civilian cargo vessel RWABEE off the coast of Hodeidah. In addition to the grave threats to freedom of maritime navigation and international trade, such blatant acts jeopardise regional security and place the protection of the region’s citizens at risk. In ...

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Caution urged despite lowest reported maritime piracy incidents since 1994

London and Kuala Lumpur, 13 January 2022 – Maritime piracy and armed robbery attacks reached the lowest recorded level since 1994, the annual piracy report of the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB), published today, reveals. IMB attributes the drop in incidents to vigorous action taken by authorities but has called for continued coordination and vigilance to ensure the long-term protection of seafarers. IMB Director Michael Howlett said: “While the overall reduction in globally reported incidents is welcomed the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre urges coastal states to acknowledge the inherent risk ...

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Denmark frees suspected pirates in dinghy in Gulf of Guinea

Three suspected pirates who were detained for six weeks on a Danish warship off West Africa’s coast have been released at sea in a small dinghy. The three were captured in November after a fatal exchange of fire in the Gulf of Guinea. The Danish Armed Forces said they had failed to find a country in the region which would take the alleged pirates. So the decision was taken to release the men near Nigerian waters, with enough food and fuel to get to shore. According to Danish authorities, a ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 02 – 08 Jan 2022

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

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