The International Transport Worker’s Federation (ITF) expressed its concerns on the sabotage act that took place in UAE waters, on Sunday, May 12. Thus, ITF unions have planned a meeting in Genoa, Italy to discuss this matter that arose, and see how it affects seafarers.
As Reuters reports, London’s marine insurance market plans to meet on Thursday to discuss whether it is necessary to change the risk level for vessels in the Gulf after an attack on ships off the United Arab Emirates earlier this week. Yet, this move will increase insurance premiums.
In its weekly piracy report for 7-13 May, ReCAAP ISC informed of one Category 4 incident of armed robbery against the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker ‘Arionas’, while anchored at Port Deendayal (Kandla) outer anchorage, India, on the evening hours of 9 May.
The United Arab Emirates announced that they will be restrained on who might be behind the attacks on oil tankers off its coast, and promised to de-escalate the difficult situation the Iranian behaviour has caused in the region, as a senior official commented.
According to Ghana News Agency, eight pirates were arrested, when Togolese navy thwarted a maritime hijacking in progress in the Gulf of Guinea. The ones arrested were six Nigerians and two Togolese. The navy quickly responded by dispatching its patrol boats to investigate. The tanker was intercepted 25 nm from the anchorage area and forced to return to Lome.
In light of the sabotage incident against four commercial vessels, off United Arab Emirates territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, sources revealed that the two sabotaged vessels were identified as the Saudi oil tankers Al-Marzoqah and Amjad. In the meantime, the other two vessels were the Norwegian tanker Andrea Victory, and a UAE bunkering barge, the A Michel.
On 21 May, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, in collaboration with Albania, will launch its first joint operation on the territory of a non-EU country. This will be the first operation of its kind, marking a new phase for border cooperation between the EU and Western Balkan partners. The negotiations on a Status Agreement on border cooperation between the European Border and Coast Guard and Albania started in December 2017.
Iran could target US commercial ships, including oil tankers, sailing through key Middle East waterways, as one of the threats to US interests posed by Tehran, the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) said in an advisory posted on Thursday.
UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) announced that four commercial vessels were subjected to sabotage, close to United Arab Emirates territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, on Sunday, May 12. The incident occurred east of Fujairah, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs situated outside the Strait of Hormuz.
The European Union decided to suspend, until 30 September, the EUNAVFOR MED ‘Operation Sophia’, which is deployed to rescue thousands of refugees and migrants from the central Mediterranean route. Only air patrols are to continue.
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