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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

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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


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.  


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


WFP: Aid Cargo for Yemen will be Delivered After Ship Docks

The World Food Programme will deliver a cargo of Iranian aid for Yemen once the ship carrying it reaches Djibouti's port, the U.N agency said on Friday. Earlier this week Tehran agreed to an international inspection of the vessel, the Iran Shahed


Bahri Inks Contracts with Hyundai to Build 5 VLCCs

Picture: National Shipping Co. of Saudi Arabia (Bahri)

 The National Shipping Co. of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) signed contracts on Thursday with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) to build five very large crude carriers (VLCCs), with an option for additional five more vessels, the company said in a bourse statement.  


Bahri Orders VLCC Newbuilds

Bahri ordered five newbuild very large crude carriers from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries   The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) today signed an agreement with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) Co. Ltd. to build five very large crude carriers (VLCC)


Egypt Receives LNG Shipment from Australia

Woodside Rogers. Photo by Maran Gas Maritime Inc.

 Egypt received a cargo of liquefied natural gas from Australia after the exporter sent two shipments to the region in the past two years, signaling increasing demand, reports The Daily Star.   The Woodside Rogers tanker arrived at Egypt's Ain Sokhna terminal Thursday after loading at


Terrorists Will Exploit EU Migrant Crisis, ESC Warns

Photo: TORM A-S

ESC Global Security has called for the Mediterranean to be classed a maritime High Risk Area in the wake of the terrorist atrocities in Tunisia and Europe’s escalating migration crisis.   “There is a reasonable doubt that some refugees from these areas will be a threat to


Saudis Pump Out Diesel as Price War Looms

New Yanbu refinery powers Saudi fuel exports; Saudi exports more diesel end-July as peak Mideast demand over. The world's top crude oil exporter Saudi Arabia has turned itself into a major power of refined fuels, offering customers millions of barrels of diesel and potentially triggering a


Suez Canal Revenues at $5.4 billion

Image: Panama Canal Authority.

 Suez Canal revenues reached $5.4 billion in the fiscal year 2014-15, with a $3.7 million increase compared to the fiscal year 2013-14, says Cairo Post.   This year’s revenues are the highest in the history of the canal with a slight increase than the previous year.  


New Suez Canal Ready for Business

 Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chairman Mohab Mamish officially called on international maritime navigation lines to use the New Suez Canal, scheduled to be inaugurated August 6.   Dubbed the Suez Canal Axis, the new 72-kilometre (45-mile) section built by the Egyptian army is aimed at


CMA CGM Strengthens its Presence in Lebanon

Image: CMA CGM Group

 The CMA CGM Group upgrades its Lebanese service by adding a call in Beirut on its EPIC line, joining North Europe to Indian sub-continent, and on its MEX line, joining the Mediterranean to Asia.   "We are pleased to announce that starting July 27th the Port of Beirut will be


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


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






 
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