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Piracy At Sea

Counter-Piracy Tugboat & Barge Guide

ReCAAP issue 'Tug Boats & Barge' guide to help owners, operators and crew stay safe from hijacking and piracy. The guide contains inputs and experience of tug boat owners, operators and masters whose vessels had been robbed or hijacked; and modus operandi of the robbers and hijackers.  In planning a passage, the guide highlights the responsibilities of the ship owner, ship master and crew at the various phases: the pre-sailing, sailing and post incident reporting/follow-up phases. In past four years (2008-2011), it was observed that more tug boats and barges had been targets of robbery and hijacking in certain locations of Asia. The inherent characteristics and activities of tug boats towing barges had made these vessels relatively more vulnerable, particularly the low freeboard, slow speed of a tug boat which on an average moving between 8-10 knots, small number of crew onboard a tug boat, and unmanned barges with cargoes and logistic items onboard. As the annual number of incidents involving tug boats boarded by pirates / robbers has shown an upward trend between 2009 and 2011, the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) and the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) also took the initiative to jointly produce a poster entitled “Guidelines for Tug Boats and Barges Against Piracy and Sea Robbery”

Security at Sea on Agenda at Upcoming SMM Hamburg

Image courtesy of SMM

At the forthcoming SMM maritime trade fair in Hamburg in September 2014 experts will present new security concepts for sea routes. Background Security at sea is improving: In recent months, pirate attacks on commercial ships have been repelled successfully with increasing frequency. One of the reasons is the EU-led Operation Atalanta providing military protection in the Gulf of Aden. Since 1, February 2009 commercial ships have been able to use a Transit Corridor established there

New Counter-Piracy Task Force


The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) established Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) Jan. 8 specifically for counter-piracy operations. Naval ships and assets from more than 20 nations comprise the Combined Maritime Forces. U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Terence "Terry" McKnight has been named the commander of the new task force which will be fully operational by the middle of January. The CMF created the Maritime Security Patrol Area (MSPA) in the Gulf of Aden in August of 2008 to support

UN Security Council Addresses Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Security Council. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The United Nations Security Council called for a comprehensive regional approach to combat the threat of piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea, and reiterated its call on Member States to prosecute perpetrators in accordance with international laws. “The Security Council expresses its deep concern at the reported number of incidents and level of violence of acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea, in the first half of 2013

Suspected Pirates Apprehended by EU NAVFOR

Photo: courtesy EU NAVFOR archive.

EU Naval Force Warship BNS Louise Marie Once Again Apprehends Suspect Pirates at Sea.     Just 12 days after EU Naval Force warship BNS Louise Marie apprehended five suspect pirates at sea off the Somali Coast, the Belgium frigate has once again located a suspect skiff - this time with three men on board.  The warship, which is operating as part of the European Union’s counter-piracy mission - Operation Atalanta

Mace Personal Defense Joins Piracy Battle

In an effort to combat the rapidly growing levels of piracy and armed robbery against ships around the world, Mace Personal Defense, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Mace Security International, Inc. (OTCQB: MACE) has formed an alliance with Shipboard Defense Systems, Inc. to develop The Shipboard Defense System, a defensive on-board system to repel pirates. The Shipboard Defense System is designed with 300 gallon pressurized tanks that include loop piping installed around a vessel allowing

Piracy Dropped to a 5-year Global Low in 2012

Piracy on the world's seas at a five-year low, with 297 ships attacked in 2012, compared with 439 in 2011, according to the ICC global piracy report. Extracts from the International Chamber of Commerces (ICC) –  International Maritime Bureau (IMB) annual report on piracy follow: Worldwide figures were brought down by a huge reduction in Somali piracy, though East and West Africa remain the worst hit areas, with 150 attacks in 2012.

Counter Piracy Group Meets at UN in New York

The United States joined more than 60 nations and international organizations at the United Nations in New York on March 21, 2011, for a meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.   In a communiqué following the meeting, the Contact Group called for a renewed international commitment to combating piracy, both at sea and on land in Somalia, through robust and integrated military, law enforcement, and development activities

NATO's Weekly Piracy Assessment

Overview of week of 22-28 December 2011.   During the reporting period of 22-28 December 2011 pirate activity against vessels was low. One vessel was hijacked on 27 December approximately 50NM off the coast of Oman in the vicinity of 1818N 05736E. Details can be found in Alert 250. Masters are reminded that the threat of piracy is always present in the High Risk Area (HRA) and are advised to implement self-protection measures as recommended in Best Management Practices (BMP4)

UN Security Council Resolution - Somalia

The United Nations Security Council adopted another resolution expressing grave concern regarding the situation in Somalia and “over the recent increase in acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea against vessels off the coast of Somalia”. No new action against piracy was authorized by this resolution.  Resolution 1844 (2008) (11/20/08). (Source: Holland & Knight)

