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IMCA Publishes Security, Emergency Guidance

Jane Bugler (Photo: IMCA)

The threat to maritime security from piracy, terrorism, criminal acts, and hostage and kidnapping threats continues to pose challenges to ships’ owners, masters and crew members, and has resulted in  the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) (Booth S16 at OTC) publishing ‘Security Measures and Emergency Response Guidance’ (IMCA SEL 037, IMCA M 226). “Safety is of paramount importance, and our document aims to provide guidance to masters, company and ship security officers and other crew members and staff, on security measures and emergencies onboard vessels when underway, at anchor or alongside in their own or another country, and also for staff in shore side offices,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler. “It is intended to reinforce and support existing company and vessel security procedures or provide a framework around which these can be developed where they are not yet in place, such as for new build vessels. “This is in line with IMCA strategic goals of promoting the tools and information to help members undertake all aspects of risk management across all areas of their operations. The guidance is based on a ‘layered defence’ philosophy which embraces the concept of using a number of different but collaborative and co-ordinated security measures to deal with security threats proportionately and effectively


Oxberry Risk Maritime Continues to Expand Services

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Oxberry Risk Maritime continues to expand its maritime security and anti-piracy services. Oxberry Risk Maritime believes that identification and management of risk is a vital aspect of modern maritime business. Dynamic growth in an ever expanding market requires dynamic solutions to meet and exceed expectations. Oxberry Risk Maritime is responding to the demands of maritime and shipping sector organisations through the delivery of comprehensive maritime security and anti-piracy services


CG Issues Maritime Security Directive 104-6

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a maritime security directive May 11 in response to the rise in piracy in the waters of the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa and in light of recent pirate attacks on U.S. flagged vessels. Maritime Security Directive 104-6 (rev. 2) issued by the Coast Guard under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2004 provides the maritime industry with specific, risk-based measures to take to deter, detect or disrupt piracy


Piracy Cost & Solutions on Agenda at Upcoming Capetown Summit

Pirate photo courtesy of EUNAVFOR

Some 600 maritime and naval experts are to meet in Cape Town from 25-27 November, 2013, to discuss the price of piracy in Africa and the institutional and technical solutions available during the annual Maritime & Coastal Security Africa conference and exhibition. It is the largest maritime defence and security event on the continent, say the organisers. What does poor maritime security cost each year? Piracy off the Horn Of Africa costs the industry approximately $7-$12 billion


Risk Intelligence & Pole Star Form Strategic Partnership

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Risk Intelligence, a security and piracy intelligence specialist, have announced their strategic partnership with Pole Star Space Applications, a leading provider of realtime asset tracking and monitoring solutions. The companies are working to integrate several solutions, allowing mutual customers to combine the benefits of realtime fleet information with the latest intelligence on piracy and security incidents around the world. The first product will be launched Q1 2014.


Piracy in Somalia Still Exists

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 The threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia looms large despite significant gains made against it, says Andrew McLaughlin, the Program Officer in charge of Global Maritime Security at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).   He told Xinhua that in Kenyan capital Nairobi that a fragile political, economic and security situation in Somalia could provide a fertile ground for piracy to thrive.   The last wave of Somalia piracy peaked in 2011 with 176 attacks


NI Launch New Maritime Security Handbook

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The Nautical Institute has launched Maritime Security handbook: coping with piracy, which focuses on the people who have to cope with piracy – seafarers, shore-based staff and those working in the maritime security industry. The book gives practical guidance on preparation and training before entering a high risk area, self-protection measures while within it and survival strategies if taken hostage. This includes the effective implementation of the industry’s Best Management


MAST Partners with Beazley Group

MAST (‘Maritime Asset Security and Training’), a leading security organization that provides specialist global security services for the maritime community, has partnered with Beazley Group to offer a tailored piracy insurance policy designed specifically for shipowners with vessels operating in the Gulf of Guinea. The specialist policy has been developed in response to an increase in attacks, kidnaps and ransom demands against commercial ship owners operating in the Gulf of


Anti-Piracy Efforts Must Address Root Causes

Piracy off Somalia’s coast is a symptom of wider problems ashore, and any strategy to tackle it must also deal with its root causes and strengthen regional capacity, the United Nations envoy to the country warned on Nov. 18. Briefing the Security Council, Special Representative Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah said piracy is “a highly profitable business – we therefore have to address it as a criminal activity with many tentacles in the region and around the world.”


