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USCG – Guidelines for Vessels Operating in High Risk Waters

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the availability of Maritime Security (MARSEC) Directive 104-06 providing guidelines for U.S. vessels operating in high risk waters. Because the Directive is designated Sensitive Security Information (SSI), it is not subject to general release. Rather, copies may be obtained from a USCG Captain of the Port (COTP) office by covered persons with a need to know. Owners and operators of vessels that may operate in areas where acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships are prevalent must include the performance standards listed in the MARSEC Directive in their vessel security plans. 71 Fed. Reg. 7054 source: HK Law


AdvanFort to Aid Voluntary USCG Amver Program

2012 photo of US Coast Guard Commandant Robert J. Papp, Jr. presenting AdvanFort President William H. Watson a plaque for service to the Amver program and Amver Logo

Maritime security company AdvanFort announced Wednesday that it has volunteered for service in the piracy-infested waters in and around the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean as part of the U.S. Coast Guard-coordinated Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (Amver), whose members assist any nearby vessel in distress. The AdvanFort fleet which has vessels strategically positioned in key sea lanes surrounding the High Risk Area (HRA)


China Joins CSI

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today announced that the People's Republic of China formally joined the Container Security Initiative (CSI). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and Mu Xinsheng, Commissioner of the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China, today signed a declaration of principles in Beijing, formally initiating joint efforts to target and pre-screen cargo containers shipped from the ports of Shanghai and


U.S. Customs Inspectors Deployed to Rotterdam

U.S. Customs Commissioner Robert C. Bonner announced the deployment of the first team of U.S. Customs officers reporting for duty at the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, as part of the Container Security Initiative (CSI). This is the first time in the 213-year history of the U.S. Customs Service that inspectors will be assigned outside of North America to target and screen cargo before being shipped to the United States. The Netherlands was first in Europe to sign an agreement with U.S


CRI, Veritas - Maritime Security Program

Corporate Risk International (CRI), a business intelligence and risk management firm, and Veritas International Consultants (VIC), a provider of maritime security services, have combined offerings to develop a security solution to current commercial maritime risks. "Tens of thousands of commercial and private vessels travel annually across hundreds of thousands of miles of open seas," said Richard Hildreth, Senior Vice President of Crisis Management at CRI.


South African Measures to Counter Spread of Ebola

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  South Africa's Department of Health has published a Cabinet decision with regards to measures to counter and control the potential spread of Ebola from West African countries where outbreaks have been reported. Cases of the disease have been reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, and recently an increase in the number of cases has been noted in the first three. The Department of Health has taken measures in South Africa to enhance surveillance


Y2K Worries Prompt Cargill To Avoid S. Africa

Cargill U.S.-based commodities giant Cargill Inc. has told South Africa it plans to avoid trading there from mid-December to mid-January because of worries over the country's preparations for the millennium bug, according to press reports. The group's South African subsidiary reportedly sent a letter to the Department of Agriculture in Pretoria, pointing to a "worst-case" assessment by a U.S. computer consultancy analyzing the risks of the bug.


Commission Urged to Mandate Marine

AMRIE (The Alliance of Maritime Regional Interests in Europe) will today present a series of recommendations aimed at improving levels of oil tanker safety in response to recent Commission proposals on the safety of the seaborne oil trade. The AMRIE Paper calls on the Commission to lead the way in introducing requirements for Black Boxes to be fitted in ALL existing cargo ships, going beyond the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) suggestion of new cargo ships only


President Bush Signs Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

President Bush signed into law the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2555). The Department of Homeland Security released a fact sheet providing a breakdown of how the total $37.6 billion appropriation is to be allocated. The President ensured that “We're better securing our borders and transportation systems while facilitating the flow of legitimate commerce. Our Container Security Initiative will allow for the screening of high-risk cargo at the world's largest ports and


VessEx Expands Anti-Piracy Service

Vessel Extractions, LLC, a worldwide ship recovery specialist, launched its Shiprotek service to protect ships from pirate attacks. VessEx protection teams, composed of former Special Forces personnel, ride with ships in high-risk waters to prevent pirates from boarding their clients' vessels and harming the crews. A VessEx Shiprotek team will board a client's vessel anywhere in the world, escort it through troubled areas, and disembark in its next safe port


