Mappers Look to Chart World's Ocean Floor by 2030
Using data collected from underwater drones, merchant ships, fishing boats and even explorers, a new scientific project aims to map the ocean floor by 2030 and solve one of the world’s enduring mysteries.With 190 million square km (73 million square miles) of water - or about 93 percent of the world's oceans with a depth of over 200 meters (650 feet) - yet to be charted, the initiative is ambitious.Satinder Bindra, director of the Seabed 2030 project, said the work can be completed within the period and will shed light on everything from tsunami wave patterns to pollution…
Japan-EU Ties for Anti-Piracy
Japan and the European Union are strengthening antipiracy cooperation in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, helping an international mission to reduce the number of attacks by pirates on commercial vessels to just two in 2014 from 174 in 2011, Japan’s Jiji Press news agency reported. The first operation took place in January 2014 when EU naval forces and Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force (MSDF) troops teamed up to capture a pirate ship. MSDF destroyer Samidare initially received information about a commercial ship coming under attack in the Gulf of Aden.
MV Olib G Pirated in Gulf of Aden
Early on the morning of 8 September, the Merchant Vessel (MV) Olib G, flagged Malta, was pirated in the East part of the Gulf of Aden. After a report from a merchant vessel that a skiff was approaching MV Olib G, and after several unsuccessful attempts to make contact with the vessel, the USS Princeton warship of Task Force 151 launched its helicopter. The helicopter was able to identify two pirates on board MV Olib G. The MV Olib G was sailing West in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor through the Gulf of Aden with a cargo of ballast.
MARAD Issues Piracy Warning as Monsoon Season Closes
The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has issued a warning to ship operators of anticipated increase in piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden region from October through early December due to the end of monsoon season. More favorable weather conditions allow for small boat activity in the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and waters off the Horn of Africa region. Recent attacks have occurred off the Kenyan and Tanzanian coasts, the Southern Red Sea, Seychelles, and Maldives.
Pirates Move to South China Sea
According to a report from World Tribune, Western navies and the weather are putting pirates out of commission in the Gulf of Aden. NATO and other countries are maintaining task forces in the Gulf of Aden to block piracy, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). The bureau said pirates have chosen, instead, to attack ships in the South China Sea, where incidents tripled (to 30) this year. (Source: World Tribune)
HMCS Charlottetown Assists Vessel off Somalia Coast
Official U.S. Navy file photo of Canadian frigate HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339). Canadian multi-patrol frigate HMCS Charlottetown (FFH 339) provided assistance to five mariners adrift on a stranded vessel in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia. Upon approaching the vessel as part of routine Maritime Security Operations (MSO), the crew of Charlottetown noticed the vessel had been stranded without food, water or fuel. The vessel had been adrift in the Gulf of Aden for seven days with only a tarp rigged as a makeshift sail.
Pirates in Gulf of Aden Watched from Sky
Counter-piracy forces from the European Union will gain another valuable asset with the addition of a Falcon 50 maritime surveillance aircraft from the French Navy. Based from Djibouti, the aircraft has the range to cover the Gulf of Aden and waters off the horn of Africa. Its speed and range are instrumental in guiding surface units to apprehend suspect vessels and can provide advance warning to escorted convoys of aid to Somalia, allowing them to navigate around any threat without need for confrontation.
Russian Warship Escorts Gulf of Aden Convoy
The convoy consisted of merchant ships flying flags of Malta and Liberia, the NF spokesman Capt 1 Rank Vadim Serga told ITAR-TASS. "Crew of destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov replenished supplies delivered by tanker Ivan Bubnov on May 25. After that, a new convoy will be formed at an assigned point in the Red Sea to be escorted along the 'safety corridor' again", Serga said. Destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov left NF main base Severomorsk on Apr 6. Throughout the deployment, the ship has covered over 9,000 nautical miles.
Chinese Warship Escorts Training Ship Through Gulf of Aden
The "Zheng He" the Chinese ocean-going training ship, now engaged in the task of the "Harmonious Mission – a voyage around the world, slowly sailed into the Suez Canal under the guidance of a pilot on the Egyptian side a few days ago. Earlier, the guided missile frigate "Yantai" of the 11th escort taskforce under the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), which was conducting the escort mission in the waters off the Somali coast and the Gulf of Aden，successfully met…
Anty-Piracy: Gulf of Aden
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Indian Navy Thwarts Pirate Attack
On 11 Nov 2008, an attack by pirates on the Indian ship MV Jag Arnav in the Gulf of Aden was thwarted by an Indian naval warship patrolling in the area. This attack on MV Jag Arnav took place at about 1030 h on the morning of 11 Nov 2008, when the ship was 60 nm east of Aden. The alarm raised by the merchant ship was monitored by an Indian naval ship patrolling in the vicinity. An armed helicopter with marine commandoes was launched from the naval ship to intervene and prevent the pirates from boarding and hijacking the merchant vessel. This timely and successful intervention led to the pirates aborting their attempt. The naval ship thereafter closed the Indian merchant ship to escort her to safety. MV Jag Arnav, a 38,265 tonnes bulk carrier is owned by the Great Eastern Shipping Co Ltd.
M/T Stolt Valor Released by Hijackers
Stolt-Nielsen S.A. (Oslo Børs: SNI) today confirmed that M/T Stolt Valor was released on the morning of Nov. 16 by its hijackers, who took control of the ship two months ago. All crew members were unharmed. M/T Stolt Valor, which is on time charter from Japanese owners to Stolt Tankers B.V. was seized whilst transiting the Gulf of Aden on September 15. Since that time the owners worked continuously with the assistance of the relevant authorities and professional negotiators to secure the release of the vessel and the crew members on board. The Company, however, remained deeply concerned with the welfare of the crew members of M/T Stolt Strength, also a time-charter ship, which was hijacked on November 11 and continued to be held by the hijackers in the Gulf of Aden. Stolt Tankers B.V.
