Denmark announced the upcoming priorities regarding the fight against piracy and other criminal activity at sea. The priorities contain civil and military efforts against piracy. The geographical focus remains in Western Africa and the Horn of Africa. From 2019 to 2022, the priorities in the fight against piracy and other maritime crimes will replace the current Government strategy of 2015-2018.
While talking at the first SAFETY4SEA Conference in Hamburg, Mr. James Wilkes, Managing Director of Gray Page, argued that the purpose of maritime security is making the protection of seafarers a priority. Using insights from behavioural psychology, he suggested how security practice has become side-tracked from doing that.
On November 30th, the Swiss Parliament responded to a parliamentary inquiry on the possibility of letting the Aquarius, search-and-rescue ship run by SOS Méditerranée and Médecins sans Frontières. Namely, it denied the vessel to sail under the Swiss flag.
Medical staff from the EU NAVFOR and the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army completed medical exercises on board the EU NAVFOR flagship ESPS Castilla. There were also realistic simulations with the evacuation of casualties onto helicopter.
Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) carried out the Operation Haka on behalf of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF). This was a counter piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden, aiming to counter piracy and ensure greater maritime security in the region.
As IMB reported two robbers boarded a product tanker that was anchored in Puerto La Cruz Anchorage, Venezuela, on December 1, and tried to open the forward store. The crew members saw the perpetrators on time and raised the alarm.
In its weekly report for 27 November- 3 December, ReCAAP ISC informed of one incident of armed robbery against ship in Asia, involving the Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier ‘Alpha Bulker’ while at anchor in Cam Pha loading anchorage, Vietnam. While at anchor, about seven perpetrators (not armed) pretended to be stevedores and boarded the bulk carrier.
The Royal Navy announced it has seized three tonnes of hashish in one of the most significant drugs busts in the Persian Gulf this year. The crew of the Portsmouth-based warship ‘HMS Dragon’ was on patrol in the Middle East, when they came across a suspicious dhow in a notorious drug smuggling route known as the ‘Hash Highway’.
IMB reported two separate piracy incidents in India and Nigeria, on 17 and 21 of November respectively. The first incident took place in Kakinada Anchorage, where robbers boarded a product tanker and stole its stores. The other incident occurred in Lagos Anchorage, where robbers boarded a vessels, but they were noticed.
Piracy and oil theft have significantly reduced in the Niger Delta, which is attributed to the constant patrol of naval personnel in the region, said Rear Adm. David Adeniran, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Calabar, on the sideline of the fourth quarter exercise of the Nigerian Navy, Friday.
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