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Tunisia Coast Guard rescues 700 immigrants trapped on a fishing boat

Passengers were evacuated and transferred to refugee camp near Tunisia-Libya border Tunisia's coast guard launched Wednesday operations to rescue some 700 would-be immigrants trapped on a fishing boat that stalled off the country's coast, the official TAP news agency said.The boat is believed to have set sail from Libya and was en route to Italy, the report said. Its passengers, which include women and children, are mostly of sub-Saharan African origin.Passengers alerted Tunisian coastal authorities after the boat stalled some 20 miles off the Kerkennah islands in southern Tunisia on Tuesday, TAP said. Because of difficult weather, the rescue operations couldn't begin until Wednesday morning.Passengers were being evacuated aboard inflatable rafts and are to be transferred to the Choucha refugee camp near the Tunisia-Libya border. The camp is providing shelter to sub-Saharan Africans and others who have fled months-long conflict between Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi and rebels.Meanwhile, Italian officials seized a yacht said to have belonged to the family of former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was deposed in a popular uprising in January.The 14-meter (45-foot) vessel, the Atlantique 43, was anchored in the port of Italy's southern island of Lampedusa when it was seized by financial ...

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Indian Defence Minister cautioned maritime forces against lowering their guard

Nations which neglect their seas and oceans come to grief Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Saturday cautioned the country's maritime forces against lowering their guard, as nations which had neglected their seas and oceans had come to grief.As the resources of the land were getting depleted, nations were turning to the seas and oceans for sustenance, he pointed out.He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the Indian Coast Guard Academy (ICGA) being built on 66.36 hectares on the banks of the Valapattanam estuary here.Mr. Antony said the prestigious academy was coming up in a part of the country known for its rich maritime history."For centuries the seas of Malabar were ruled by the fleet of Kunjalis fighting intruders from the West," he said, adding that the country was now facing asymmetric threats from terrorists and other anti-social elements posing a challenge to the unity and integrity of the nation.Stating that coastal security had assumed huge significance and concern for the government, he said there was an urgent need for the country to be vigilant against threats from the seas."The Coast Guard, despite its meagre strength, is discharging its multifarious roles and responsibilities with professional commitment and resolve," Mr. ...

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Coast Guard suspends search for the 24-year-old Greek mariner missing at sea

Member of the crew of Velopoula tank The Coast Guard suspended its active search Monday evening for the motor vessel Velopoula tank ship mariner who reportedly fell overboard 135 miles north of Samana, Dominican Republic, Saturday.The decision to suspend a search is very difficult when someone is still missing at sea, said Capt. Ed Pino, commander of Coast Guard Sector San Juan. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing mariner during this difficult time.Coast Guard rescue crews launched an aerial and surface search Saturday for the 24-year-old Greek mariner after Coast Guard Watchstanders in Sector San Juan received a satellite communication from the master of the 748-foot Velopoula reporting the incident.The mariner reportedly was last seen at 12 p.m. Saturday and was noticed missing four hours later.Units involved with the search included:Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crewsCoast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., HC-130 Hercules aircraft crewsThe crew of the Coast Guard Ccutter FarallonCoast Guard searches totaled more than 3,600 square-miles, or roughly the size of the island of Puerto Rico.Coast Guard Cutter Farallon is a 110-foot patrol boat home ported in San Juan.Source: Coast GuardNews

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Close co-operation between EUNAVFOR and the Seychelles Coastguard

Shared best practices Recent visits of EUNAVFOR ships to the Seychelles have proven fruitful in cementing close relationships and co-operation with the Seychelles Coastguard.Officers from the EUNAVFOR Flagship, ESPS CANARIAS, shared best practices with their partners in the Seychelles Coastguard in escort duties and evidence preservation. Both areas are crucial in the multi-layered fight against piracy. This visit followed on from technical assistance given to the Seychelles Coastguard by HMS RICHMOND when she visited Port Victoria at the beginning of the month.Future visits will continue this trend with planned joint training in evidence gathering and the detention of suspected pirates. This cross training will complement an initiative by the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime who are also supporting the Seychelles Coastguard with information to help secure convictions of suspected pirates.EUNAVFOR continues to work with regional maritime forces, UN agencies, industry and other stakeholders in the international fight against piracy.Source: EU NAVFOR

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Navy, Coast Guard to get more teeth to tackle piracy

More operational and legal teeth to Navy and Coast Guard India now plans to take the battle to the pirates, with measures finalized to give more operational and legal teeth to Navy and Coast Guard. This will enable the two maritime forces to operate "much more aggressively" against sea brigands on the high seas than ever before.Under the new "rules of engagement" and standard operating procedures firmed up, Indian warships will now engage or disable pirate ships in "a far more pro-active manner"."Till now, our warships were usually opening fire in self-defence or if pirates were found attacking or hijacking merchant vessels. The new measures will also include stepped-up VBSS (visit, board, search and seizure) operations. But force used will be proportional to resistance offered, in line with UN laws," said a source.There will also be some additional deployment of warships off the coast of Somalia as well as Arabian Sea to "sanitize" the routes being taken by Indian-flagged merchant vessels.With the government being criticized for its lackadaisical attitude to the entire piracy issue, and 53 Indian sailors still in the captivity of Somali pirates, the Cabinet Committee on Security met under PM Manmohan Singh on Friday to approve a ...

