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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.  


Rolls-Royce Outlines Visions for Autonomous Shipping

Remote controlled ship concepts (Image: Rolls-Royce)

A new whitepaper from the Rolls-Royce led Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) outlines the project’s vision of how remote and autonomous shipping will become a reality.    “This is happening. It’s not if, it’s when


Indonesian President to Assert Sovereignty in Islands Visit

The Indonesian president will travel to the Natuna Islands for the first time on Thursday to assert Indonesia's sovereignty, a senior official said, after China said earlier this week it had an "overlapping claim" over nearby waters.  


Maritime Security Experts Weigh in on West Africa

Risk Intelligence launches new service providing overview of operational and regulatory risks of privately contracted maritime security in West Africa   Maritime operations in West Africa are affected by threats from piracy and other maritime crime


Brazil AG Minister Opposes Proposed Farm Export Tax

Blairo Maggi (Photo: Agência Senado)

Brazil's Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Thursday before the Senate's Agriculture Committee that he would oppose a government proposal to tax farm exports as a way to cover a growing deficit in the country's social security program.  


India, Thailand Firm up Maritime Ties

Indian PM Narendra Modi With Thai PM Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: PIB

 India and Thailand are set to firm up cooperation to combat terrorism, and boost maritime security, defence ties and trade during Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha’s maiden visit to India, reports PTI.   Prayut has earlier said that maritime security cooperation in


Bulgaria Will Not Join Any NATO Black Sea Fleet After Russian Warning

Bulgaria's prime minister said on Thursday he would not join a proposed NATO fleet meant to counter Russian forces in the Black Sea as he did not want a war there, a day after Moscow warned against any build-up.   Boiko Borisov said he did not want to see frigates sailing past the tourist


NATO Accelerates Military Buildup in Black Sea

Photo: NATO

 The NATO buildup in the Black Sea is part of the alliance's strategy to expand its military presence along Russia's borders. The move would destabilize the situation in the region, says a report in Sputnik.   Russian state media reported earlier this month that the USS Porter, a U.S


NYK Selected “Competitive IT Strategy Company”

leftmost in second row, Hidetoshi Maruyama, Director, Senior Managing Corporate Officer of NYK Photo NYK

The NYK Group has been selected by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) as a “Competitive IT Strategy Company” for 2016. NYK is the first company in the maritime industry to receive this award


US Says It Will Stay in Black Sea despite Russian Warning

USS Mason (DDG 87) (U.S. Navy photo by Casey J. Hopkins)

The United States will maintain its presence in the Black Sea despite a Russian warning that a U.S. destroyer patrolling there undermined regional security, the U.S. Navy Secretary said.   The USS Porter entered the Black Sea this month, drawing heavy criticism from Moscow


IMB: Beware Commercial Impact of Cyber Attacks

Courtesy ICC

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is asking shipping and maritime companies to be vigilant to the potential commercial impact that cyber-attacks can cause. IMB says that cyber security is not only about trying to identify and to prevent systems on board ships from getting hacked or


IUMI Position Paper on the Offshore Safety Directive

Photo: European Space Agency (ESA)

 Neil Roberts, Manager, Marine and Aviation, Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA), United Kingdom, and International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) Ocean Hull Committee Secretary and Political Forum Liaison discuses  about the position paper published by IUMI.  


Southeast Asian Nations Designate Safe Shipping Corridor

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on Monday agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines. Nearly 20 Indonesian and Malaysian tugboat crew have been kidnapped by the Abu


EU Gives Med Mission Okay to Search for Libya-bound Arms

EU maritime mission gains more power to seize weapons; also says moves will help break migrant smuggling gangs. The European Union on Monday gave its naval force in the Mediterranean the authority to search suspicious vessels at sea in a bid to stop arms getting to Islamic State in Libya and to


Cooperation to Enhance Maritime Security in West and Central Africa

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Maritime security experts have met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (15-17 June) to share expertise on how cooperation on maritime surveillance monitoring and communication systems in the South Atlantic can benefit countries in west and central Africa.   


Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia Mull Joint Maritime Patrols

The Philippine Navy Turn-over Ceremonies at the PNP Headquarters, Naval Station. Photo: Philippine government

 Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines have agreed to conduct coordinated maritime patrols as part of a broader plan to tackle rising security challenges in the waters bordering the three countries, report local media.   This plan was sent in a joint statement following the






 
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