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IMO, EU NAVFOR leaders shed focus on coordination

Charlie Stickland, the Operational Commander Major General of EU NAVFOR, met with Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the IMO, on 11 May at IMO Headquarters in London. At the meeting, general Stickland updated the IMO Secretary-General on EU NAVFOR’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta.

Pirates fire upon tanker off Somalia

Two pirate skiffs, carrying a total of four pirates onboard, approached and fired upon a tanker, while underway in the Gulf of Aden, on 31st of March, according to IMB piracy reporting centre. The armed guards onboard the tanker returned fire, resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away.

ReCAAP ISC reports three piracy incidents in Asia

During the period of 20-26 February 18, one attempted incident of armed robbery against ships was reported to the ReCAAP ISC in Asia. Furthermore, two attempted incidents of piracy occurred outside Asia, in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia, on 18 and 23 February 18 respectively.

Somali pirates attack cement carrier, exchange fire with guards

A merchant vessel was approached by pirates on a mother ship on the evening of Sunday, 21 January, in the Gulf of Aden, 90 nm South East of Mukallah, according to the maritime security company LSS-SAPU. The involved ship is said to be the Panama-flagged cement carrier ‘NACC Valbella’.

Somalia signs Jeddah Amendment on illicit maritime activity

Somalia has become the 14th signatory to the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct. The Amendment broadened the scope of the Djibouti Code, covering measures for suppressing a range of illicit activities, including piracy, arms trafficking, trafficking in narcotics, human trafficking, human smuggling etc.

State Affiliated Escorts use in Africa and Asia

Oceans Beyond Piracy is releasing a series of issue papers to further classify and define each identified model of contracted maritime security. In its latest issue paper it explores the model of State Affiliated Escorts.

Indian Navy prevents piracy attempt in Gulf of Aden

The Indian Navy ship ‘Trishul’ whilst on anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden, was escorting a merchant vessel MV ‘Jag Amar’, when she detected a boat carrying out suspicious manoeuvers in the vicinity of the merchant ship.

New maritime security transit corridors in effect

Recent attacks against merchant shipping by pirates and armed robbers in Philippines, Western Indian Ocean and Red Sea Regions have highlighted the risks associated with  transiting these waters. SQE MARINE consulting company informs about the new security transit corridors which have been set in the aforementioned areas. 

Combined Maritime Forces set security transit corridor

In response to the piracy incidents in Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandeb, Combined Maritime Forces are establishing a Maritime Security Transit Corridor, to provide a recommended merchant traffic route around which Naval Forces can focus their presence and surveillance efforts.

UKMTO issues updated Bab El Mandeb warning

The North of England P&I Club draws attention to a new UKMTO notice which urges vigilance to vessels transiting Bab El Mandeb from the Gulf of Aden, following recent attacks on two vessels which fired  upon with small arms and rocket propelled grenades from multiple small skiffs.

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