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Pirates Low Profile in Monsoon Season

NATO Shipping Centre promulgates its latest weekly piracy assessment for the 'High Risk Area' During the reporting period 7 – 13, June 2012, the number of piracy incidents in the High Risk Area (HRA) has remained low, with no incidents reported. Due to the South-West monsoon between June and September, sea conditions in the HRA are expected to be generally unfavourable for small boats. Pirate Activity Groups (PAG) will likely continue to focus their limited efforts in the Northern Arabian Sea (NAS), Gulf of Oman (GOO) as well as in the Gulf of Aden (GOA) and South Red Sea (SRS). Southern Red Sea (SRS)/Bab Al Mandeb (BAM) / Gulf of Aden (GOA)/Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC): There have been no significant changes over the past week. Masters are advised that fishing activity is expected to continue and likely increase in this area over the next few months. Arabian Sea (AS)/Greater Somali Basin (SB)/Gulf of Oman (GOO)/Mozambique Channel (MC): There have been no significant changes over last week in this region.      


Three Sailors Die When Fishing Boat Sinks

Three Egyptian sailors died and four are missing at sea after their fishing boat sank in bad weather off the coast of Port Said, the state-owned Middle East News Agency (MENA) said. The deaths were the first casualties reported since Egypt closed five ports on the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday because of bad weather. The Red Sea ports of Suez, al-Adabiyah and al-Zaytiyah were shut after wind speeds rose to 27 knots and waves reached 2.5 m


NMIA Issues Worldwide Threat Advisory

The U.S. National Imagery and Mapping Agency


Photo: MV Motivator Released by Pirates

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

As reported earlier, the Product Tanker MV Motivator was released from pirate control earlier this week. The Marshall Islands flagged vessel, which was pirated on in the Southern Red Sea on 4 July and has a crew of 18 Filipino nationals, was released on the 16 January approximately 160 nautical miles South- West of the island of Socotra near to the coast of Somalia.  The EUNAVFOR warship FS Jacoubet and the helicopter TORO06 from SPS Canaria assisted the crew immediately after their


Middle East Workboats 2011 Returns to Abu Dhabi

Middle East Workboats 2011, the region’s main event for workboat operators, builders and equipment suppliers, returns to Abu Dhabi at a time when the maritime industry is rapidly accelerating in countries across the Gulf. Renewed growth across maritime and related sectors (including harbor and escort tug business, support and servicing along with coastal construction, energy exploration and production and others) underscores the importance of this event.


Survey Ship Discovers Red Sea 'Grand Canyon'

Image courtesy of MOD Navy

Naval survey ship 'HMS Enterprise' nets stunning images of a Grand Canyon-style ocean floor hidden deep under the Red Sea. Discovering the 250 metre deep canyon after leaving the Egyptian port of Safaga the ship used her sophisticated EM1002 Multibeam echo sounder to create the 3D images, allowing the ocean floor to be seen for the first time. Commanding Officer of HMS Enterprise, Commander Derek Rae, said: “These features could be the result of ancient rivers scouring through the


Ship Seizures Broaden Piracy Challenge

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Two ship seizures in the Indian Ocean in recent days appear to indicate that pirates have broadened their focus beyond the heavily patrolled Gulf of Aden. Pirates hijacked two chemical tankers: the Bahamian-flagged, Norwegian-owned vessel Bowasir March 25 and the Panamanian-flagged, Greek-owned Nipayia March 26, a Navy spokesman confirmed. Bowasir and its 23-member crew were operating more than 380 nautical miles southeast of Kismayo, Somalia


ART Marine Appoints Constantinou CEO

Photo courtesy ART Marine LLC

ART Marine, an Abraaj Capital portfolio company and the Middle East's largest importer and distributor of luxury motor-yachts, announced the appointment of a highly experienced CEO from the United States to drive its expansion in the region as demand for pleasure craft begins to recover. Demonstrating the Gulf's continued ability to attract some of the world's most talented professionals, Constantinos Constantinou joins Dubai-based ART Marine from Cobalt Yachts in Tenn


Sea Marshals Expands Operations Center

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Sea Marshals has expanded its UK Operations Centre and introduced the latest tracking technology to protect vessels under its protection.   The company has transferred its Operations Centre to larger premises in Cardiff to accommodate its growing team of security consultants. The unit is staffed year-round, 24 hours per day, seven days a week, by expert personnel, most with Naval or Army backgrounds and experience in planning and tracking.  


Don't Throw it Over the Wall ...

