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Oil tanker with 22 crew missing in Gulf of Guinea

A tanker with 22 Indian crew and 13,500 tons of gasoline onboard is missing in the Gulf of Guinea since Friday, 2 February. The ‘Marine Express’ tanker, operated by Hong Kong-based Anglo-Eastern, was last seen in Benin’s waters at 3:30 a.m., after which contact was lost.

Armed robbers board bulk carrier, stab bosun

Two robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier, while anchored at Godau Port, Vietnam, on 31st of January, according to data provided by IMB. The robbers took the bosun hostage, threatened and injured him with a knife and then tied him up.

Two piracy incidents reported to ReCAAP ISC last week

During the period of 23 to 29 January 2018, two incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the ReCAAP ISC. The first incident involves the petroleum product tanker ‘Ocean Mars’ in Indonesia, and the second one concerns the tanker ‘Ocean 1’ while sailing off Alang.

Iranian drone missions increase in the Persian Gulf

USNI news informed that the Iranian drones in the Persian Gulf and other critical waterways around the Middle East, conducting surveillance flights close to US warships crossing the Strait of Hormuz and operating around the region, have increased. Overall, 14 unsafe and unprofessional interactions were reported in 2017 and 36 in 2016.

Colombian Navy intercepts containership boarded by drug smugglers

The Colombian Navy informed that it managed to prevent the transport of drugs which were found onboard a merchant ship, sailing in the Caribbean, in which unauthorized persons and drugs were detected. The authorities discovered 185 kilos of cocaine. After that the intruders were detained.

Abu Sayyaf release two kidnapped fishermen

Two Indonesian fishermen abducted by Abu Sayyaf terrorist group more than a year ago were released last Friday and were handed over from the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry to their families. The two men were kidnapped on 5 November 2016, while sailing in Malaysia’s waters of Sabah.

Somali pirates attack cement carrier, exchange fire with guards

A merchant vessel was approached by pirates on a mother ship on the evening of Sunday, 21 January, in the Gulf of Aden, 90 nm South East of Mukallah, according to the maritime security company LSS-SAPU. The involved ship is said to be the Panama-flagged cement carrier ‘NACC Valbella’.

Suspicious approaches in Southern Red Sea

The first incident occurred on January 6 2018, in the Southern Red Sea. Three separate merchant vessels were approached by three small boats, each with up to six armed men aboard. The second incident took place on January 9, 2018, in the Ban El Mandeb Strait. A merchant vessel was approached by two small boats.

KVNR: Private security needed on Dutch ships to counter Somali piracy

On 23 January 2018, the Dutch House of Representatives deals with the Merchant Navy Protection Act. The proposal allows the hiring of private security, in case a Vessel Protection Detachment of the armed forces is not possible, and concerns only the waters near Somalia, which is considered as a High Risk Area. 

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