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Live grenade on tanker defused

Disaster on sea averted A joint operation by the Coast Guard and Gujarat police helped avert a major maritime disaster by defusing a live grenade lodged in a tanker registered in Greece.According to an official spokesman of the Coast Guard on Monday, the operation in mid-sea was undertaken early on Sunday morning following information that a live Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) was lying in the accommodation structure of the Motor Tanker Aegea. The tanker, which set sail from Antwerp on March 4, was on its way to Sikka port in Jamnagar district of Gujarat. About 400 nautical miles away from Porbandar, the ship was attacked by pirates equipped with small arms and RPGs.One RPG hit the accommodation structure of the ship but did not explode. All the crew members on board were safe.The Coast Guard regional headquarters in Gandhinagar was informed about the unexploded grenade and it immediately formulated an emergency plan to undertake a joint operation with the police and the Navy.Soure: The Hindu

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Marine environmental protection tops accomplishment of PCG

Philippine Coast Guard to promote maritime safety The Philippine Coast Guard District, Northern Mindanao (PCGDNM) will always direct its activities towards their mission to promote maritime safety, conserve marine resources and waterways and guard against violations of maritime laws.Thus assured Commodore Elson E. Hermogino, Commander of PCGDNM, who said activities along Marine Environmental Protection (MAREP), Marine Safety Administration (MARSAD) and Marine Search and Rescue (MARSAR) took the bulk of their accomplishments for 2010."We were able to navigate through the changes and challenges of the times as Northern Mindanao transformed itself into one of the economical catalyst of the country," he said.Hermogino also said PCGDNM planted some 15,000 mangrove propagules within a total area of eight (8) square miles covering all its stations and detachments and conducted coastal clean-ups, under the "SCUBAsurero" project, as among their activities of the 109th PCG Anniversary celebrated last October.It also conducted various symposia and training seminars to local government units and private corporations in the Oil Spill Control and Prevention drills participated by the various shipping lines operating in the region.Meanwhile, PCGDNM was able to maintain its 98% operating efficiency in all its 54 light stations of the region, while its daily deployment of K9 ...

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Navy to continue heavy patrolling against pirates

A continuous effort to tackle piracy After one of its fast attack craft sunk a pirate mother ship near Lakshadweep, Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma today said his force will continue to carry out "heavy patrolling" against pirates there."We have already put in very heavy patrolling as far as our waters are concerned and that is the reason why this pirate ship could be tackled...This effort would continue," he told reporters here.Last week, a Naval Fast Attack Craft (FAC) sunk a pirate mothership named 'Prantalay' 75 miles off Lakshadweep saving the 20-member crew of the hijacked vessel on-board and arrested 15 pirates from it.To thwart any piracy attempts around Lakshadweep, the Coast Guard along with the Navy has launched the Operation Island Watch along the Lakshadweep Islands.Noting that the joint Coast Guard and Navy patrols were keeping a strict vigil there, he said, "That is why it just did not carry out an attack and escape and that is why in good time, we could detect it and take action."In the recent past, activities of pirates around Lakshadweep have increased and they were also successful in hijacking a Bangladeshi-flagged merchant vessel about 90 nautical miles off Kochi and 80 nautical ...

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Coast guard rescues stranded sailors

Crew saved in sinking The Seychelles Coast Guard yesterday rescued 13 Pakistanis after their ship sank.Three were stranded on a sand bank 130 nautical miles from Mahe.Ten others who were earlier missing were later rescued as they drifted 100 nautical miles from Mahe on a large white open life boat whose engine seems to have failed.Coast guard commander Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Rosette said this in an interview after the rescue.He said the MV Ras Kigomasha had 13 passengers on board when it took on water and sank near the African Bank.The vessel was previously being used to carry passengers and cargo between Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania."We got information from a representative of the vessel on Wednesday, saying it was on its way from Tanzania to India, where it was going to be scrapped," he said."On Thursday the rep flew here and told us the vessel was around the African Bank."We dispatched an aircraft and on the same day we found the vessel and saw the three people. We sent two coast guard vessels, which rescued them yesterday."He said the 13 reached the bank but the captain sent three of them ashore to see if there were people on the uninhabited bank, ...

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Man goes missing from ferry

A frantic search is underway off the UK An air and sea search is underway after a man went missing from a P&O Highlander ferry in Cairnryan.Clyde Coastguard are co-ordinating the search for the man who was reported missing by a coach driver after the ferry docked at about 0930 GMT.The ferry is being searched and a Royal Navy rescue helicopter and lifeboats from Larne, Portpatrick and Stranraer are searching for him.Larne RNLI said the search is concentrated on Lough Ryan.A P&O spokesperson said they had searched the ship and were assisting authorities to locate the passenger.Source: BBC

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