PALFINGER Sells Offshore Crane Package to Aker Solutions

PALFINGER MARINE has sold a package of three travelling cranes and two foldable knuckle boom cranes to Aker Solutions for the use at the Mariner platform. The Mariner platform will be established at the Mariner field, which is located on the East Shetland Platform of the U.K. North Sea


UK Port of Liverpool Receives C-TPAT Accreditation

Distinguished visitors to Liverpool 2: Image courtesy of Peel Ports

Peel Ports operators of the Port of Liverpool, says it has been accredited by US Customs and Border Protection as a certified partner in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) programme. The accreditation system validates ‘best in class’ security and detection


Fight Piracy – Intelligently

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Technology and Experience Go Hand in Hand While global piracy is constantly changing, modern technology adapts to exploit the weaknesses in the pirates’ mode of operation. Intelligence gained from such technologies enables voyage planners and navigators to steer clear of harm – but


Ophir Makes Equatorial Guinea Gas Find

Vantage Titanium Explorer drillship

Ophir Energy plc announced that the Silenus East-1 well in Block R, Equatorial Guinea has resulted in a new gas discovery. The Silenus East-1 well was drilled by the Vantage Titanium Explorer drillship within the thrust belt area of Block R


Hijacking for Product Theft is Business as Usual in Southeast Asia

Well-established local criminal syndicate diversifying its targets rather than undertaking new operations says Denmark-based security advisory and intelligence company Risk Intelligence. The recent hijacking cases of coastal product tankers in Southeast Asia for the theft of their cargos


Report Makes Light Work of Heavy Weather

Photo courtesy of The Swedish Club

Modern weather routing techniques have made facing heavy weather considerably less hazardous for the modern mariner than for his forbears. However such techniques are not a panacea and a new report from The Swedish Club published today, Heavy Weather


Asian Gypsy Moth vessel inspection

Australia's Department of Agriculture will conduct its annual heightened surveillance regime to manage the risks posed by Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) on international vessels from 15 July to 31 October. In its Notice to Industry No.69/2014, the Department states that as in previous years


16 U.S. States at High Risk of Damaging Earthquakes -USGS

States affected by seismic activity

  Sixteen states are at high risk of damaging earthquakes over the next 50 years and certain areas of the United States face a higher threat of temblors than previously thought, a federal geological survey agency said. The findings come from updated earthquake hazard maps that were released


US Coast Guard Travelling Inspectors' Centenary

CG Travelling Inspector: Photo USCG/Marc Cruder

July 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the traveling inspection staff, originally created under the Steamboat Inspection Service. These travelers are highly experienced marine inspectors and investigators that help to measure the effectiveness of existing programs and policies.


Piracy Activity Drifts Towards Southeast Asia

Since 2010, there has been a steadily increasing trend of piracy attacks in Southeast Asia, according to a report released by UNITAR (UN Institute for Training and Research), with 150 separate incidents just from last year alone. After significant strides in reducing the number of hijackings near


North P&I Club Warns of Poor Newbuild Construction

The North P&I club has warned its members to check their new ships very carefully before accepting delivery. The club said in the latest issue of its loss prevention newsletter Signals that it has become aware of several of instances of potentially dangerous poor construction in the


Braemar SA Expands Offshore Technical Services

Braemar SA has recently expanded technical services to the offshore oil and gas industry with the addition of OCIMF certified OVID inspectors/master mariners. OVID is the OCIMF administered program and industry standard for monitoring the suitability and maintenance of vessels working in the


Protecting Crews During Disease Outbreak

Personal Protection Kit

Global maritime organizations have issued health guidance on the risks posed to ships’ crews calling in countries affected by the Ebola virus. International ship supplier, Hutton’s Group, is responding to requests for information and assistance from its maritime customers by


Reflex Marine, Fano Kran Partner

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Reflex Marine continues to expand its global network of Accredited Service Centers with its latest addition, Fano Kran-Service A/S (Fano Kran) located in Denmark. Reflex Marine is a company in marine transfer solutions to the offshore, marine and renewable industries and has largely


Info-X Invests in $5m Headquarter Expansion

Info-X Software Technology’s newly renovated headquarters in Gurgaon (Photo courtesy of Info-X Software Technology)

Transportation solutions provider capitalizes on outsourcing trend Info-X Software Technology, provider of software solutions and back-office support to U.S.-based transportation companies, introduced its newly renovated and expanded $5 million headquarter facility situated in Gurgaon






 
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