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Two armed robberies against ships in Southeast Asian waters

In its weekly report for 30 July – 5 August, ReCAAP ISC informed of a total of three armed robberies against ships, comprising two actual incidents in Asia and one attempted outside Asia. The two incidents reported in Asian waters were CAT 4 incidents, which is classified as ‘least significant’ in nature. 

UK joins maritime security mission in Strait of Hormuz

The UK Royal Navy announced it will take the lead in a new international maritime security mission, working alongside the US navy to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. The decision was announced during an international conference in Bahrain last week.

Crews can now refuse to work on ships transiting Strait of Hormuz

Effective from 2 August, the Warlike Operations Area Committee (WOAC) has agreed to temporarily designate the Strait of Hormuz as a High-Risk Area, as part of an increased danger associated with the latest developments in the region. The agreement gives seafarers the right to refuse to work onboard vessels transiting the Strait of Hormuz. 

Port of Thessaloniki seizes 52kg of cocaine hidden in container

On 2 August, authorities at the Greek Port of Thessaloniki seized a 52-kilogram shipment of cocaine coming into the northern Greek city via container. The drugs were hidden in the refrigeration system of a container that was carrying bananas from Latin America. 

Germany sees largest cocaine shipment ever seized

German customs has confiscated a record 4.5 metric tons of cocaine in a shipping container in Port of Hamburg, northern Germany. This seizure has a street value of US$1.1 billion, marking largest cocaine shipment ever seized in Germany. 

Dubai Customs seize 274,000 ‘Jihadists pills’

Dubai Customs seized 274,000 Captagon pills, halting a drug smuggling attempt. According to the Customs, Captagon is said to be the ‘amphetamine fueling Syria’s war’ or the ‘Jihadists’ drug.’ The smuggles had hidden the drugs in the fuel tank of their vessel, believing that inspectors will not search in that hot spot of the vessel near the engine which can reach up to 60 degrees Celsius. 

Iran seizes another foreign oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

As the Iranian military published through its Facebook account, Iran seized another a foreign oil tanker in the Gulf, stating that the seized vessel was smuggling fuel. Thus, the military detained seven crewmen. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard seized the foreign vessel, supporting that it was transmitting 700,000 litres of oil to ‘some Arab countries in the Persian Gulf.’ 

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