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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

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

Egyptian Vessel Sinks

Photo: Egyptian military spokesperson

 Taba, an Egyptian ferry, carrying passengers, cargo and trucks, sank in the Red Sea early on Sunday, according to state-owned news agency MENA.   The 6,600-gt Taba (built 1985) had capsized because the trucks on board the ship were parked mainly on one side, according to Abdel-Rehim Mostafa, spokesman for the Red Sea Ports Authority.   Nine people suffered minor injuries, but all 37 people on board, including 27 crew members, were saved.  

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

NMIA Issues Worldwide Threat Advisory

The U.S. National Imagery and Mapping Agency

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.

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

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.  

Ship Seizures Broaden Piracy Challenge


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

US Navy: Arab Coalition Slowing Aid Efforts in Yemen

Aid to Yemen is being slowed by a Saudi-led coalition which has warned commercial vessels to stay away from areas hit by fighting, a U.S. Navy report said. The Arab coalition, fighting to end control of much of Yemen by the Iran-allied Houthi movement

Yemeni Port Says First Ship in Weeks Arrives

Press release - Officials at Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeidah said the first ship to dock there in three weeks arrived on Tuesday, carrying desperately needed fuel, as Saudi Arabia denied it was obstructing aid supplies heading for Yemen by sea.

Security Advisory: Piracy – Revision of BMP4 High Risk Area


BIMCO says that the co-sponsors of BMP 4 have agreed to a revised definition of the High Risk Area. The High Risk Area is now defined as being bounded by: In the Red Sea: Latitude 15oN In the Gulf of Oman: Latitude 22oN Eastern limit: Longitude 065oE Southern limit: Latitude 5oS  

Yemeni Govt, Saudi-led Forces Retake Red Sea Strait

Loyalist Yemeni troops and Gulf Arab forces have seized the Mandab Strait connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden from Houthi fighters, reasserting control over the strategic sea lane, a government spokesman said on Thursday. Residents reported air strikes and shelling by warships in

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

Egypt to Buy French Warships Initially Built for Russia

France has agreed to sell two Mistral helicopter carriers to Egypt for 950 million euros ($1.06 billion) after their sale to Russia was canceled in August, French officials said on Wednesday. Cairo has sought to boost its military power in the face of a two-year insurgency based across the Suez

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

NYK's First RORO Terminal in S. Arabia

KAP RORO Terminal in Saudi Arabia

  NYK signed a joint-venture agreement with Ports Development Company (PDC)* to establish NYK’s first exclusive RORO terminal operating company at King Abdullah port (KAP)** on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia. This terminal named KAP RORO Terminal

Optimistic on VLCC Market

Graphic: Charles R. Weber

 Shipbroker Charles R. Weber is quite optimistic on the future prospects of the VLCC market for 2016 onwards.   The demand is expected to remain elevated with spot voyages generating around 940 bln ton-miles per quarter, on average, during 2016 – around 1

France Negotiating With Egypt over Helo Carriers

Two Mistrals were originally destined for Russia. France is in talks to sell two Mistral helicopter carriers to Egypt after their sale to Russia was cancelled earlier this month, two sources close to the matter said on Wednesday. Cairo has sought to boost its military power in the face of a

French Cruise Ship Sinks in Red Sea, Egypt

Photo: Marsa Alam Dot Com

 Nearly 40 tourists rescued  by Egyptian authorities as a passenger boat sinks in the Red Sea  near Marsa Alam  in southern Egypt.   The boat carrying 26 French tourists and 10 Egyptians hit coral reefs before it sank off the Red Sea coast - one of the most prominent

UN: Air Strikes on Yemen Port Could Worsen Aid Crisis

United Nations aid chief Stephen O'Brien said on Wednesday that air strikes by Saudi-led coalition airplanes on Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida were unacceptable and could worsen the country's humanitarian crisis.   Hodeida, controlled by Iranian-allied Houthi forces

Saudi-led Coalition Bombs Yemen's Hodeidah Port

Pic by Atlassian Confluence Community

 The Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida was seriously damaged and closed after the airstrikes of the Arab Coalition against Houthi, reports Reuters.   Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition hit Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeidah. The raids destroyed cranes and warehouses in the main entry

SCCT All Set for Suez Traffic Growth

The Suez Canal Container Terminal, part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, is increasing annual throughput capacity to 5.4 million TEUs, the largest in the Mediterranean

  The Suez Canal Container Terminal, located east of the northern entrance of the Suez Canal, at the convergence of the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe, is preparing for an even larger role in global trade as the expansion of the man-made waterway linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas

Southeast Asia Turns into a Piracy Hot Spot

Map, Graphics: Courtesy of the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre

 According to data from the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau, pirate attacks in Southeast Asia hit a 12-year high in the first six months of 2015.   Indonesia suffered 54 attacks, the highest tally since 2003

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