Annex V of the MARPOL Convention aims to eliminate and reduce the amount of garbage being dumped into the sea from ships.  Amendments to Annex V were adopted by resolution MEPC.201(62), which entered into force on 1 January 2013. The revised Annex V prohibits the discharge of all garbage into the sea, except as provided otherwise.  For example, Annex V totally prohibits of the disposal of plastics anywhere into the sea


Latest Piracy Analysis from OPINTEL

Piracy Horn of Africa incident map courtesy of OPINTEL

The latest US Maritime OPINTEL analysis and weekly report that follows covers the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Guinea.  Horn of Africa Area OMAN: On 6 March, three suspicious white skiffs approached a merchant vessel near position 22:27.1 N – 060:29


New CEO Showcases Marseilles Fos Initiatives

Christine Cabau Woehrel

Christine Cabau Woehrel has taken up her new role as CEO of the Marseilles Fos port authority after two years heading the Port of Dunkirk. She succeeds Jean-Claude Terrier following a French transport ministry nomination that was backed by the port’s supervisory board in February and has now


"Shock" incidents blight falling piracy rate

A UK maritime intelligence provider Dryad Maritime released its Q1 maritime crime figures which show an overall downturn in incidents across the Horn of Africa, the Gulf of Guinea and Southeast Asia since the same period last year. However, Dryad Maritime caution that ‘shock’ incidents


Australian Navy Assists French Fishing Vessel

Photo: Sarah Williams, RAN

While patrolling in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin provided emergency medical assistance for a heart attack victim on a French fishing vessel. The French Fishing Vessel (FV) Cape Saint Vincent called for assistance late on the night of April 10


HMAS Newcastle Steers for Home

HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Melbourne pass each other as Melbourne takes over from Newcastle as the Australian ship assigned to Operation SLIPPER. (Credit: LA Richard Close)

HMAS Newcastle has handed over security operations for Operation SLIPPER in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) in the Middle East to HMAS Melbourne. Newcastle has provided maritime security around the Horn of Africa, conducted counter-piracy and anti-smuggling operations in the Gulf


Recent Vessel Sales: September 2013

Reported – Vessel Name – DWT – Built(Age) - Price Millions USD Bulk Carriers 9/24/13 - BIRCH 2 - 20,427 - 98(15) - $2.8 9/9/13 - ORIENTE NOBLE - 23,522 - 96(17) - $5.5 9/16/13 - NEUMETAL VENTURE - 23,786 - 98(15) - $8 9/24/13 - VOGE FELIX - 24,279 - 97(16) - $6.1


Yachties Keep Out of Pirate Hi-Risk Area Warns EUNAVFOR

ISAF members visit: Photo courtesy of EUNAVFOR

If there was ever a good reason to heed naval forces’ warnings about the continuing threat from Somali piracy, then an attack on a super tanker is surely one of them. A fully laden super tanker was attacked by eight armed pirates recently, 230 miles off the Somali coast


USS Nimitz Transits Suez Northbound to Mediterranean

USS Nimitz: Photo courtesy of USN

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier 'USS Nimitz' (CVN 68) and her escort, guided-missile cruiser 'USS Monterey' (CG 61), which had earlier been operating in the Red Sea transit the Suez Canal. USS Nimitz will operate in the Mediterranean Sea and train with international partners before returning


“No one likes piracy.”

Egyptian forces are committed to making the canal safe and secure, in cooperation with our partners, said Vice Admiral Osama El-Gendy, Chief of Naval Forces for the Egyptian Navy in his keynote address to the delegates at OPV Middle East in Abu Dhabi, UAE. (IQPC photo)

Maritime security is built upon mutual cooperation, respect and 'responsibility to share' rather than 'need to know' Offshore Patrol Vessels Middle East 2013 delegates may share different perspectives, but agree on importance, responsibility of protecting global sea lanes for commerce


Today in U.S. Naval History: December 20

Admiral Ernest J. King (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 20 1822 - Congress authorizes the 14-ship West Indies Squadron to suppress piracy in the Caribbean. 1941 - Admiral Ernest J. King designated Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet in charge of all operating naval fleets and coastal frontier forces


Drum Cussac Protects Floating LNG Platform Journey

Photo courtesy Drum Cussac

The FSRU Toscana, the world’s first-ever floating Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) platform, has begun commercial operations off the coast of Italy, on schedule.  However, before the 288-meter container ship, turned floating LNG storage platform


CMA CGM Alters Sailings for Chinese New Year

Photo: CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group said it has decided to anticipate the reduced production during the Lunar New Year period in China starting on February 4, 2014, and to adjust its offer to meet reduced demand on its services out of China. To continue providing service and to maintain coverage of the range


Cargo Ship Mistakenly Thought Pirates Boarding

Arrested ship: Photo courtesy of the owners

Eritrean forces in the Red Sea have boarded a merchant vessel that was in their territorial waters in an incident the crew initially reported as a pirate attack, reports Reuters. It was not immediately clear why the forces boarded the ship, the MV Marzooqah


Yemen's Maarib Oil Pipeline Blown up Again

Reuters - Unidentified assailants blew up Yemen's Maarib oil pipeline on Monday night, halting crude flows to the Ras Isa oil terminal on the Red Sea, a local official said. The attack, in al-Damashqa area of the central oil-producing province of Maarib, caused a fire, the official said.


Asia-Middle East/India Cargo Growth Poor in Q4 2013: Analysts

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Cargo growth between Asia and the Middle East/Indian Subcontinent region was poor in 4Q 13, indicating that ocean carriers need to seek economies of scale and to look for more profitable ways of serving the trade lane, finds Drewry's latest Container Insight Weekly in a trade route analysis


 
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