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UK Flagged M/V St. James Park Pirated

The M/V St James Park, a UK flagged ship, was pirated Dec. 29 while transiting the Internationally Recognized Transit Corridor (IRTC) through the Gulf of Aden. After receiving a signal from the M/V St James Park's Ship Security Alert System (SSAS), USS Chosin (CG 65), operating as the flagship to Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151), was able to confirm via bridge-to-bridge radio that pirates had taken control of the vessel. The M/V St James Park is the first vessel since July to be pirated in the IRTC. It has a crew of 26, including Filipinos, Russians, Georgians, Romanians, Bulgarians, Ukrainians, Polish, Indians and Turkish. There are no UK citizens on board. Coalition warships constantly patrol the IRTC shipping lanes, watching for signs of pirates and listening for warning calls from vessels concerned about any approaching boat. The warships in the area were not able to intervene in this attack as there were no warnings of the impending attack on the M/V St James Park. All ships transiting the IRTC are advised to follow a set of best practices issued by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). These measures are designed to inform merchant vessels of proven tactics to help prevent unauthorized boardings. Best practices include proactive lookouts, the use of deck lighting, netting, razor wire, electrical fencing, fire hoses, and surveillance and detection equipment


Merchant Vessel, U.S. Navy Ship Collide in Persian Gulf

The Kiribati-flagged merchant vessel M/V Rokya 1 and USS McCampbell (DDG 85) collided on March 25, approximately 30 miles southeast of the Iraqi coastline in the North Persian Gulf. Two U.S. Sailors received minor injuries as a result of the collision. Two crew members from Rokya 1 also received minor injuries and were treated on-scene by McCampbell’s independent duty corpsman. Rokya 1 and McCampbell, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer


Merchant Mariner Sentenced

Joseph A. Boevink (51) of Panama City, Fla., was sentenced by United States District Judge Thomas S. Zilly in Seattle to two months in custody, followed by up to 60 days in a halfway house, and two years of supervised release, for falsely claiming that he had never been convicted of a criminal offense on an application for Merchant Mariner license submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard in Seattle in January 2001. The U.S


Weekly Piracy Update from NATO

During the reporting period 14 to 20 June, 2012,  there have been two pirate attacks in the High Risk Area (HRA) The increase of attacks within the past week is evidence that pirate activity can still take place during the South-West Monsoon and Masters should remain vigilant to this threat. Southern Red Sea (SRS)/Bab Al Mandeb (BAM) / Gulf of Aden (GOA)/Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) On 18 Jun 2012 a merchant vessel was attacked by 3 skiffs at position 14 28 N 050


NATO Piracy Retrospect of Past Week

Image credit EUNAVFOR

During reporting period 28, June to 4, July 2012 one piracy attack disrupted in the Red Sea, in monsoon pirates operate closer inshore On 29 June 2012 a dhow Pirate Attack Group (PAG) was disrupted at position 14 02N 051 25E approximately 145nm North West of Socotra Island.  This is the same dhow which attacked a merchant vessel on 27 Jun at position 14 23N 054 38E.  Pictures supplied from the merchant vessel during this recent attack led to the rapid release of this pirated dhow.


Malta Shipping Register is World's 6th Largest

Picture: Transport Malta

Malta ship register becomes the sixth largest worldwide, remains largest in Europe. As at end of December 2014, the registered gross tonnage under the Merchant Shipping Act was 57.9 million gross tons with over 2,500 merchant vessels fly the Maltese flag. In 2013, Malta ranked in the seventh place. Transport Malta, the Authority responsible for the Malta Ship Register, has reported a strong and positive performance for 2014.  


Sunken Russian Ship Fined $6.3 Million for Pollution

An Iranian court fined the owner of a sunken Russian ship $6.3 million for polluting the marine environment, Reuters reported. Captain Sakharov, a Russian merchant vessel, sank 30 miles south of Lavan island in the Gulf in 1993, after leaked chemicals caused an explosion on board. The ship's cargo of chemicals heavily polluted Iran's territorial waters and caused widespread death of fish and other marine life.


Combined Maritime Forces Alert to Mariners

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Following a series of attacks off the eastern coast of Somalia, Combined Maritime Forces issued an updated special maritime advisory message. The message highlights several recent attacks that occurred hundreds of miles off the Somali coast and states that merchant mariners should be increasingly vigilant when operating in those waters. "We continue to highlight the importance of preparation by the merchant mariners and the maritime industry in this message," said Vice Adm


Broken-legged Sailor Evacuated to Oman Hospital

MV Anna Victoria: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

EU Naval Force Flagship, 'ITS San Giusto' provides urgent medical help for a merchant seaman off the Horn of Africa. The sailor, a crew member of Bahamas flagged merchant vessel MV Anna Victoria had broken both his legs following an accident at sea and the EU flagship, which was conducting counter-piracy patrols nearby, was able to respond quickly by sending her helicopter, with a medical team onboard. The medical team provided immediate first aid and pain relief