Odfjell SE Avoids Gulf of Aden
Odfjell SE has decided that all its owned, managed and time chartered ships that normally would sail through the Gulf of Aden will be routed via the Cape of Good Hope. “We will no longer expose our crew to the risk of being hijacked and held for ransom by pirates in the Gulf of Aden,” says Terje Storeng, President/CEO of Odfjell SE. “Unless we are explicitly committed by existing contracts to sail through this area, as from today [Nov. 17, 2008] we will re-route our ships around Cape of Good Hope. We trust our customers will appreciate this decision which we have taken to safeguard not only our crews and ships, but also the ships' cargo. The re-routing will entail extra sailing days and later cargo deliveries.
Seaarland and Motia Act on Piracy
Seaarland group of companies and Motia Compagnia di Navigazione have acted to ensure the safety of their crews, ships and cargoes until the escalating piracy situation off East Africa and in the Gulf of Aden is brought under control. Antonio Zacchello, managing director of Seaarland group of companies and Motia, says, “We at Seaarland and Motia feel we have to act to protect our crews from piracy attack. Accordingly, we have instructed our masters and informed all our customers…
UNOSAT 3D Map of Piracy in Gulf of Aden
UNOSAT, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Program, released a 3D map of piracy incidents in the Gulf of Aden for 2008. This 3D perspective map illustrates the relative spatial density of reported pirate incidents in the Gulf of Aden for 2008, current as of 21 November. Incidents that have occurred within 5km of the Maritime Security Patrol Area (MSPA) following implementation on 26 August 2008 are identified. A spatial analysis of the pattern changes in attacks has also been conducted.
Ship Crews Paid Double to Sail Gulf of Aden
According to a Jan. 11 report from Reuters, Oil shippers are paying crews double to persuade them to sail through the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden. (Source: Reuters)
Transiting Gulf of Aden and Somalia Basin
The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued an advisory providing updated guidance for ships transiting the Gulf of Aden and the Somalia Basin. Effective 1 February, the internationally-recommended transit corridor through the Gulf of Aden has been realigned so as to reduce the risk of collision, provide a measure of traffic separation, and allow maritime forces to conduct deterrent operations with a greater degree of flexibility. (1/30/09). (Source: Holland & Knight)
Gjøa Hull Safely Through Gulf of Aden
The hull of the North Sea Gjøa platform is on its way to Norway from the Samsung shipyard in South Korea. At the weekend an EU naval force provided a military escort as the hull passed through the notorious Gulf of Aden. The result of 1.7 million hours worked in South Korea, the Gjøa platform hull is now on its way to Stord via the Suez Canal. The long voyage to Stord is estimated to take 40-45 days. At the weekend the hull was transported through the Gulf of Aden, where shipping has recently been subject to attacks by Somali pirates who hijack vessels.
Marsh & REDfour Partner to Address Piracy
Marsh, insurance broker and risk adviser, and REDfour (MSS) Ltd, a maritime security firm, announced they are working together to help shipowners address potential exposures associated with piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden. Shipowners working with REDfour for security services and with Marsh for kidnap and ransom (K&R) insurance coverage may qualify for significant reduction in their overall K&R insurance costs. In addition, Marsh and REDfour have agreed that clients binding with certain underwriters will be provided services from REDfour at a reduced cost.
Espada Expands its Fleet in Gulf of Aden
Espada Logistics and Security-MENA has acquired five additional armed, fast-patrol vessels for use in the Gulf of Aden due to increased piracy and the growing demand for protection services. “Our customers have demanded a higher level of predictability when it comes to costs and scheduling, and it became clear that the only way to meet those demands was to acquire additional vessels,” Jim Jorrie, president of Espada Logistics and Security-MENA, said.
Gulf of Aden, Canadian Warship Deters Pirates
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) reported that a Canadian warship intercepted a suspected pirate skiff in the Gulf of Aden. The skiff was spotted loitering beside the International Recommended Transit Corridor. The skiff had no equipment on board showing that the Somali occupants were either fishermen or legitimate merchants. (1/28/10). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)
North Korean M/V Rim Hijacked, Gulf of Aden
The General Cargo vessel, M/V Rim is reported to have been hijacked the morning of Feb. 3 in the Gulf of Aden to the north of the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). M/V Rim is not registered with MSC HOA and has had no communications with UKMTO. The Rim was in the North West area of the Gulf of Aden just south of the Yemeni coast. The Coaster is a general cargo ship of 4,800 tonnes, North Korean flagged and owned by White Sea Shipping of Libya. A coalition ship USS Porter that works closely with EU NAVFOR and a helicopter from USS Farragut, both of CMF CTF 151, confirmed that the Rim had been hijacked. There are no reports of the composition or nationalities of the M/V Rim that has now altered course and is heading towards the Somali Basin.
Iran Navy Repels Pirate Attacks
Iran’s 33rd naval fleet has foiled pirate attacks on two Iranian tankers during the first days of its presence in the open waters and the Gulf of Aden. The timely presence and action of the Iranian Navy’s 33rd Flotilla thwarted the attack by pirate speed boats, equipped with various weapons, on an Iranian oil tanker in the waters of the Gulf of Aden three days ago, forcing the pirates to flee the scene. Five pirate speedboats had approached the Iranian tankers and were about to launch an assault on them.