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Pirate Activity in the Red Sea/Eritrea Area

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Further to our previous media releases detailing a potential new trend in pirate tactics in an area of the Red Sea off Eritrea (see Figure 1), Neptune Maritime Security has had the opportunity to examine the available data through our Intelligence Bank, including material supplied by intelligence sources, and presents the following report to interested parties. In July, pirate activity off Eritrea was limited to small numbers of pirates mounting similarly small-scale attacks on shipping. For example, on July 20th, an oil tanker, Front Pride, was attacked by a single skiff containing six pirates while underway in position 13:27N-042:39E, approximately 27nm NW off Assab, Eritrea. Pirates fired an RPG at the vessel, but the armed security team onboard returned fire and the pirates aborted the attack. Then, on July 21st, a cargo vessel was fired upon by a single skiff containing six pirates while underway in position 13:29N 042:26E, approximately 30nm off Assab. The location of this second attempted hijacking is just 3.5nm from the scene of the incident on the previous day and it is highly likely that this was the same pirate group. On this occasion, the attempt was again deterred by armed security personnel onboard the cargo vessel. This incident occurred some 48nm away from the first ‘swarm’ attack on August 7th (see Figure 2, Attack 1), but without further intelligence


IMB Warns Of Rampant Piracy In Indonesian Waters

Pirate attacks more than doubled in Indonesia in the first nine months of 1999, prompting the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) to warn mariners to take urgent precautions in Indonesian waters. The number of actual and attempted pirate raids worldwide surged by more than 25 percent to 180 in the first three quarters of 1999, up from 143 in the same period in 1998, the IMB's Piracy Reporting Center in Malaysia's capital said in a report


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


Vietnamese Authorities Recapture Hijacked Tankship

The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) commends Vietnamese authorities for recapture of hijacked tankship taken to their waters. The Malaysian-owned tanker lost communication on 17 November 2012 whilst en route from Pasir Gudang to the port of Miri. Following an IMB alert, Vietnamese authorities were able to intercept the vessel and arrest 11 suspects on 22 November 2012. The vessel’s crew had been cast adrift the previous day and had been rescued by fishermen


Latest World-wide Piracy Review Released

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) advises vigilance though attacks decline.  IMB's latest quarterly report on 'Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships' recorded a total of 66 incidents worldwide in the first three months of 2013. This is down markedly from the 102 incidents reported for the corresponding period in 2012. In the first three months of 2013, four vessels were hijacked, 51 vessels were boarded


IMB Warns of West Africa Piracy Threat

Parate arrest: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

The ICC International Maritime Bureau is asking ships to be extra vigilant when transiting West Africa as piracy in the region becomes a growing concern. Since the beginning of the year, one vessel, MT Kerala, has been hijacked and six were boarded in West Africa. There was also one attempted attack. The hijacking of the Liberian-flag product tanker in January by Nigerian pirates has sparked fears these gangs are venturing further south


Allianz Piracy Study

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), an insurer of ships and cargo, has released a study suggesting its clients adapt their approach to marine insurance as the threat of piracy off the Horn of Africa continues to grow.  In addition, the study points out that crews entering dangerous waters must be prepared to handle an attack, and it calls for a more coordinated solution to the current wave of piracy.


EU NAVFOR Stops Suspected Pirates Again

EU NAVFOR warship Bremen. Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR.

Late afternoon of Sunday 20th of September, a Bulk Carrier reported an approach of a skiff while in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor in the Gulf of Aden. On board of the Bulk Carrier a unit of the Yemeni Navy was embarked. On sighting of these military personnel the skiff abandoned the approach and tried to flee as reported by the merchant vessel to the UK Maritime Trade Organization in Bahrain. UKMTO alerted other merchant vessels and the Counter Piracy Forces on Mercury


Piracy Attacks Reported in West Africa Waters

Pirates: Photo credit USN

Latest piracy report from Office of Naval Intelligence warns of West African attacks on merchant ships The Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) message from ONI provides information on threats to, and criminal action against, merchant vessels worldwide. The following attacks have recently taken place in West African waters: DEM.REP.CONGO: Refrigerated Cargo Ship boarded  while anchored in the E, Boma Anchorage


Suspects Apprehended in 2014's First Pirate Attack

Photo: EU NAVFOR

On January 18, 2014, the French EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta flagship FS Siroco in cooperation with Japanese assets released the crew of a Dhow that was suspected to have been used as pirate mother-ship. The flagship apprehended five suspected pirates believed to be responsible for an attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden a day earlier. The oil tanker issued a distress call to the UK Maritime Trade Operation (UKMTO) on the evening of Friday, January 17


