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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Preventive Strategies for Maritime Security

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The importance of well-coordinated, risk-based preventive strategies to counter maritime security threats was highlighted by International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Chris Trelawny, Special Adviser on Maritime Security and Facilitation, during a debate at the United Nations Security Council (13 February). The UN body, which has the responsibility for maintenance of international peace and security, adopted a resolution urging international collaboration to protect critical infrastructure from terrorist attacks.

Fincantieri, Ferretti Group join forces

Fincantieri and Ferretti Group today announced they have signed a wide-ranging co-operation agreement , with the aim of developing industrial and commercial synergies between the world's two leading Italian companies in their respective sectors. The announcement was made during the show IDEX-NAVDEX of Abu Dhabi , one of the most important international exhibitions dedicated to the defense and security sector. The MoU refers to both the defense and security sector and to the yacht building. In both sectors the skills and expertise of the two great Italian groups are complementary and synergistic and understanding of collaboration opens up many possible scenarios.

INS Sunayna Enters Abu Dhabi

Photo:  Indian Navy

The Indian Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel INS Sunayna, a state-of-the-art front line platform of the Indian Navy is on an Overseas Deployment to Abu Dhabi to participate in the International Defence Expo 2017 (IDEX 17) and Naval Defence and Maritime Security Exhibition 2017 (NAVDEX 17) in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). The ship entered Mina Zayad port, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 18th Feburary 2017. INS Sunayna will be participating in various events as part of IDEX 17…

Maritime Cook Islands Technical Department Reconstituted

Rachele Andreani Photo MCI

Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the international ship registry, hassignificantly enhanced its technical department with a series of senior appointments. The new department now has a much stronger presence in the key European market following the appointments of Paolo Favilli, Rachele Andreani, Brendan Smith and Andrea Emanuele Pippa. Brendan Smith is based in Rarotonga, Cook Islands,home of the flag while his three colleagues are based in Europe. The reconstituted department, consisting of experienced professionals with industry-relevant technical expertise…

Green Bay, Royal Thai Navy Kick Off Cobra Gold 2017

Photo: United States Navy

Amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20), with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), officially kicked off Exercise Cobra Gold 2017 (CG 17) in Sattahip, Thailand, Feb. 14. Cobra Gold is a Thailand/United States co-sponsored, combined task force and joint theater security cooperation exercise conducted annually in the Kingdom of Thailand. CG 17 will be held Feb. 14-24, with up to 29 nations participating. CG 17, in its 36th iteration, will address regional and global security challenges and will promote international cooperation and stability within the region.

GOST Debuts Security Technology at Miami Boat Show

All-in-one video recording system – GOST Watch HD XVR Photo GOST

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), a world leader in marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced today that it will highlight its newest marine products at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. GOST is located in Booth C368. “The Miami International Boat Show is always a great experience for us,” said Jay Keenan, president and CEO, GOST. “The show provides an incredible opportunity to meet with our customers and explain our latest innovations.

Greenpeace ship My Esperanza in West Africa

Image: Greenpeace

The Greenpeace ship My Esperanza has docked at the port of Praia in Cape Verde. For eleven weeks the Esperanza will sail the waters of six West Africa States - Cape Verde, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal to raise awareness on the state of fisheries through political events, public engagement and consultations with the West-African science community. The ship tour named “The West Africa tour of hope” will provide an opportunity to make these countries’ voice on protecting their own sea and marine resources heard internationally.

SSBN Launches Fleet Ballistic Missiles

Official U.S. Navy file photo of a Trident II D5 ballistic missile launch from an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine during a missile test at the Pacific Test Range. Photo US Navy

An Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine assigned to Submarine Group 9 completed a Follow-on Commander's Evaluation Test (FCET) Feb. 16, resulting in four successful test flights of Trident II D5 missiles. Designated FCET-53, the operation spanned a three-day period. The primary objective of an FCET is to obtain, under operationally representative conditions, valid reliability, accuracy, and performance of the missile system for use by Commander, Strategic Command and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Safety of the public was paramount throughout the mission.

