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Pirates Low Profile in Monsoon Season

NATO Shipping Centre promulgates its latest weekly piracy assessment for the 'High Risk Area' During the reporting period 7 – 13, June 2012, the number of piracy incidents in the High Risk Area (HRA) has remained low, with no incidents reported. Due to the South-West monsoon between June and September, sea conditions in the HRA are expected to be generally unfavourable for small boats. Pirate Activity Groups (PAG) will likely continue to focus their limited efforts in the Northern Arabian Sea (NAS), Gulf of Oman (GOO) as well as in the Gulf of Aden (GOA) and South Red Sea (SRS). Southern Red Sea (SRS)/Bab Al Mandeb (BAM) / Gulf of Aden (GOA)/Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC): There have been no significant changes over the past week. Masters are advised that fishing activity is expected to continue and likely increase in this area over the next few months. Arabian Sea (AS)/Greater Somali Basin (SB)/Gulf of Oman (GOO)/Mozambique Channel (MC): There have been no significant changes over last week in this region.      


Pirates Board SuezMax Oil Tanker off Somalli Coast

Operators Dynacom Tanker Management report their motor tanker 'Smyrni' hijacked by pirates in the Arabian Sea At approximately 1115 UTC on 10 May, 2012, an oil tanker managed by Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd. was reported hijacked while it was transiting the Arabian Sea. The Liberian-flagged Tanker, the M/T SMYRNI, is carrying a cargo of 135,000 MT of crude oil. The operators say that no communications have been received from the ship since the ship was boarded.


Indian Sub Collides with Ship

According to NDTV, an Indian Navy Submarine called Sindhughosh collided with a merchant navy ship in the Arabian Sea. The submarine was trying to surface in Arabian sea near 300 km north of Mumbai. Sindhughosh was on a routine fleet-level war game exercise when the collision occurred and slightly damaged its fin. There were about 60 crew members on board and apparently it made back to the base in Mumbai without any help.


Maritime Intelligence Agency Counsels Against Pirate Complacency

Dryad Operations Room:Photo credit Dryad Maritime

Dryad Maritime predicts that, despite industry optimism of 2012, the end of the South West monsoon season will see the resumption of pirate attacks. Pirate operatives have awoken from their hibernation to venture forth from safe havens and launch long-range mothership-enabled pirate operations with the first confirmed attack in the Arabian Sea earlier this week. Dryad Maritime’s combination of monitoring and regular observation of environmental conditions has confirmed that


Navy Rescues 20 from Pirates

The Indian Navy and the Coast Guard reportedly intercepted a vessel used by Somali pirates, 200 miles off Kochi in the Arabian Sea, following a joint operation. They rescued 20 fishermen from Thailand and Myanmar, held hostage on board the vessel. They also rescued 15 pirates who jumped into the sea during the operation and took them into custody. The vessel, Prantalay, belonged to Thai fishermen. It was hijacked by the pirates in April 2010.


NATO Chief Warns of Increasing Pirate Activity

Pirate attack skiffs (courtesy: NATO)

In the last few days the number of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia has increased highlighting the fact that now the monsoon is weakening, the pirates are once again ready to attack merchant ships transiting through the Indian Ocean.   MC Northwood's Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Hank Ort (NLD N) states, "in the last few years, it has been the case that come October when the South West monsoon weakens


This Day in Naval History - Oct. 4

From the Navy News Service 1821 - Lt. Robert F. Stockton sails from Boston for Africa to carry out orders to help stop the international slave trade. 1944 - Aircraft from USS Ranger (CV 4) sink five German ships and damage three others in Operation Leader, the only U.S. Navy carrier operation in northern European waters during World War II. 1952 - Task Force 77 aircraft encounter MIG-15 aircraft for the first time.


EU to Patrol for Somali Pirates Until end 2018

File Image (CREDIT: IMB)

The European Union's naval mission will keep patrolling for pirates off the coast of Somalia for another two years, to guard against any resurgence of attacks, the bloc said on Monday. The number of raids and kidnappings has fallen - though maritime officials have warned that the risk is still, underlined by two attempted attacks last month. NATO said last week it had ended its own mission off the Horn of Africa


MV Khaled Muhieddine K Pirated in the Arabian Sea

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

During the afternoon of 20 January, the bulk carrier MV Khaled Muhieddine K was pirated in the North Arabian Sea approximately 330 nautical miles South East of the Omani coastal port of Salalah.  The vessel is Togo flagged and Syrian owned and has a deadweight of 24,022 tonnes.  Authorities were made aware of the attack when the master reported being fired upon with small arms and seeing pirates on board.  All contact with the vessel was then lost


Northrop Grumman Awarded $42M Planning Contract

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a planning contract from the U.S. Navy valued at approximately $42 million that will facilitate continued preparations for the overhaul and refueling of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson scheduled for 2004. This contract is the first modification to one originally awarded in May 2001, bringing the total contract value to date to approximately $52 million


