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Another ‘ghost ship’ intercepted in Yangtze estuary

On February 19, the container ship ‘Hai Xing Shun’ was intercepted by Maritime Safety Patrol boats in Yangtze estuary deep-water channel, after a chase. It’s a common phenomenon for vessels to enter Yangtze waters, Shanghai and upstream, without proper formalities and local media comment these vessels as ‘ghost ships’.

Italian senate group votes to block criminal case against Salvini

An Italian Senate committee voted, on February 19, to block the investigation into accusations of kidnapping against Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, when he decided to hold 150 migrants on board a ship for five days on August 2018, according to Reuters.

London high court to reach decision on alleged piracy attack in Gulf of Aden

Οn July 5 2011, a small boat with seven armed in the Gulf of Aden drew alongside the ‘Brillante Virtuoso’, a tanker with 140,000 tonnes of fuel oil. A few hours after the pirates boarded the ship, a fire took place, while the armed men went away and the crew abandoned ship. However, the owners of the ship and the insurers have different stories of what it may have happened, and the London high court will have to decide on the case.

Police seize 3.3 tonnes of cocaine from ship off Portugal

Portugal’s authorities seized 3.3 tonnes of cocaine and arrested 11 people off the country’s Atlantic coast, after boarding a drug smuggling ship on the high seas, 150 nautical miles off the country’s coast. The seizure is estimated to to be worth around $148 million at European street prices.

Robber steals fuel from bulk carrier at Caofeidian Anchorage, China

A robber attacked and stole fuel from a bulk carrier that was anchored at China’s Caofeidian Anchorage, on February 10. Namely, the duty officer on board the ship notice that a hose was connected from a tank. The alarm was raised and the robber lowered the hose and escaped. It was reported that DO had been stolen and the incident was reported to VTS Caofeidian.

Three piracy incidents reported to ReCAAP ISC the previous week

In its weekly report for 5-11 February, ReCAAP ISC informed of three incidents that took place. Of the three incidents, one occurred on February 6, whereas the other two occurred in January. The incidents in January 2019 were reported to ReCAAP ISC by Contact Point Hong Kong after verification with the relevant agencies.

Three armed robberies against ships in Asia in January

The situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia in January 2019 has improved compared to the same period in 2018, according to ReCAAP ISC’s new monthly report. A total of three incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in January 2019, compared to 11 incidents in January 2018.

Nigerian navy reports 34 oil theft pirate attacks in 2018

According to the Nigerian Navy, thirty-four pirate ship attacks were reported in 2018, stating that evasive manoeuvre from the legal regime have been the bane in the fight against oil theft prosecution. From January to December 2018, from the 34 reported pirate attacks, the 9 were successful, whereas the 25 were unsuccessful; 20 sea robbery attacks were reported in 2018, with 6 having success, in comparison to 14 being unsuccessful.  

HRAS: Inconsistencies by flag States led to ‘Aquarius Dignitus’ de-flaggings

Human Rights at Sea issued its independent review and commentary into the ‘Human Rights and International Rule of Law Ramifications of the De-Flagging of M/V Aquarius Dignitus’. This is a vessel chartered by SOS Méditerranée and previously operated along with the Amsterdam-based branch of Médecins Sans Frontières, rescuing men, women and children in the Central Mediterranean Sea.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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