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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


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


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)

SmartWire-DT Achieves DNV GL Type Approval

Photo: Eaton

Eaton is expanding its product portfolio for the marine and shipbuilding industry with its SmartWire-DT technology, certified by DNV GL.    The power management company’s SmartWire-DT products have received type approval from the largest classification organization in the world

Corvus Energy to Power UK Hybrid Ferry

Corvus Energy Inc. has announced that Wärtsilä, provider of ship machinery, propulsion and maneuvering solutions, has selected Corvus Energy as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a new hybrid ferry being built for UK based Wightlink Ferries

Telenor Maritime Acquires Satpoint AB

Telenor Maritime has acquired SatPoint AB, a firm with a strong position in the Baltic Sea with more than 125 maritime broadband installations on ferries, merchant vessels, and floating accommodation units. The merger is dependent on approval from competition laws.  

Reduction in Maritime Crime across World’s Traditional ‘hot spots’ - Dryad

Maritime Crime Infographic for Q3 2016

The Gulf of Guinea, South East Asia and The Indian Ocean High Risk Area (HRA) have all seen a significant reduction of reported maritime crime throughout July, August and September of this year according to Q3 analysis released today by Dryad Maritime.

Foss Maritime Vessels Receive Safety Award

The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) has recognized 73 vessels of Foss Maritime and their subsidiary companies with the 2015 Jones F. Devlin award for outstanding safety records. The Jones F. Devlin Award is one of two award programs CSA has sponsored since 1968

Orca Energy ESS to Power Fish Farm Support Vessel

All Electric Fish Farm Support Vessel Photo Orca Energy

Grovfjord Mek. Verksted AS (GMV) has selected Corvus Energy as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a fish farm support vessel called GMV ZERO. GMV will utilize Corvus’ next generation Orca Energy ESS to support the vessel’s entire energy requirements

Newest Merchant Ship to Fly SA Flag at Port of Port Elizabeth

Hoisting of the South African flag. (Photo: Port of Port Elizabeth)

The Port of Port Elizabeth is home port of a third ship to be registered on the South African Ships Register. This marks another step in South Africa’s drive to become a recognized Maritime Nation in line with the government’s Operation Phakisa initiative which aims to unlock the

Energy Efficiency is Impacted by Choices Made Throughout a Vessel’s Lifecycle

Pic: Wärtsilä Corporation

 Investments in energy efficiency improvements offer cruise and ferry and merchant vessel operators an opportunity to reduce operating costs and emissions while building a more sustainable brand image, says Wärtsilä Corporation.  

Alaska Juris Sinks, 46 People Rescued

An Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew approaches the fishing vessel Alaska Juris to conduct a medevac of a fisherman from the vessel June 21, 2013, less than 100 miles southeast of Dutch Harbor. File Photo: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Kodiak

 The Fishing Company of Alaska, based in Renton, owns the  238-foot  Alaska Juris that started sinking in the Bering Sea shortly before noon on Tuesday, says a report in Seattle Times.   Forty-six crewmen from the Seattle-based fishing vessel Alaska Juris have been rescued

USS Carney Rescues 97 Migrants in Mediterranean

A visit, board, search and seizure team from the guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) approaches a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. navy photo by Chief Information Systems Technician Wesley R. Dickey)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) aided in the rescue of 97 migrants adrift in the Mediterranean Sea, July 29. Carney is forward deployed to Rota, Spain, and is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S

Kongsberg Wins EPCI Contract for New Ferry Builds

Kongsberg Maritime informs it has been awarded engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contracts worth more than NOK 160 million with the Glasgow based shipbuilder and marine fabricator Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL) for two new 100-meter ferries for Caledonian

Brexit, Britannia And The Waves

Table: Clarksons Research

 Clarksons Research's this week’s Analysis attempts to put the UK and the EU’s role in shipping in context.   This week, the Bank of England put into place its action plan following the UK referendum on 23rd June, which indicated the British population’s preference to

KONGSBERG Bags EPCI work for Two Caledonian Maritime Assets ferries


Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded Engineering, Procurement, Construction & Installation (EPCI) contracts with the Glasgow based shipbuilder and marine fabricator, Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited (FMEL). The contracts, worth more than NOK 160 Million

Thales to Take Key Role in 'Exercise Unmanned Warrior'

Photo: Thales

Thales is set to play a key role in a major U.K. Royal Navy exercise later this year to understand how unmanned systems might add real innovative operational capability in a military maritime environment.   Exercise Unmanned Warrior will bring together the Royal Navy and 40 organizations

This Day In Naval History: August 31

Utah (BB-31) at Brooklyn Navy Yard. (Photo: Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection)

1842 - Congress replaces the Board of Navy Commissioners, a group of senior officers who oversee naval technical affairs, with the five technical Bureaus, ancestors of the Systems Commands. One of the 1842 Bureaus, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, continues to serve under its original name.

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