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Maritime Security: More Work to be Done

Global maritime anti-terror laws introduced last year have broadly enhanced sea security, but many challenges lie ahead, a principal architect of the measures said in an interview, according to a Reuters report posted on www.btimes.com. James F. Wall, until 2004 chair of the UN International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) security arm responsible for drawing up the law, said merchant ships were generally more secure than the ports which still need more security. The International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) code, drawn up in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in the US, has been described as the toughest the industry has faced since World War II.


USS Taylor to Enter Black Sea

USS Taylor (Official U.S. Navy file photo)

The U.S. Navy reported that the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), homeported in Mayport, Fla., will enter the Black Sea April 22 to promote peace and stability in the region. The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law. Taylor's mission is to reassure NATO allies of the U.S. Navy's commitment to strengthen and improve interoperability while working toward mutual goals in the region.


USS Mahan Counterpiracy Ops

As part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) is cooperating with approximately 14 nations also operating in the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. CTF 151, a counterpiracy task force, was established to create a lawful maritime order and develop security in the maritime environment. “In our first two weeks on patrol, we have coordinated and deconflicted our efforts with a host of other navies,” said Cmdr


Sea Marshals Urges Ship Operators to Stay Vigilant

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The threat to maritime trade from Somali pirates continues, and ship operators should stay vigilant and adhere to best management practices, according to private maritime security company Sea Marshals Ltd, which counsels against complacency at this time. Latest security industry intelligence points to a likely upsurge in pirate attacks, particularly given recent releases of hijacked vessels and a reduction in attack success rates.


Exercise Sea Breeze 2013 Draws to a Close

Exercise Sea Breeze 2013, the 16th iteration of the largest annual multinational maritime exercise in the Black Sea, ended July 20, as representatives from the 14 participating partner nations gathered together for the exercise closing ceremony. Naval, air and land forces from participating countries worked together both ashore and at sea from July 8-20 to strengthen interoperability and to improve maritime security.


USS Vella Gulf Enters Black Sea

USS Vella Gulf (U.S. Navy photo by Lacordrick Wilson)

According to the U.S. Navy, its Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) will enter the Black Sea Friday, May 23, to promote peace and stability in the region. Vella Gulf's mission is to work with NATO allies toward mutual goals, demonstrating the United States' commitment to strengthening and improving interoperability in the region, the Navy said. The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and International Law


Russian Black Sea Fleet Voices Security Concern

Black Sea Fleet Sevastipol: Photo credit Rianovosti (Sergey Anashkevich)

Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet HQ worried new buiding may breach naval base security The Staff of the Russian Black Sea Fleet said it faces information safety problems over plans to build a hotel in the immediate vicinity of its headquarters. The construction of a high-rise hotel building within 50 meters from the Black Sea Fleet headquarters in the Ukrainian city of Sevastopol is due to begin this year. “The fleet’s command is seriously concerned over plans to build a hotel


Counter-piracy: Sea Marshalls to Set Up Cape Verde Base

To thwart escalating piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, Sea Marshalls gets license to use Cape Verde as base for ship security operations. The Government of Cape Verde earlier granted a licence to Cape Verde Maritime Security Services (CVMSS) allowing it exclusive rights to vet Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs) who want to use the island as a base for embarking and disembarking armed security teams. Sea Marshalls is the first company to obtain its approval.


EU Decides to Pool Maritime Surveillance Sources

Commissioner Maria Damanaki: Official photo

The European Commission informs it has taken a further step towards more effective and cost-efficient surveillance of European Seas. By bringing together surveillance data from civil and military authorities duplication of work can be avoided and savings of up to €400 million per year may be made. Increased cooperation and sharing of data would help cope more efficiently with real time events at sea such as accidents, pollution incidents, crime or security threats


China in Mind, Japan Seeks Maritime Ties with India

Image: Indian Navy

 apan has pitched for stronger maritime security cooperation with India, to counter an increasingly powerful China.  During his visit in India on Saturday Japan's foreign minister Fumio Kishida said that both nations should "proactively" assume responsibilities to ensure "open and stable seas" in the region. His comments are seen as an effort to contain China's growing assertiveness in South China Sea.  


