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ReCAAP ISC meeting reviews efforts against Asian piracy

The 12th Governing Council Meeting of ReCAAP ISC was held on 20-22 March in Singapore, reviewing 2017 activities and deliberating on activities for 2018. ReCAAP ISC has commended its activities in 2017 under the three pillars: information sharing, capacity building and cooperative arrangement.

USCG seizes 36,000 lbs of cocaine in one month in East Pacific

USCG offloaded about 36,000 pounds of cocaine Tuesday, which was seized during a counter-drug patrol in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The contraband represents 17 interdictions of suspected smuggling vessels off the coasts of Central and South America by five USCG cutters, between early February and early March.

Nigeria to improve its maritime security strategy

Cooperation between government agencies is important to achieve maximum maritime security enforcement. The latest national table-top exercise on maritime security, in Nigeria, discussed this issue. The findings from this exercise will create the basis of a maritime security strategy. This is part of a project to improve the Nigerian Criminal Justice response to maritime crime threats.

Tanker suspected of fuel smuggling captured in Libya

A Togo-flagged fuel tanker called “Lamar” and its Greek crew were arrested on Thursday, 15 March by Libyan naval forces, as it was suspected to have been trying to smuggle oil out of Libya. Libya seized the oil tanker as it did not have any permissions from the country.

Pirates board product tanker off Nigeria

Pirates armed with guns boarded a product tanker approaching the Bonny Fairway Buoy, on March 6, around 21nm SW of Bonny Island, Nigeria, causing damage in the ship’s equipment. When the armed pirates approached the vessel, the alarm was raised, the SSAS was activated and all crew mustered in the citadel.

Libyan forces intercept Greek bulk carrier

The Greek bulk carrier “Santorini” was intercepted by Libyan forces on Monday, 11 of March 11 in Libyan waters off Susah, for allegedly sailing into Libyan waters, and especially the waters off Derna, without having been granted authorization to do so. The ship had 21 crewmembers including Turkish and Syrian nationalities.

CMF captured 132 kgs of heroin in the Arabian Sea

HMAS Warramunga’s MH 60 Romeo helicopter was conducting routine aerial surveillance in the Arabian Sea when it detected a vessel of interest. HMAS Warramunga approached the dhow in international waters and upon investigation CTF 150 authorised a non-destructive search of the dhow. During that search, the boarding team located 132 kgs of heroin.

Five armed robberies against ships in Asia reported in February

The situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia has improved in February 2018 with a total of five incidents, compared to January 2018 with eight incidents reported, according to ReCAAP ISC’s monthly report. However, of concern was the occurrence of an attempted incident of abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Sea on 16 February.

Three armed robberies on ships reported in Asia last week

During the period of 27 February – 5 March 2018, three incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia were reported to the ReCAAP ISC, according to its weekly report. The report also describes a recent incident onboard ‘Maersk Maya’ which occurred outside Asian waters.

Seychelles to improve its maritime security strategy

Discussions for a new draft a National Maritime Security Strategy for Seychelles with various stakeholders who playing a role in protecting the maritime sector, started earlier this year and a draft of the document was presented to them to get their final opinions.


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