Search for ONGC Offshore Helicopter Crew Continues
The Indian Navy has widened its search operations for the missing crew members of the Pawan Hans helicopter (C/s VT-PWA) which crashed off the Mumbai coast on Saturday. The helicopter with seven people on-board, including five Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) officers and two pilots, crashed off the Mumbai coast minutes after it took off for the state-owned company’s oil installation in the Arabian sea on Saturday. According to NDTV report, on the third day of search in the high seas, the rescuers located the last remaining body - of the missing pilot.
Indian Navy Plane Thwarts Pirate Attack
The Indian Navy, with the help of its long-range anti-submarine warfare aircraft, has thwarted a "piracy" attempt in the Western Arabian Sea, 800 nautical miles off Mumbai, targeted at a merchant vessel. According to a report in the Times of India, the P-8I, based at the naval air station INS Rajali at Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu, was on a routine surveillance mission over the Arabian Sea when it received distress calls from the merchant vessel, the Malta-flagged MV Sezai Selah, on the international Channel 16 distress radio on April 15.
Pirates Low Profile in Monsoon Season
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). 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. There have been no significant changes over last week in this region.
NIMA Issues Military Operations Advisory
The U.S. National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) issued a Special Advisory stating that coalition naval forces are conducting military operations in waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Arabian Gulf. All vessels in these waters are urged to keep a safe distance away from military vessels and to clearly identify themselves so as to avoid the inadvertent use of force. Note use of the term military operations rather than military exercises. Source: HK Law
Indian Sub Collides with Ship
According to NDTV, an Indian Navy Submarine called Sindhughosh collided with a merchant navy ship in the Arabian Sea. The submarine was trying to surface in Arabian sea near 300 km north of Mumbai. Sindhughosh was on a routine fleet-level war game exercise when the collision occurred and slightly damaged its fin. There were about 60 crew members on board and apparently it made back to the base in Mumbai without any help. Its escape is termed miraculous since submarines normally sink on such occasions. Navy officials are unwilling to confirm or deny the incident. Source: NDTV
Pirates Board SuezMax Oil Tanker off Somalli Coast
Operators Dynacom Tanker Management report their motor tanker 'Smyrni' hijacked by pirates in the Arabian Sea At approximately 1115 UTC on 10 May, 2012, an oil tanker managed by Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd. was reported hijacked while it was transiting the Arabian Sea. The Liberian-flagged Tanker, the M/T SMYRNI, is carrying a cargo of 135,000 MT of crude oil. The operators say that no communications have been received from the ship since the ship was boarded. Dynacom Tanker Management's top priorities are the safe return of the ship and crew and the integrity of the cargo and they have notified all relevant authorities. This is the largest ship to be seized in over a year.
Maritime Intelligence Agency Counsels Against Pirate Complacency
Dryad Maritime predicts that, despite industry optimism of 2012, the end of the South West monsoon season will see the resumption of pirate attacks. Pirate operatives have awoken from their hibernation to venture forth from safe havens and launch long-range mothership-enabled pirate operations with the first confirmed attack in the Arabian Sea earlier this week. Dryad Maritime’s combination of monitoring and regular observation of environmental conditions has confirmed that, over recent weeks…
Tugboats Robbed in Arabian Sea
Pirates had a field day with mechanical and electrical equipment from two out-of-order tugboats that were anchored off the coast of the Arabian Sea near Manora Island. On Feb 24, the Docks Police registered an FIR against four masked men, who robbed the two tugboats. The police said that FIR No 36/06 was registered on the complaint of Ahsan Ali, who is a manager with Old Port (Pvt) Ltd, the company, which owns the tugboats. The Daily Times reported that Ali informed the police that the four men approached his company's boats in two separate vessels. They took the guards stationed at the tugboats hostage and loaded the stuff into their boats. The names of the tugboats are Jawa and Jawa Bosar. The pirates took away motors, some tools and copper and scrap.
OGDCL to Undertake Offshore Exploration in Arabian Sea
After successful onshore oil and gas exploration, the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) will soon undertake offshore oil and gas exploration in the Arabian Sea, Managing Director of the Company, Arshad Nasar recently indicated. For this purpose, an exploration license with government holdings and petroleum production sharing agreement with OGDCL has been signed by the government over a block covering an area of 1,492 square kilometres located in the Arabian Sea. In an interview, the MD said the company will invest an amount of $1.14m during the first two years of the initial term of the license. Nasar said the company has succeeded to spud 50 wells last year and is 100 percent owner in 28 exploration blocks.
Eye on the Navy
April 1, 2009, a landing craft air cushion from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 leaves a beach during an exercise near Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. ACU-5 is currently assigned to the USS Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group supporting Combined Task Force-151 (CTF-151), a multinational task force conducting counter-piracy operations to detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Red Sea. (US Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse B. Awalt/Released)
Navy Rescues 20 from Pirates
The Indian Navy and the Coast Guard reportedly intercepted a vessel used by Somali pirates, 200 miles off Kochi in the Arabian Sea, following a joint operation. They rescued 20 fishermen from Thailand and Myanmar, held hostage on board the vessel. They also rescued 15 pirates who jumped into the sea during the operation and took them into custody. The vessel, Prantalay, belonged to Thai fishermen. It was hijacked by the pirates in April 2010. (Source: The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
Eye on the Fleet
Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) perform an operational test on a 13-meter rigid hull inflatable boat in the Arabian Sea on Jan. 28, 2009. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Panter/Released)
Oman, Pakistan Sign Marine Border Agreement
Oman's Foreign Affairs Minister Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah and his Pakistani counterpart Abdul Sattar signed a maritime border agreement in the Omani capital last Monday. The border pact apparently demarcated around 146 nautical miles of territorial water. Oman and Pakistan both have shorelines on the Arabian Sea. Oman recently ratified a border pact outlining most of the Arab state's border with the United Arab Emirates.
