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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Piracy – Task Force Commander Confirms Djibouti Ties

FS Marne hosts Djibouti Representatives: Photo credit EU NAVFOR

The EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) French flag ship FS Marne visited Djibouti between Saturday 21 April and Friday 27 April. Whilst there the Task Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jean-Baptiste Dupuis and his staff met with representatives and authorities of the maritime world and various stakeholders in the fight against piracy. Located at the entrance to the Gulf of Aden and near the coast of Somalia, Djibouti is an important, strategic port in the fight against piracy. Its waters are a choke point for many merchant ships…

Spanish Warship Joins Maritime Piracy Fight

A Spanish warship ESPS Rayo will be deployed in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden for the next six months. ESPS Rayo is part of Spain's contribution to the European Union's fight against piracy. Spanish Navy warship, ESPS Rayo recently joined the EU Naval Force (EU Navfor) and will be deployed in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden for the next six months. The warship is part of Spain’s contribution to the European Union’s (EU) fight against piracy in the Horn of Africa. ESPS Rayo is a modern, multipurpose Oceanic Patrol Vessel (OPV), capable of accomplishing a wide range of operational tasks. Commissioned to the Spanish Navy in May 2012, the ship has a displacement of 2,500 tonnes, is 95m long and, for this counterpiracy mission, has a crew of 83 on board.

Maritime Security Top Priority for Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan in Facebook

Nigerian maritime industry has hailed President Goodluck Jonathan over what they called the "giant strides" he has made in the sector and lauded him for the steps it has taken to tackle the challenges. The Legal Adviser/General Secretary, MWN, Mr. Macjohnson Odey said parts of the achievements included human capacity development through the National Seafarer Development Program (NSDP) carried out by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), shipyard and dockyard, and satellite surveillance centre.

UN Security Council Resolution - Somalia

The United Nations Security Council adopted another resolution expressing grave concern regarding the situation in Somalia and “over the recent increase in acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea against vessels off the coast of Somalia”. No new action against piracy was authorized by this resolution.  Resolution 1844 (2008) (11/20/08). (Source: Holland & Knight)

EU NAVFOR Transports Pirate Suspects for Prosecution

Five men apprehended by FS Siroco are transferred to the Seychelles police with the aim to prosecute them for acts of piracy.

Suspect Pirates Apprehended by EU Naval Force Flagship Transferred To The Seychelles. On 29 January 2014, international collaboration in the fight against piracy resulted in the transfer of five men by the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta flagship, FS Siroco, to the Republic of Seychelles, with the aim of prosecuting them for acts of piracy. On Saturday 18 January, FS Siroco, in cooperation with Japanese assets in support of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF/CTF 151)…

Spanish Warship Joins EUNAVFOR Anti-piracy Fleet

Spanish Corvette Infanta Elena:Credit EUNAVFOR

ESPS INFANTA ELENA, a Descubierta class corvette, joins the EUNAVFOR operation ATALANTA against piracy ESPS INFANTA ELENA, commissioned into the Spanish Navy in April 1980 is a patrol ship of 1200 tonnes. The Spanish ship joins OP ATALANTA operations with the mission to protect vulnerable shipping and World Food Programme vessels, in addition to deterrence and disruption of piracy in the Somali Basin and Horn of Africa.

Somalia Anti-piracy Projects Approved by UN

The United Nations Trust Fund for the Fight against Piracy approves projects in support of anti-piracy efforts in Somalia & other affected States in the region. Other affected States in the region, include Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Maldives and the Seychelles. The announcement was made in New York by United Nations Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, who chaired the Board of the Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. “The dramatic decline in pirate attacks is clear evidence of years of hard work by United Nations Member States, international and regional organizations, and actors in the shipping industry,” said Mr. Zerihoun.

Nigeria FEC Okays Maritime Piracy Bill

Photo:  Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency

The Federal Executive Council of Nigeria approved the Suppression of Piracy and Maritime Offences Bill, reported TVC News. The approval was given at a meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The two bills will now be forwarded to the National Assembly for approval and passage. The bill is to ensure the protection of the maritime industry against Piracy. According to Business Day, the intention is to accord protection to the maritime…

Gulf of Guinea Antipiracy Guidelines Updated

The Round Table of international shipping industry associations has released an updated version of ‘Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for Protection Against Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Region.’ The Guidelines have been jointly developed by BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO. Piracy and armed robbery in the waters off West Africa has become an established criminal activity of very serious concern to the maritime sector. Incidents have recently occurred as far south as Angola and as far north as Sierra Leone. These attacks have become increasingly violent, often involving firearms, and cases of kidnapping for ransom have also become more common.