Taiwan Maritime Negotiations with Japan

Okinotori, the southernmost point of Japanese territory. Photo: KYODO

 Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Minister David Lee said  that the government is slated to start maritime negotiations with Japan by late July in an effort to better protect Taiwan fishermen's rights on the high seas.   Taipei and Tokyo will kick off two-way talks by the end of


SCA Applauds Funding for New US Ships

The Senate Appropriations Committee this week acknowledged calls for increasing the Navy’s ship count, funding the construction of 10 new ships, as well as providing the U.S. Coast Guard funding for the acquisition of six total new ships.  


SAFE Boats Delivers First CIV for Air and Marine Operations

Photo: SAFE Boats International

SAFE Boats International (SBI), a manufacturer of aluminum boats located in Bremerton, Wash., has completed the first Coastal Interceptor Vessel (CIV) on contract from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO).  


Phoenix Express 2016 Concludes

Phoenix Express 2016 Concludes Photo USN

Maritime forces from North Africa, Europe, and the United States concluded exercise Phoenix Express 2016 with closing ceremonies in Souda Bay, Greece May 27. Phoenix Express, sponsored and facilitated by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), is designed to improve regional cooperation between partner


Four Patrol Boats Delivered in Nigeria

Photo: Damen

Four Damen SPa 1605 ballistic protected security patrol vessels have been delivered to C&I Leasing Plc, a player in the Nigerian offshore support vessel market. The patrol boats, which have already undergone sea-trials, will provide security patrol and escort services for LNG tankers calling


Hundreds Show Support for SUNY Maritime

More than 500 people attended SUNY Maritime College’s annual Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner to honor Tom Higgins, chief administrative officer of First Data, and astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly.   “Both of these men have achieved extraordinary heights,” said Rear Adm


India, US Meet for First Maritime Security Dialogue

Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Photo: Govt of India

 India and the U.S. held the first round of discussions under the recently-constituted maritime security dialogue between officials of Defence and External Affairs ministries and their U.S. counterparts.   Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs David Shear


Saab Develops Underwater Anti-IED Robot

Sea Wasp (Image: Saab)

Designed to combat below-the-surface terrorism, Sea Wasp is the latest generation remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from defense and security company Saab.   Presented at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Md


Hamburg Süd Reports Sustainably

Courtesy Hamburg Süd

Hamburg Süd is the first container shipping lines to publish its Sustainability Report in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Standard Disclosures (Core). Entitled “Setting standards and acting sustainably”


US, Malaysia Bolster Port Security Partnership

Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Gavilanes (Far Right/Light Blue Shirt), Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Beaudoin (Brown Shirt), Lt. Alejandro Collazo (Light Blue Shirt/Hand Gesture) and Mr. Tivo Romero (Aloha Shirt). (Photo courtesy Penang Port Sdn Bhd.)

A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team completed a bilateral engagement with Malaysian officials in April.   This engagement involved sharing best practices and visiting with the Ministry of Infrastructure Marine and Ports Division to observe the implementation of the


Vittoria Shipyard's Interceptor 43' at Seafuture

Photo: Franco Ortolani

Vittoria Shipyard, which specializes in the construction of paramilitary, commercial and passenger vessels of up to 100 meters, will in 2016 take part for the first time in Seafuture & Maritime Technologies, which is to be held at the Military Arsenal in La Spezia from May 24-27, 2016


NATO to Boost Effort to Stop Mediterranean Smugglers

NATO agreed on Thursday to broaden its operations in the Mediterranean to help the European Union stop criminals trafficking refugees from North Africa but will not act until the fate of rescued migrants is cleared up.   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a meeting of NATO foreign


ABS: Sharpening its Global View

(Photo: ABS)

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), already one of the world’s well-regarded classification societies, recently restructured its ranks to meet the perpetually evolving needs of its customers. Kirsi Tikka, the global head of marine, and Howard Fireman, CTO, explain.  


Japan, Canada Share "Serious Concerns" on South China Sea-PM Abe

Japan and Canada share "serious concerns" over reclamation and militarisation in the South China Sea, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday, in an apparent reference to China's maritime activity.   China and the United States have traded accusations of militarising


Outdated Systems Placing Vessels at Risk of Cyber-Attack

Image: Plymouth University

 Maritime vessels are under significant threat of cyber-attack because many are carrying outdated software and were not designed with cyber security in mind, according to new research.   But operators could easily mitigate against such dangers by updating security systems






 
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