Passage Planner Features Weather and Piracy Overlays

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Scottish maritime software development company Jargoon has announced its product Seall Passage Planner has been added with additional features which further enhance the versatile passage planning tool. The newly added features are focused on providing additional navigational data and information


Ashton Hosts Maritime Security Event

Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, hosted a meeting on Tuesday in Brussels at the European External Action Service, with a number of African countries, to examine maritime threats to Africa and to discuss areas


Pirates Raid Tanker off Malaysia, 3 Mariners Taken

Armed pirates raided an oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia and took three crew members with them, Malaysian maritime officials said on Wednesday, underscoring increasing threats to shipping in one of the world's busiest waterways. The incident in the Malacca Strait


IMB: Piracy Falls to Lowest Level since 2007

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The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has revealed that piracy on the world’s seas is at its lowest first-quarter level since 2007, but warns that the threat is still present. The latest IMB Piracy Report, published today


Martek: ECDIS Overlays Cover Most Nav Variables

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Martek Marine claims that its recently launched iECDIS offers the most comprehensive chart overlay options on the market.
 The company explains that chart overlays are an excellent decision support tool that provide a more holistic representation of available data


Piracy Shifts to Western Africa

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As international cooperation brings increasing pressure on more the traditional pirate trade in east Africa, there is mounting evidence that Western Africa, from Guinea-Bissau south to the Congo has become a new hotspot for the pirate trade.


Transas Adds Piracy Information Overlay

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Transas Marine has added a Piracy Information Overlay (PIO) to its Navigation product portfolio. The piracy overlay is integrated into the Transas FleetView Online SSAS-tracking software and Navi-Planner 4000 voyage planning software. The piracy data is provided by Bergen Risk Solutions and is


India Drops Anti-piracy Charges against Italian Marines

India has dropped a plan to prosecute two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen under a tough anti-piracy law, a government lawyer said on Monday, offering a chance to end a diplomatic row between the two countries.  


EU Shares Counter-piracy Knowledge with Tanzania

Atalanta and EUCAP Nestor hosted two training sessions for Tanzanian Maritime Police and Navy in Dar es Salaam to share knowledge and experiences in fight against piracy in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean region. (EU NAVFOR Photo)

On Monday, February 24, European Union counter-piracy operation Atalanta and EUCAP Nestor, the civilian-led Maritime Security Capacity building EU Mission, hosted two training sessions for Tanzanian Maritime Police and Navy in Dar es Salaam to share knowledge and experiences in fight against


Port2Port Maritime Security UKAS Certified

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Port2Port Maritime Security Ltd. has been awarded full certification / accreditation for ISO 28000: ISO/PAS 28007. Following a rigorous validation process, Port2Port is independently certified through MSS Global via the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS)


Allianz: Shipping Losses Decline but Risks Remain

Tim Donney, Global Head of Marine Risk Consulting.

Shipping losses decline, but emerging risks pose serious challenges to marine industry, according to Allianz study. 94 large ships lost worldwide in 2013, down 20% from last year. Total ship losses in continental U.S. hits all time low.


Spanish Vessel Joins Operation Atalanta

Photo: EU NAVFOR

EU Naval Force reported today that the Spanish Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), ESPS Relámpago joined its force to perform counter-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia. Contributing to Operation Atalanta, ESPS Relámpago is the new Spanish contribution in place of ESPS Tornado which


Japan Gives $1 Million to Gulf of Guinea Fund

The Government of Japan has made a contribution of $1 million (USD) to the IMO West and Central Africa Maritime Security Trust Fund, established by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu to implement maritime security projects in the Gulf of Guinea


Safer Seas: Ship Losses Continued to Fall in 2013

Total ship losses by region: Image courtesy of Allianz

The recently published annual review of trends and developments in shipping losses and safety – 'Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Safety and Shipping Review' – indicates that world-wide ship losses declined by 20% compared with 2012.


Pirate Activity Nil off Horn of Africa, Kidnappings in Gulf of Guinea

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In its latest 'Piracy Analysis and Warning Weekly Report' OPINTEL inform of two kidnappings from tugboats on the coast of Nigeria; zero incidents off the Horn of Africa. Details as follows: Horn of Africa - Piracy Events Pirate and maritime crime activity in East African waters is at low


 
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