ReCAAP, OCIMF Sign Asian Anti-Piracy MoU

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre Executive Director Masafumi Kuroki (L) and OCIMF Director Andrew Cassels affirm shared interest and collaboration with MOU. Photo provided by ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre

The safety of navigation is vital to the safety, security and economic activities of all stakeholders traversing sea routes in Asia—the region with some of the busiest seas in the world. Recognising this shared interest, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre and Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on July 24, 2017 in London to boost the fight against piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.

Hiring Armed Guards Should be Left to Government

In the wake of an independent report recommending the Netherlands government to provide Dutch shipowners with better levels of protection against piracy, including the hiring of armed guards, Netherlands law firm AKD says that shipowners who directly hire armed personnel themselves could face criminal prosecution. The so-called De Wijckerslooth Committee report was designed to assess the desirability and possibility of deploying private sector armed security to help protect Dutch ships from the threat of attack by (mainly Somali) pirates. It recommends that the Dutch government moves towards a higher level of protection of its merchant fleet including, “if necessary”, the use of armed private security guards.

Oman Navy Affirms Counter-Piracy Involvement

EUNAVFOR/Oman Meeting: Photo courtesy of EUNAVFOR

During a port visit by EU Naval Force Flag Ship FS MARNE in Salalah (Oman), the EUNAVFOR Force Commander Rear Admiral Dupuis flew to Muscat to meet Omani maritime authorities. Discussions focused on the current positive developments in counter piracy and their possible reasons (30 attacks in early 2012 compared with 111 for the same period in 2011). The Omani authorities have reiterated their interest and involvement in the fight against piracy and more generally in monitoring their territorial waters.

Piracy Dropped Worldwide in First Quarter

Sea piracy worldwide dropped 28 percent in the first quarter of the year as attacks fell sharply in Somalia’s waters thanks to international naval patrols. Pirate attacks intensified, however, in Nigeria and Indonesia. The number of worldwide attacks from January to March dipped to 102 from 142 cases in the same period in 2011, according to the International Maritime Bureau’s piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur. It also said 11 vessels were hijacked and 212 crew members taken hostage, compared with 18 ships seized and 344 people taken hostage a year earlier. In Somalia, there were 43 attacks, including nine vessel hijackings, compared with 97 attacks a year ago. The agency attributed the decline to “disruptive actions and pre-emptive strikes” by navies in the region.

New Dual Use Piracy Barrier Launched

Guardian Greenwater

Guardian Maritime launched Guardian Greenwater, a new product that was developed to deal with the issue of greenwater on-board deck following turbulent weather conditions, but also serves as piracy barrier but . It will be fitted onboard a tanker next month, its first installation. David Stevens, Sales Director at Guardian Maritime says “Following several months of development and trials, we have designed a modification to the reverse of the unit which alleviates the issue of Greenwater by providing a drainage mechanism.

Intermanager Thanks Retiring President Alastair Evitt

retiring President Alastair Evitt.

InterManager members attending this year’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday (October 11) will thank retiring President Alastair Evitt for his work at the helm of the association over the past two years. During his Presidency Mr Evitt has represented InterManager on the world maritime stage, working on behalf of its members to ensure the views of the shipmanagement industry are heard and understood and to campaign for better treatment for seafarers. In particular he has been at the forefront of the international battle against piracy…

Navies Vow To Fight Piracy

In their fight against piracy in regional waters, the navies of both Singapore and Indonesia are intensifying patrols, Singapore's Shipping Times reported. Joint patrols between the Singapore and Indonesian navies are expected to take place over the next few months, especially in the piracy hot spots in the region, the paper said. The move was seen necessary as the increased patrols and precautions taken by the Malaysian counterparts are likely to drive more pirates into Singapore's and Indonesian's surrounding waters, it said. The Malaysian Maritime Police, which has adopted better communication equipment and faster patrol boats, has reported a drop in piracy attacks in Malaysia waters. - (Reuters)

