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Bangladesh: Robbers board tanker at Chittagong Anchorage 12 April According to a late report, three robbers armed with a metal rod boarded a product tanker anchored in Chittagong Anchorage at 1035 hrs local time. Crew sighted the robbers, who had arrived at the tanker in a small boat, mustered and raised the alarm. A robber hit the watch keeper with the metal rod enabling him to steal ship’s properties before escaping. The incident was reported to the Bangladesh Coast Guard who dispatched a patrol boat to search the area. PGI ...

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Naval Dome Wins Intelligence Award For Its Maritime Cyber Protection System

Naval Dome’s Maritime Cyber Protection System (MCPS) received the renowned Marine Intelligence prize last night during the Marine Propulsion Awards and gala dinner. The annual technical awards, which this year took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, recognise innovations across a range of marine engineering and technology sectors. Awards were presented for best efficiency improvement technology, best emissions reducing technology, best innovation, best maritime intelligence innovation, and ship of the year. The Maritime Intelligence Award, sponsored by OSISoft, is bestowed on companies or individuals that have developed a product, system or ...

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Angola wants complementary strategies for maritime security

Angola considers it essential that African States develop complementary maritime strategies at the national, regional and continental levels for maritime space protection, risk prevention, threat identification, the definition of coordinated responses and legal accountability. The information was provided on Monday in Luanda by Angolan Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto at the official opening of the 1st postgraduate course in Law of the Sea, designed to train Angolan cadres on issues related to the maritime domain, in the economic, legal, political, technological security, among others. According to the official, effective cooperation, the ...

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Naval Dome To Secure Stamco Ship Management’s Car Carrier Fleet Against Cyber Intrusion

Maritime cyber security specialist Naval Dome has confirmed it has signed a contract with Piraeus-based Stamco Ship Management to install its maritime cyber defence system aboard 55 Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTC). Stamco Ship Management provides technical and commercial ship management services to various companies like NYK, MOL, K-Line, China Shipping, Höegh Autoliners, WWL, Eukor and Glovis. Commenting on the decision to protect its fleet from a cyber-attack, Fleet Manager, Stamco Ship Management, said: “Since our formation in 1997, our ethos has been to ensure our fleet operates safely ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 07 – 13 April 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 Security Maritime Report

East Africa and the Indian Ocean Yemen: Vessel fires warning shots at skiffs in Bab el Mandeb 8 April A vessel’s on board security team fired warning shots after three white-hulled skiffs, each with seven to eight persons on board, approached the ship in the Bab el Mandeb off Yemen at 1034 hrs local time. Weapons were sighted on two of the skiffs as they approached. The vessel attempted to contact a coalition war ship, although it received no answer during the incident. The shots were fired after crew mustered ...

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ReCAAP ISC Reports Halving of Piracy Incidents in Asia During the First Quarter of 2018

A total of 14 incidents (comprising nine actual incidents and five attempted incidents) were reported in Asia during January-March 2018 compared to 27 incidents (comprising 21 actual incidents and six attempted incidents) during the same period in 2017. This accounts for a 48% decrease in the number of incidents reported during January-March 2018 compared to January-March 2017. Of the 14 incidents reported during January-March 2018, one was an incident of piracy and 13 were incidents of armed robbery against ships. The improvement of the situation during January-March 2018 was due ...

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Pirate attacks worsen in Gulf of Guinea

A surge in armed attacks against ships around West Africa is pushing up global levels of piracy and armed robbery at sea, warns the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB). IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre recorded 66 incidents in the first quarter of 2018, up from 43 for the same period in 2017, and 37 in Q1 2016. Worldwide in the first three months of 2018, 100 crew were taken hostage and 14 kidnapped from their vessels. A total of 39 vessels were boarded, 11 fired upon and four ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 31 March – 06 April 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 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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