Panama Maritime Authority Certifies IMSN¹s Anti-Piracy System, Belize to Evaluate

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The International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize will evaluate IMSN's Triton Shield APS aboard a Horizon Lines vessel. Panama Maritime Authority certifies the IMSN's system. Wellsburg, WV (Mar. 14, 2011)- With seafarers' safety and lives at risk, along with the billions of dollars maritime piracy costs the global economy every year, International Maritime Security Network (IMSN) has developed a solution to combat piracy with its Triton Shield Anti-Piracy System (APS)


Somali Regional Antipiracy Chief Says Sacked over Illegal Fishing Comments

The head of anti-piracy operations in the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia said he had been fired for speaking out about illegal fishing, which he claims could trigger a new outbreak of piracy in the Indian Ocean.   Pirates hijacked an oil tanker off Somalia last week


Singapore Supports ReCAAP ISC’s Roadmap for the Future

Governors and Representatives of Contracting Parties at the 11th ReCAAP ISC Governing Council Meeting. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 Singapore endorsed the roadmap and strategies to strengthen Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery (ReCAAP)  Information Sharing Centre (ISC) as a Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing on piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia by 2020. 


IMO Secretary-General Urges Vigilance after Tanker Hijack

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In the wake of the recent hijacking of tanker Aris 13 off Puntland, Somalia, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim urged the shipping industry to be vigilant and apply diligently IMO guidance and best management practices to avert possible piracy attacks.  


Pirates Demand Ransom for Tanker Seized off Somalia

Pirates off the coast of Somalia, who hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, are demanding a ransom for the release of the vessel, the EU Naval Force said.   The pirates seized the Comoros-flagged Aris 13 tanker on Monday


Somali Pirates Demand Ransom for Aris 13

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The EU anti-piracy operation in the Horn of Africa  region said that  Pirates are demanding a ransom for the release of the Comoros-flagged oil tanker Aris 13 seized off the coast of Somalia and the crew is being held captive, the AP reported.  


Somali Pirates Hijack First Ship since 2012

Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, Somali authorities said on Tuesday, the first time a commercial ship has been seized in the region since 2012.   Security forces have been sent to free the Aris 13, a regional police official said late on Tuesday.


Green Bay, Royal Thai Navy Kick Off Cobra Gold 2017

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Amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20), with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), officially kicked off Exercise Cobra Gold 2017 (CG 17) in Sattahip, Thailand, Feb. 14.   Cobra Gold is a Thailand/United States co-sponsored


Philippines: Japan Offers Anti-Piracy Help

Japan has offered to send patrol ships to deal with a growing piracy threat in the southern Philippine waters bordering Indonesia and Malaysia, a senior Philippine defence official said on Tuesday.   A surge in piracy off parts of the southern Philippines is forcing ship-owners to divert


Exercise Cutlass Express to Begin

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Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe and the United States, as well as several international organizations, will begin the sixth iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 31.


Shippers Avoid New "pirate hotspot" west of Philippines

file Image: Pirates off the coast of Somalia are intercepted and disarmed. (Credit: EUNAVFOR)

Piracy has surged in Sulu, Celebes Seas; waters part of route carrying iron ore to Asia.   A surge in piracy to the west of the Philippines is forcing shipowners to divert vessels through other waters, stoking their costs and extending the time it takes to transport goods such as Australian


Africa, Asia Join Efforts for Anti-Piracy Information Sharing

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 A meeting in Singapore (11-12 January) has seen African and Asian countries join efforts to promote greater networking and communications across anti-piracy contact points in the two continents.   Speaking at the meeting, International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Head of


Pirates Attacking Bigger Ships off Philippines

File Image: a piracy interdiction operation (Credit: IMB)

Attacks in waters east of Philippines shift to big ships; ReCAAP, security groups recommend avoiding Sulu and Celebes Seas.   Asian pirates are focusing more of their attacks on larger merchant ships near the Philippines, hoping for bigger ransom payments from kidnapping their crew


Maritime Piracy Agreement broadened to cover Illicit Activity

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An international agreement that has been instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden has seen its scope significantly broadened to cover other illicit maritime activities, including human trafficking and illegal


ReCAAP: Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia

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 For the period of 3 – 9 Jan 17, three attempted incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported to the ReCAAP ISC.  One of the incidents occurred on 23 November 2016, and was further verified by ReCAAP Focal Points.  


Maritime Piracy Drops But Kidnappings Rise

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 Sea piracy plunged to its lowest levels in 18 years in 2016, but kidnappings of crew members for ransom is escalating off west Africa and in the Sulu Seas near the Philippinessayd International Maritime Bureau (IMB).   The global maritime watchdog said  in its annual report that






 
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