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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first incident took place around 50nm of Bonny Island, Nigeria. Around eight armed pirates in a speed boat chased a container vessel. The second incident happened 40nm SSW off Bonny, Nigeria. About 10 pirates in a speed boat, armed with automatic weapons, chased and fired upon a reefer vessel.
Five pirates with guns attacked the product tanker ST Marseille at an anchorage off Cotonou, Benin. The pirates boarded the ship, and two guards were injured from gunshots. The product tanker did not have any cargo onboard when it was attacked, something that made the pirates to abort their attack and leave.
During the period of 20-26 February 18, one attempted incident of armed robbery against ships was reported to the ReCAAP ISC in Asia. Furthermore, two attempted incidents of piracy occurred outside Asia, in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia, on 18 and 23 February 18 respectively.
- Loss Prevention
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Denmark eases medicine handling onboard ships16/03/2018
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Panama Canal sings soybean and corn deal16/03/2018
New space for operations to be created at Port of Rotterdam16/03/2018
US to fund projects for fuel cell technologies16/03/2018
- Maritime Health
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