GNH to Expand Oerations in Northern UAE

 Gulf Navigation Holding (GNH) announces the initiation of studies for large expansion of its operations in the northern region of the United Arab Emirates consisting of a set of comprehensive maritime activities, (the GNH Northern Project), including ship building


US Navy Aids Stranded Iranian Mariners

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) render assistance to a distressed Iranian vessel. (U.S. Navy photo by Casey J. Hopkins)

The U.S. Navy’s Guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94), currently deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of maritime security operations, assisted three Iranian mariners in distress, November 18.   Nitze received notification from aircraft carrier USS Dwight D


Ships More at Risk After First Somali Pirate Attack in Years

File photo: Euronav

Merchant vessels sailing through busy shipping lanes between Somalia and Yemen may be underestimating the risk of piracy and terrorism following two attempted attacks last month, maritime officials say. More than 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil supplies pass through the Gulf of Aden and


Cable Ship Rescues 14 Fishermen near Mumbai

The crew deployed on the C.S. Dependable, a transoceanic cable ship from TE SubCom, rescued 14 fisherman in the Arabian Sea off the Maharashtra Coast near Mumbai, India.   Indian fishing boat FV Datta Sai sank on September 17 with 16 persons aboard


Salalah Port's Volume Surges

Salalah container berth

Container throughput at the Port of Salalah, part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, reached 1.584 million TEU* in the first half of 2016, representing a 29% increase over volume handled during the same period the year prior. The completion of a new deep-water General Cargo and


LNG Tanker En Route to Malta Leaves Singapore

Dr Muscat and Dr Mizzi (middle and second from right) at the tankers sailing-away ceremony. Photo: DOI

 The LNG tanker Armada LNG Mediterrana – or floating storage unit that will be permanently berthed at Marsaxlokk has finally left Singapore harbour, reports Malta Independent.    The ship is currently making 9 knots and is heading towards the port of Galle in Sri Lanka


Neptune Lines Appoints Agent in Arabian Gulf

Photo: ISS

Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has been appointed agent for Neptune Lines’ new Arabian Gulf short sea car transportation service in Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar.   As agents for Neptune Lines in these three countries


Somalia: IMB Warns Vessels to Remain Vigilant Despite Drop in Piracy

Pic: UN

 The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has warned foreign vessels to remain vigilant when sailing in the Horn of Africa, despite a lull in piracy incidents in the region.    The IMB stated that there had been no piracy incidents reported off the Somali coast between January and


Arabian Shipping at Risk of Al Qaeda Attack

Photo: Combined Maritime Forces (CMF)

 Al Qaeda's Yemen branch remains a powerful force and poses a growing risk to merchant ships in vital waterways nearby despite efforts by Yemeni government forces and their allies to push back the group, Reuters reports quoting a top officer in an international naval force.  


Indian Navy Plane Thwarts Pirate Attack

P-8I. Photo: Indian Navy

 The Indian Navy, with the help of its long-range anti-submarine warfare aircraft, has thwarted a "piracy" attempt in the Western Arabian Sea, 800 nautical miles off Mumbai, targeted at a merchant vessel.   According to a report in the Times of India, the P-8I


Somali Pirates on trial in Paris

Rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and other armaments lay on the deck of USS Cape St. George (CG 71) after being confiscated during an early-morning engagement with suspected pirates. Cape St. George and USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) were fired upon while preparing to board a suspect vessel operating in international waters off the coast of Somalia. One suspect was killed and 12 were taken into custody. Coalition forces conduct maritime security operations to ensure security and safety in international w

Seven Somali men accused of hijacking a French yacht in an assault in which its owner was killed and his wife abducted in the Arabian Sea four years ago appeared before a French court on Tuesday, all facing life sentences.   The men have not been charged with homicide


Salalah Port Inks Iran Deals

Oman's top port Salalah has signed trade agreements with key Iranian terminals in the latest efforts by the Gulf country to boost shipping ties with Tehran following the lifting of international sanctions.   Measures against Iran were lifted in January as part of a nuclear deal with world


Oman Port Targets Bigger Iran Shipping Ties

Oman aims to expand shipping and trade links with Iran and get ahead of rivals after the lifting of international sanctions on Tehran, leading port officials involved say.   Measures were lifted last month as part of a nuclear deal with world powers


Blast kills two Pakistani Coast Guards

Pakistani Coast Guard Photo PCG

  Two Pakistani coast guards were killed on Saturday when a bomb exploded under their vehicle, police officials said, in a town in the southwest which has been hit hard by years of separatist violence. The blast, which also injured three coast guards


Salalah Port Opens New Deep-water Terminal

Port of Salalah Opens New General Cargo and Liquid Bulk Terminal Courtesy Port of Salalah

  The Port of Salalah, a major Arab Gulf regional gateway port and transshipment hub on the Arabian Sea, has inaugurated a new deep-water General Cargo and Liquid Bulk Terminal, adding 20 million tons of dry cargo and six million tons of liquid bulk cargo annual handling capacity






 
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