HMM Acquires Four Terminals From Bankrupted Hanjin

Phto: Hyundai Merchant Marine

Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced that it has entered into a contract with Hanjin Shipping and Marine Terminals Investment Limited (MTIL) to acquire Hanjin Pacific Corporation’s 100% stake in terminals in Tokyo and Kaohsiung. Hanjin Pacific Corporation (HPC) which is owned by Hanjin Shipping (60%) and Marine Terminals Investment Limited (40%) operates terminals at ports in Japan (Tokyo) and Taiwan (Kaohsiung). Total acquisition price is about KRW 15 billion ($13.15 million) including a purchase and security deposit on the lease of the Tokyo port.

U.S. Navy Conducts Med Air Strikes

An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Black Lions" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213 launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). Photo: United States Navy

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) commenced strike missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) from the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 13. Carrier strike groups demonstrate the mobility, flexibility and power projection capability of the Navy's globally-deployed force - anytime, anywhere. The GHWBCSG operations in the eastern Mediterranean Sea in support of OIR demonstrate the capability of the U.S. Navy to conduct precision strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets from multiple theaters…

Lockheed Martin Backs UK Cyber-Training Initiative

The British arm of U.S. defence major Lockheed Martin said on Friday it would back a UK government initiative to train students in cyber security to combat a growing skills gap in the area. Through the UK government's CyberFirst initiative, Lockheed Martin will sponsor a number of students across a three-year period and provide them with work placements during their studies. "There's an emerging cyber skills gap and it's vital that this gap is addressed," said Peter Ruddock, chief executive of Lockheed Martin UK. Launched in May 2016, CyberFirst is a work-study programme in online security targeted at students who are about to start university or are in their first year and run by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Germany to Buy Six MKS Multi-Role Warships

Germany's Defence Ministry has decided to buy a total of six MKS-180 multi-role warships instead of four, as initially planned, a ministry spokesman said Monday, without providing a new cost estimate for the program. The ministry decided last October to delay a tender for four warships that was valued at 4 billion euros ($4.24 billion), to ensure that quality standards were met. A decision on the two extra warships had not been planned until 2030. The new ships, to be delivered from 2023, will be used for attacking targets on land and underwater, as well as providing aerial protection to other vessels. The three remaining teams bidding to build the new warships are Bremen-based privately owned shipyard Luerssen and Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems…

UKHO Publish World's First Security Paper Charts

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office's (UKHO) security charts are designed to protect against risks, including piracy. The two new Admiralty Maritime Security Charts, cover the waters around India and Southeast Asia, including the Malacca Straits. These paper charts provide a single point of reference for recording the most up-to-date security information and, taken together with the UKHO’s three existing security and piracy charts, create the world’s first suite of security planning charts. Admiralty Maritime Security Charts are designed to be used by ship personnel, shore-based managers and security specialists as a key voyage planning tool for recording the latest security-critical navigational information…

US Maritime Advisory System Established

The new U.S. Maritime Advisory System establishes a single federal process to expeditiously provide maritime threat information to maritime industry stakeholders, including vessels at sea. The system, which was created by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), in partnership with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Transportation and Homeland Security, the intelligence community and maritime industry stakeholders, establishes for the first time a single, whole-of-government maritime security notification mechanism. According to MARAD, the system represents the most significant update to the issuance of U.S. government maritime security alerts and advisories since 1939.

USCG Issues Port Security Guidelines

The U.S. Coast Guard issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 9-02 entitled Guidelines for Port Security Committees and Port Security Plans Required for U.S. Ports Building on its Maritime Homeland Security Mission, the Coast Guard Headquarters has advised its field units on how to structure the Port Security Committees and how to develop Port Security Plans. By February 28, 2003, each Captain of the Port (COTP) is to conduct a preliminary port level security assessment in conjunction with the Port Security Committee. The assessment will provide the basis for finalizing the Port Security Plan. Source: HK Law

Confused Seas

Navigating through U.S. By Dennis L. Holland & Knight, Washington, D.C. The U.S. Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) imposes various maritime security requirements on operating in waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. Maritime security regulations promulgated by the U.S. Coast Guard implement some (but not all) of the MTSA requirements and impose some additional requirements. In other words, Congress has imposed various requirements on the owners and operators of ships navigating waters of the United States and the U.S. Coast Guard has not provided full guidance on how to comply with those legislative mandates.