Indonesian Parliament Okays Subs from Russia

Image: Russian Navy

 Indonesia signaled its intent to purchase two submarines from Russia to bolster its current fleet, reports the Jakarta Post.   The government's plan to purchase Kilo-class submarines from Russia has received support from the House of Representatives Commission I overseeing defence and

Infrared Systems Protect UK Navy Ships at Sea

HGH’s Spynel-S 3500 as seen above, top right on top of container, on the integrated, mobile C2S system from Qinetiq (Photo: HGH)

International manufacturer of panoramic infrared thermal imaging systems HGH Infrared Systems was selected by the British Navy to incorporate its Spynel-S 3500 into an integrated Compact Combat System (C2S) for situational awareness and ship-based protection against small fast inshore attack

SE Asia Accounts for More than Half of the World’s Piracy Attacks

Graph: International Maritime Bureau (IMB)

 At present more than half of the world’s piracy attacks are occurring in South East Asia, says he latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) incident report.   Piracy in the Gulf of Aden, which was the scourge of global shipping from 2011-14 has all but disappeared

HMAS Newcastle Returns with Seized Heroin

HMAS Newcastle

  HMAS Newcastle today returned triumphantly to Garden Island, Sydney, after seizing more than $1 billion in heroin in the Middle East region during her six-month Operation MANITOU deployment.   The ship’s company of 228 was welcomed back by Commodore Warfare

UK P&I Club's West Africa Piracy Guidance

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UK P&I Club provides practical guidance to Members in relation to piracy in West Africa. Stuart Edmonston, Head of Loss Prevention, says: “We have seen a sizable shift in pirate activity, from Somali to West Africa, and are witnessing an increase in incidents particularly offshore

Maritime Security Threats ‘Far from Eradicated’ -MAST

The need to regulate and police the maritime domain to tackle global threats is as pressing as ever, according to Phil Cable, CEO and cofounder of maritime security company MAST.    “The global threats faced by the maritime environment, whether it be terrorist, pirate

Security in the Indian Ocean Fragile -MAST

The security situation in the Indian Ocean could quickly change for the worse, according to maritime security company MAST.   Gerry Northwood OBE, COO of MAST, said, “For commercial shipping, the Indian Ocean is arguably the safest ocean on the planet

Dryad Maritime Risk Analysis, 'A Maritime Nation'

Dryad Maritime operations headquarters in Portsmouth

  Dryad Maritime have featured in a special programme ‘A Maritime Nation’ commissioned by the UK Chamber of Shipping, introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and produced by ITN Productions. The current affairs programme aired this week as part of London

Collective Effort Keeps Piracy at Bay, Risks Remain

Major General Martin Smith addresses senior shipping industry representatives earlier this week (Photo: Port2Port Maritime)

Though the maritime sector has seen a decline in Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, there is no room for complacency regarding the ongoing threat, says EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE.  

The Future of Maritime security

Photo: International Shipping Week

 Maritime crime and piracy have not disappeared, indeed without continued efforts from both the private and public sector, could well return, say the experts in at London International Shipping Week during BIMCO Breakfast Brief.  

Collective Efforts Helped Curtail Piracy Attacks


  Collective effort by maritime industry and naval forces keep pirate attacks suppressed: EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE   At a breakfast meeting earlier today with senior shipping industry representatives, the EU Naval Force Operation Commander

Danish Conference to Address Maritime Security

Piracy and armed robbery against ships, corruption and illegal trafficking are well-known maritime security challenges. Now it is time to find solutions.   On Tuesday, October 6, an international conference organized for the second year in a row by the Danish Shipowners’ Association

Seychelles to Join India-led Maritime Security Alliance

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the President of the Republic of Seychelles, James Alix Michel, witnessing the exchange of agreements, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi Photo: Press Information Bureau

 Seychelles  said that Indian ocean region "belongs" to countries sharing maritime boundaries and said it was "actively" considering participating in a security framework for the strategic area involving India, Sri Lanka and Maldives, says a report in TNN.  

Iranian Ship, Crew Escape Captivity off Somali Coast

An Iranian fishing vessel and its crew have escaped after being held captive for five months by Somali fishermen, maritime piracy experts said on Friday, but it was not clear how many crew members had escaped. Jaber, an Iranian fishing vessel believed to have up to 19 crew

Shippers Cannot Relax Their Guard in SE Asia -MAST

Following a spate of six attacks in the Singapore Straight over the weekend, maritime security provider MAST is calling for shipping companies to strengthen their approach to maritime security in South East Asia.   “Shipping companies need to look at Best Management Practices (BMP) 4

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