Somali Relief Ship Escorted by EUNAVFOR Warships

MV Gigante: Photo credit EUNAVFOR

Operation Atalanta (EU NAVFOR) provided protection to MV Gigante, a ship chartered for AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) to bring supplies to the African Union peacekeeping force based in Mogadishu. The German frigate Bremen and the French frigate Guépratte took turns to carry out this mission, from the south Red Sea to Mogadishu. As with the World Food Programme vessels, protecting logistics for AMISOM is part of the mandated tasks of the EU Naval Force -  Operation Atalanta and is part of the Comprehensive Approach of the European Union in the fight against piracy.

EU, Seychelles Conduct Counter-Piracy Exercise

On Friday 10 January, the Seychelles Coast Guard, Air Force and Police Force, together with the EU Naval Force Somalia - Operation Atalanta and EUCAP Nestor, carried out a counter-­piracy exercise in the Seychelles. The exercise involved the boarding of a suspected pirate skiff that had attacked a local fishing boat. The 'pirates' were disarmed and taken into custody, along with evidence from the skiff. The Seychelles Coast Guard then handed over the pirates and evidence to the Police Force.

EU NAVFOR, Seychelles CG Prevent Piracy

On October 10 two French fishing vessels in position approximately 160 nm North of Seychelles reported being under attack by pirate skiffs. The attacks were unsuccessful. EU NAVFOR reacted immediately and launched the Luxembourg Maritime Patrol Aircraft stationed at the Seychelles to investigate the area of the incident. The EU NAVFOR Force Headquarters onboard EU NAVFOR Netherlands warship EVERTSEN contacted the Seychelles Coastguard, who had a patrol vessel operating 50nm from the incident. The EU NAVFOR Luxembourg Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) located the pirate skiffs, two fast attack skiffs and one mother skiff, close to the position of the earlier attack on the French fishing vessels. The MPA directed the Seychelles Coastguard to the scene.

Ships May Give Piracy-Prone Routes Wide Berth

According to a Dec. 30 report from Business Daily, the economic impact of piracy in the Gulf of Aden continue to hit East African region for the second year running, pushing up the cost of living significantly and robbing the region’s commodities’ competitiveness in the global markets. Business Daily reported that a section of shipping lines are contemplating more stringent deterrent measures to protect their vessels and crew against piracy. According to ship owners’ representatives in the country, some big liners are contemplating giving Mombasa and other affected ports a wide berth by dropping cargo destined for those ports at other strategic harbours. This means that shippers would have to pay twice for a single voyage. (Source: Business Daily)  

Dutch Warship Replenishes World Food Program Protection Ship

'MV Caroline Scan' Photo credit EUNAVFOR

EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Dutch frigate Van Amstel rendezvoused at sea with World Food Programme (WFP) chartered ship MV Caroline Scan to re-supply the Dutch protection team onboard – known as an Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment or AVPD . The Dutch AVPD, which consists of armed marines and a medical team,  protects the humanitarian food of the WFP as it transits the waters off the Somali coast. The AVPD sails under the flag of the European Union counter piracy mission – Operation Atalanta.

Somali Counter-piracy Cash from UK Government

UK Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt sets out funding, commits to continuing the fight against piracy & maritime insecurity. $1.135m of additional funding to the UNODC’s Post Trial Transfer Programme, to complete the construction of a new prison in Garowe, Puntland, to hold convicted pirates in facilities that meet international standards. A $100,000 project to tackle corruption in the Somali penal system. As UNODC continue the process of transferring pirates back to Somalia, we face the risk that convicted pirates may seek to secure early release by the paying bribes to prison staff. The project will extend existing anti-corruption awareness training from Garowe prison to all the prisons in Somalia holding piracy prisoners. A $240,000 project to develop the Somali coast guard.

Global Piracy Declines in First Nine Months of 2017

Graphics: International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) International Maritime Bureau's (IMB)

A total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017, according to the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime piracy. The flagship global report notes that, while piracy rates were down compared to the same period in 2016, there is continuing concern over attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and in South East Asia. The increase in attacks off the coast…

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