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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 21 – 27 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

South East Asia Indonesia: Robbers steal ship’s properties at Samarinda 19 April Crew on board a bulk carrier anchored at Muara Berau Anchorage off Samarinda discovered that ship’s stores had been stolen from the forecastle during rounds at 0600 hrs local time. The forecastle padlock had been broken and the robbers are thought to have escaped via the anchor chain. PGI Analysis: Robberies are frequently reported at anchorages off Samarinda. Robberies typically occur overnight or in the early hours of the morning when robbers look to take advantage of reduced ...

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Spain eyes HQ of EU piracy mission amid Brexit planning

Spain looks set to take charge of the European Union’s anti-piracy operation off Somalia despite a challenge from Italy, as EU countries compete for the spoils from Britain’s departure from the bloc next year. With Brexit due in just 11 months, Spain wants to host the headquarters of the EUNAVFOR Atalanta operation at its southern port of Rota, where U.S. troops are also stationed. It would form part of a joint effort that would see France assume responsibility for a parallel civilian maritime surveillance facility based in Brest. Italy, which ...

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ReCAAP ISC and RSIS Co-organises Maritime Roundtable on “Single Reporting Centre” for Piracy and Sea Robbery

This is the first Maritime Roundtable co-organised by ReCAAP ISC and RSIS to discuss issues relating to the topic: “Is a Single Reporting Centre the Answer to Timely Reporting, and Prompt Response against Piracy and Sea Robbery?” The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) today co-organised a Maritime Roundtable co-moderated by Mr. Masafumi Kuroki, Executive Director of ReCAAP ISC and Amb. Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman of RSIS. ...

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EU naval force unaware of Red Sea tanker seizures after Saudi embassy report

The European Union naval force responsible for monitoring shipping around the Horn of Africa region is unaware of a tanker security situation off Yemen reported by the Saudi Embassy in Washington late Monday. “We have had no reports of any tankers being captured,” said a spokesperson for EU Navfor in an emailed statement. The Saudi embassy press release posted on its website claimed Houthi militias have been holding 19 ships carrying 200,000 mt of petroleum by-products hostage for over 26 days off the Port of Hodeida. Oil prices were flat ...

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Pirates Seize 12 Crew on Dutch Vessel Off Nigeria

Suspected pirates kidnapped 12 of 14 crew members on board Dutch cargo vessel FWN Rapide near the southern Nigerian city of Port Harcourt, Ships & Ports reported, citing vessel owner ForestWave Navigation BV. The incident occurred April 21 as the vessel was nearing Port Harcourt in Nigeria’s oil region, the online publication reported on its website Tuesday. The ship owner is working with domestic and international authorities to contact the missing crew and secure their return, while the two other members are safe, it said. Source: Bloomberg

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Sea marshals help keep maritime terror at bay

When a ship sails serenely into Singapore’s waters, it is hard to tell – from the outside – whether it has actually been taken over by pirates or terrorists. One way to find out is to physically board the ship. But whoever does so risks his life if the ship has really been hijacked. Welcome to the world of the Republic of Singapore Navy’s 180 Squadron, whose crew board sensitive vessels to make sure they have not been taken over. The sea marshals are “armed to the teeth”, said the ...

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UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 14 – 20 April 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

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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