Maritime Piracy: Distinguishing Piracy vs. Robbery

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It is important to distinguish between armed robbery and piracy when reporting incidents in South East Asia waters says the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) which has commissioned a study to determine the scale of threat posed to seafarers in the area. The findings reveal that in the first quarter of this year the vast majority of incidents in this region fall under the category of armed robbery (which is within the territorial waters and under the jurisdiction of the sovereign state)


China Eyes Faster Arctic Routes Opened by Global Warming

China will encourage ships flying its flag to take the Northwest Passage via the Arctic Ocean, a route opened up by global warming, to cut travel times between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, a state-run newspaper said on Wednesday.  


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


Shipping Industry Flying On The Dragon’s Back

Graph: Clarksons Research

 As the many Greek players in the shipping industry know well, the legend of Icarus tells us the dangers of flying too high. Merchant vessel earnings eventually found their 2008 heights just as unsustainable, even as some talked of a “new paradigm”.  


Italian Ship Rescues 26 Migrants off Libya

Migrants and refugees at sea, Picture Marina MilitareAFP

An Italian merchant ship rescued 26 migrants off the coast of Libya in rough seas and others were feared missing, the Coast Guard said on Saturday. The Coast Guard received a call from a satellite telephone on Friday but no voice was heard


New Entry Criteria for vessels calling French Ports

Image: CMA CGM Group

 The French State has implemented new provisions regarding tax exemptions on commercial vessels of at least 15 meters in length, including yachts.    The provisions came into force on the 1st January 2016. These provisions can be found in the Official Bulletin of the Tax-Public


ABS, MARIC Sign Agreement

(PRESS RELEASE) ABS signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Marine Design & Research Institute of China (MARIC) to expand collaboration, focusing on operational efficiency and environmental performance in both the offshore and marine sectors


This Day In US Navy History - January 13

USS Fleming (DE 32) (Photo: Naval History & Heritage Command)

1865 - With 8,000 Union soldiers, Rear Adm. David Porter provides 59 warships and 2,000 Sailors and Marines to take Confederate Fort Fisher, N.C., after a 2-day assault.   1943 - PBY-5A aircraft from (VP-83) sink German submarine U-507 off Brazil


Southeast Asia Dominates Maritime Crime Globally

Image: Dryad Maritime

 Southeast Asia continues to dominate maritime crime incidents globally, with 236 reports of piracy and maritime crime instances occurring in the region since 1st January 2015, an increase of 10% compared to 2014, according to Dryad Maritime.  


Fincantieri Inks Shipbuilding Deals with Iran

Shipbuilding group Fincantieri said it has signed a number of framework agreements with some primary Iranian companies.   The preliminary understandings were reached in the presence of the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the President of Iran Hassan Rouhani on an official visit in Italy and


Bibby Tops IoM Ship Management

Mark Robertshaw

Bibby Ship Management is once again the largest representative for vessels flying the Isle of Man flag in providing representative services for 30% of vessel tonnage registered on the island. This compares with 25% in 2014, according to official statistics.  


Qatargas, Maersk, Shell in LNG Marine Fuel Partnership

Photo: Qatargas Operating Company Limited

 Three heavy weights have come together in the Middle East to promote LNG as marine fuel in the region - Qatargas, the Maersk Group and Royal Dutch Shell Plc signing a memorandum of understanding to explore future opportunities.  


Kongsberg Appoints New Managing Director

Leif Kristian Weum (left) is taking over the helm from Managing Director, Terje Dyhre (right). Photo by Kongsberg Maritime AS

 Leif Kristian Weum has been appointed to the position of Managing Director of the Kongsberg Maritime Sales and Service office in Athens, Greece.    Kongsberg Maritime Hellas SA is a key Sales & Customer Support office established to serve the significant number of Greek


Simrad ECDIS Earns South Korean Type Approval

Simrad MARIS900 ECDIS (Photo: Navico)

Navico’s list of approvals received from the Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute of South Korea has grown following type approval of the latest generation Simrad MARIS ECDIS900 Mk 5 and Mk 15 Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems


Virtual Exercise Addresses Unsafe Migration by Sea

Photo: USMRC

Thousands of migrants seeking refuge have lost their lives attempting to make their way across the Mediterranean Sea in overcrowded and unseaworthy boats. The United Nations estimates that as many as 850,000 refugees may attempt to make the trip between 2015 and 2016.  


This Day In Naval History: April 19

Program for the Commissioning Ceremony held of the USS The Sullivans DDG-68, held at Staten Island, New York on April 19, 1997.

1917 - The U.S. Naval Armed Guard crew on board SS Mongolia engages and damages a German U-boat, the first engagement against the enemy after declaration of war on April 6. 1920 - The first German submarine brought to the United States after World War I arrives at New York






 
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