S. Korea Pledges to Protect Ships from Piracy
According to a Jan. 17 report from Yonhap, South Korea condemned piracy and pledged to take better measures to protect its ships from the "unacceptable" act after Somali pirates were suspected of seizing a cargo ship over the weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 15, an 11,500-ton South Korean chemical freighter, the Samho Jewelry, was hijacked in the Arabian Sea as the ship was en route to Sri Lanka from the United Arab Emirates with 21 crew members aboard. (Source: Yonhap)
MV Irene SL Released by Pirates
The Very Large Crude Carrier MV Irene SL was released from pirate control on 7 April 2011. The Greek flagged and owned vessel was pirated on the 9 February, approximately 350 nautical miles South East of Muscat in the North Arabian Sea. The vessel and her crew of 25 are believed to be making for a safe port. The crew members are from Greek, Georgia and Philippines. According to the owner all the crew members are safe and in good health.
Indian Navy Thwarts Attack on Chinese Vessel
According to a report from The Times of India, the Indian Navy responded to a distress call from a Chinese merchant vessel, the Fucheng, under attack by pirates in the Arabian Sea around 450 nautical miles west off the Karwar coast on May 5. An Indian Navy Tupolev-142M naval patrol aircraft hovered near the Chinese vessel making the pirates flee. (Source: The Times of India)
US Senior Aircraft Carrier for Final Deployment
USS Enterprise sails out from Norfolk, Va. soon for final overseas deployment The 50-year-old flattop, built across the Hampton Roads waterway at Newport News Shipbuilding, will lead a carrier strike group eastward to conduct operations in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation — essentially, the Persian Gulf, north Arabian Sea and the Mediterranean.
NATO's Weekly Piracy Assessment
Overview of week of 22-28 December 2011. During the reporting period of 22-28 December 2011 pirate activity against vessels was low. One vessel was hijacked on 27 December approximately 50NM off the coast of Oman in the vicinity of 1818N 05736E. Details can be found in Alert 250. Masters are reminded that the threat of piracy is always present in the High Risk Area (HRA) and are advised to implement self-protection measures as recommended in Best Management Practices (BMP4). Prudent and timely application of BMP can make the important difference of being approached, attacked, or being pirated. On 22 December a suspicious approach by two skiffs was reported in the Central Arabian Sea in the vicinity of 1122N 06333E.
USCG Special Statement for Yachts, Somalia Piracy
The International Superyacht Society (ISS) received the following communication from CDR David G. McClellan, Chief, Prevention Operations Department, USCG Sector Miami. He has that this message be distributed to all mariners. This is critical information for persons either planning or knowing parties planning to sail in the area that transverses the seas off the Coast of Somalia in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea South to the Mozambique Channel and East to the coast of India. Per CDR McClellan, Internet release is authorized. 1. ON 18 FEB 11, A U.S. REGISTERED SAILING VESSEL WITH 4 US CITIZENS ON BOARD WAS HIJACKED BY SOMALI PIRATES IN THE ARABIAN SEA, 282NM SE OF SUR, OMAN. DURING NEGOTIATIONS FOR RELEASE OF THE VESSEL, THE 4 US CITIZENS ONBOARD WERE KILLED.
Coalition Leadership Meets Aboard John C. Stennis
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) conducts operations in the Arabian Sea. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is on regularly scheduled deployments in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO). MSO help set the conditions for security and stability, as well as aid counter-terrorism and security efforts to regional nations. U.S. Senior leaders from the French Navy Ship (FNS) Charles de Gaulle (R 91) arrived aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) March 16 to establish a foundation for further professional interaction and combined operations between the two navies. Commander Task Force 473 French Rear Adm. Xavier Magne and 15 other French officers from Charles de Gaulle met with their John C.
USS Ponce Crew Honored, Command Pins Unveiled
Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, Military Sealift Command, honored 89 members of USS Ponce's crew, presents new in-command pins. The ceremony held aboard Ponce, underway in the Arabian Sea, highlighting accomplishments associated with bringing Ponce into service and on station. Current and past members of Ponce's combined crew of MSC civil service mariners and U.S. Navy Sailors were recognized with a variety of awards and commendations recognizing their efforts to make the Navy's first Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) an operational reality.
Weekly Piracy Update from NATO
The increase of attacks within the past week is evidence that pirate activity can still take place during the South-West Monsoon and Masters should remain vigilant to this threat. On 18 Jun 2012 a merchant vessel was attacked by 3 skiffs at position 14 28 N 050 45 E. Each skiff had 5-6 persons on board. Small arms and Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) were used against the merchant vessel. Early morning 20 Jun 2012 a merchant vessel was attacked by 1 skiff with 5-6 persons aboard at position 20 50N 059 30E. The skiff fired upon the vessel with small arms at a distance of 1nm. Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) were also seen aboard the skiff. Due to the South-West monsoon between June and September, sea conditions in the HRA are expected to be generally unfavourable for small boats.
Australian Navy Seizes Drug Haul in Middle East
The crew of the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga have spent the Christmas season hard at work, spending nearly three days seizing almost eight tonnes of hashish and 69 kilograms of heroin from drug smugglers while conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea. Warramunga intercepted and boarded three suspect vessels between 27 and 29 December 2017, in an operation planned and coordinated by the Combined Maritime Forces’ Combined Task Force 150 which is currently commanded by Australia—supported by a combined Australian-Canadian staff.