A parliamentary panel in India Thursday agreed that the Ministry of External Affairs should make sincere efforts to enhance international cooperation on maritime piracy and ensure the welfare of Indian seafarers captured by pirates.
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The first month of 2021 saw a steady continuance of piracy incidents in the Eastbound Lane of the Singapore Strait, with Singapore’s Information Fusion Centre (IFC) reporting three attempted actions in January.
The International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) issued its monthly Sentinel Watch, which provides the merchant shipping industry with an update on IMSC initiatives and security within the Middle East Region.
Denmark appointed a Danish Special Representative for Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea in efforts to combat piracy, a move that was applauded by BIMCO.
As piracy remains a hot topic of discussion and a challenging issue for the shipping industry, ReCAAP ISC launches its annual report for 2020 reporting 97 incidents in Asia, which reveals a 17% increase year-on-year.
The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB) issued its annual report concerning international piracy incidents, highlighting that the Gulf of Guinea is a hot spot for piracy incidents and remains a crucial challenge for seafarers.
The Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) expressed its concern over the continuing piracy at the Gulf of Guinea, stressing that despite the efforts being made by the whole industry the situation remains dangerous for ships sailing there.
The US MARAD issued an advisory on December 14 concerning vessels operating in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, warning that Yemen remains a risk for commercial vessels.
As piracy and smuggling incident seem to rise in some countries, Philippines now opt for WhatsApp to fight piracy, through private closed groups, with fishermen and scientists playing a critical role in reporting.
Singapore’s Information Fusion Centre (IFC) provides an update concerning the piracy incidents and robbery threats taking place in the Singapore Strait, now focusing on the incidents between July to November 30, 2020.
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