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Yemeni navy seizes Houthis explosive-loaded boat in Red Sea

The Yemeni Navy managed to prevent an attempt by Houthi rebels against ships in the Red Sea. According to initial reports, Yemeni forces seized a a booby-trapped, explosives-loaded boat sent by the Houthis to attack international ships in the area. 

Armed robberies against ships slightly increased in Asia

A total of eight armed robberies against ships were reported in Asia in August 2018, according to ReCAAP ISC’s monthly report. The figures reveal a decrease compared to July, but a 5% increase in the total number of incidents reported during January-August 2018, compared with the same period in 2017. 

US Navy ship seizes 2,521 AK-47s from skiff off Gulf of Aden

The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham seized an illicit weapons shipment found aboard a stateless skiff in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, on August 28. Namely, the guided-missile destroyer found 2,521 AK-47 automatic rifles. The count follows an initial estimation of over 1,000 rifles.

Focus on risk mitigation techniques vital for enhanced maritime security

Mr. Jakob P. Larsen, Head of Maritime Security at BIMCO, provides an overview of the status of maritime security in the piracy affected areas around the world, citing possible reasons for the escalation of piracy in the GoG. In addition, Mr. Larsen highlights that industry should not be complacent with the lower activity reported in Somalia.

Australia to boost maritime security with new Pacific Fusion Centre

Australia revealed intentions to cooperate with regional partners for setting up a Pacific Fusion Centre, that will provide strategic analysis of information to help strengthen maritime domain awareness and provide security alerts and advice for Pacific security agencies.

Robbers attempt to board ‘Maersk Mishima’ in Davao

In its weekly report for 28 August-3 September, ReCAAP ISC informed of one incident of armed robbery against ships in Asia. The ship involved was the Panamanian-flagged product tanker ‘Maersk Mishima’, while berthed at the Vicinity Insular Oil – Davao Bulk Terminal, Sasa, Davao City, in the Philippines.

15 states gather in Myanmar to discuss anti-piracy best practices

A total of 26 maritime law enforcement and regulatory officers from 15 countries have gathered in Yangon, Myanmar, to participate in a three-day capacity building workshop organised by ReCAAP ISC and hosted by the Myanmar Navy, to share best practices with respect to piracy and sea robbery in Asia.

USCG, CBIG seize $2 million of cocaine from two vessels

In two different cases on Sunday and Monday, the US Coast Guard and the Caribbean Border Interagency Group seized a total of two million dollars of cocaine and seven smugglers, as part of the ongoing multi-agency law enforcement efforts off Puerto Rico.

Update on Yemeni ports situation

The ports of Aden, Mukalla, Nishtun, Hodeidah and Saleef and the Rudhum and Ash Shihr oil exporting terminals are currently open and operating as normal with no security issues. The port of Mokha, Balhaf LNG Terminal, Ras Isa Marine Terminal and Ras Isa Petroleum Products Reception Facility are closed.

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