Training: Maritime Security Professional Training

Port facilities and Shipping companies are rushing to comply with new international and national maritime security requirements. The ISPS (International Ship and Port Security) and the U.S. maritime security requirements mandate security assessments, plans and training of security personnel. The Maritime Institute of Technology (MITAGS) and its satellite school, the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) offer training for port facility, shipping company and ship security officers. MITAGS/PMI is now offering training for Maritime Security Professionals.The ISPS Code, the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002 and in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) mandate training for port facility personnel with specific security duties.

10 Years After 9/11, Security Still a Top Priority of U.S. Ports

AAPA Concerned Federal Budget Cuts May Impact Port Security Progress. Port and industry leaders from throughout the Western Hemisphere will pause on Sunday, Sept. 11, as part of the 100th Annual Convention of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) in Seattle (Sept. 11-15), to remember those tragically lost in the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil 10 years ago. Among those lost were 84 industry colleagues from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who perished at the World Trade Center. In the decade since Sept. 11, 2001, America’s seaports and the federal government have joined forces to make major gains in fortifying and hardening port facilities against intruder attack.

Austal completes DDR for Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project

Austal’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project is on schedule, with Detailed Design Review completed on time and in accordance with the Construction of the 19 steel vessels is due to commence, on schedule Photo Austal

Austal has successfully completed the Detailed Design Review (DDR) for the A$306 million Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Project on time and in accordance with the contracted schedule. A key element of the Commonwealth’s continuous naval shipbuilding strategy, the PPB-R Project is contributing to the growth of Australia’s sovereign shipbuilding capability in the lead up to the Offshore Patrol Vessel and Future Frigate programs for the Royal Australian Navy, due to commence in 2018 and 2020, respectively.

Aussie Navy Trains to fight

Anzac-class frigate, HMAS Anzac (150) sailing through Cockburn Sound, Western Australia, as part of Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. Photo RAN

More than 17 ships and aircraft are descending on the Western Australian coast for one of the largest maritime warfare exercises held by the Royal Australian Navy. The inaugural Exercise Ocean Explorer will include international participants, adding the opportunity to practice war fighting with language, customs and technology differences. The Spanish Armada’s ESPS Cristobal Colon, New Zealand’s HMNZ Ships Te Kaha and Endeavour and, for a brief period, Italian frigate ITS Caribiniere will all integrate into the Australian scenarios.

Navies Training to Fight off the Western Australian Coast

Photo: Royal Australian Navy

More than 17 ships and aircraft are descending on the Western Australian coast for one of the largest maritime warfare exercises held by the Royal Australian Navy. The inaugural Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER will include some international participants, adding the opportunity to practice war fighting with language, customs and technology differences. The Spanish Armada’s ESPS Cristobal Colon, as well as New Zealand’s HMNZ Ships Te Kaha and Endeavour and, for a brief period, Italian frigate ITS Caribiniere will all integrate into the Australian scenarios.

Videotel Warns Shipowners Over Security Training Requirements

Videotel Marine International has advised shipowners to prepare themselves for the fundamental changes expected in ship security regulations. vessels. the vessel's formal security plan," says Len Holder, chairman of Videotel. their normal duties. trained ship security officer onboard. vessels. designed for training ship security officers. comes complete with on-screen assessment and testing capabilities. vessel. away from the messroom or computer. be difficult," says Chris Haughton, deputy managing director of Videotel. "But ship security is a major issue. flexible approach to training. due to be launched in early 2003. completing the training package.

DHS Provide Ports with $179M in Grants

As part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) commitment to enhancing security at our nation's key ports and facilities, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge has announced $179,025,900 million dollars in Port Security Grants. The Port Security Grant Program provides resources for security planning and projects to improve dockside and perimeter security which is vital to securing our critical national seaports. These new awards will contribute to important security upgrades like new patrol boats in the harbor, surveillance equipment and the construction of new command and control facilities. This grant program represents one layer of the Department of Homeland Security's system of defenses for our nation's ports that includes monitoring the people…

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