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Robber boards tanker in Batangas anchorage, Philippines

In its weekly report for 26 March- 1st April, ReCAAP ISC informed of one actual incident and one attempted incident of armed robbery against ships in Asia. The actual incident involved the Marshall Islands-flagged product tanker ‘Nakhal Silver’, while anchored at Batangas Anchorage Alpha, Philippines.

EU anti-piracy mission relocates to Spain ahead Brexit

A ceremony took place today in Rota Naval Base, Cadiz, Spain, to mark the relocation of the operation Headquarters of EU NAVFOR Atalanta Operation. The relocation comes in view of Britain’s planned departure from the EU.

USCG stops 4 more weekend illegal charters in Miami area

The US Coast Guard and Bal Harbour Police Department ended the voyages of several pleasure crafts on March 31, three of which were located at Haulover Inlet. The Coast Guard after halting the pleasure vessels resulted and published the violations the vessels noted.

US CBP stops $17 million drug shipment

Agents from US Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations facilitated the seizure of over three tons of drugs in late March 2019. Namely, a Navy ship discovered 6,100 pounds of marijuana destined for the US, on board a panga-style vessel off the coast of Central America. The US Coast Guard and Navy teams seized the narcotics and sank the vessel as a danger to navigation.

Migrant teens charged after hijacking vessel

The tanker El Hiblu 1 rescued about 100 migrants on February 27, when three amongst them began to riot and threaten violence when they realized that they were being returned to Libya. The thee teenage migrants have been charged in a court in Malta after hijacking the commercial oil tanker that had rescued them.

Nigeria’s ‘Deep Blue Project’ to reduce criminalities in its waters

The Nigerian Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, reiterated the Government’s determination to clear the Nigerian territorial waters of criminalities through the Integrated Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project. What is more, NIMASA is in collaboration with the National Assembly to ensure that the Antipiracy Bill will pass soon. 

Migrants hijack tanker after rescue off Libya

Refugees and migrants have reportedly hijacked the Palau-flagged tanker ‘Elhiblu 1’, after the ship rescued them off the coast of Libya, Tuesday night. The Maltese navy took over control shortly after and the ship arrived in Malta Thursday morning. 

Fugitive attempts to flee Australia on jet ski

A joint operation between the Australian Border Force, Australian Federal Police and Queensland Police Service concluded in the arrest of a fugitive allegedly attempting to flee Australia on a jet ski. It was identified the individual was likely a 57-year-old UK national who was subject to an outstanding warrant for drug related charges in Western Australia.

Robbers board tanker at Jose Terminal Anchorage, Venezuela

Three robbers armed with knives boarded a crude oil tanker which was anchored at Jose Terminal Anchorage, Venezuela, in the early morning hours of Thursday, 21st March, according to data provided by the IMB Piracy reporting centre.

US seizes 1 million pounds of smuggled Chinese pork

The previous week, US Customs and Border Protection seized a million pounds of illegally-smuggled Chinese pork at Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, part of the busy Port Authority of New York and New Jersey complex. 

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