In its weekly report for 6-12 October, ReCAAP ISC informs of two armed robberies against ships in Asia. One incident occurred onboard an offshore supply vessel while anchored at Kakinada OPL Anchorage, India, and the other onboard a bulk carrier while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait.
India has joined the Djibouti Code of Conduct/ Jeddah Amendment, as Observer, with the aim to cooperate with other states on reducing maritime piracy in the Indian Ocean region.
While the the Indian fishing trawler Sea Blessia – I was underway, a gang of 15 fishermen belonging to the local fishing community from Malwan, Maharashtra, India, boarded it and stole the trawler’s equipment and fish catch.
In its weekly report for 18-24 February, ReCAAP ISC informed of two incidents of armed robbery against ships in Asia, both of which were CAT 4 (least significant) incidents. One occurred to a tanker while underway off Gujarat, India; and another to another tanker at Kakinada anchorage, India.
Following the abduction of 20 Indian seafarers from “Duke” off Benin, the Government of India assured that they are all safe after Narendra K. Sawaikar, Commissioner for NRI Affairs contacted the Government of India.
On Wednesday, December 4, India gifted the indigenously made patrol vessel CGS Kaamiyaabu to the Maldives National Defense Coast Guard, in order to enhance maritime security in the the Indian Ocean archipelago. It is said that the vessel will be manned by eight Maldives personnel which will be trained in India other than establishing maritime security in the region, it aims to foster its blue economy and safeguard its tourism industry. The initiatives were formally announced during the past year and were launched through a video conference, earlier this week.
During a coordinated sea-air operation on 19 September, the Indian Coast Guard seized a huge cache of ketamine drug worth Rs. 300 crore (=USD 40 million) onboard a Myanmarese ship, the agency informed on Saturday.
The port authorities, based on specific intel inputs by the security services, have cautioned all Merchant Shipping operating in and around the Gulf of Kutch and in particular Kandla and Mundra ports on the possibility of underwater attacks by potential terror organisations.
BIMCO’s Head of Maritime Security, Jakob P. Larsen, highlighted that there’s no reason to ‘turn a blind eye to piracy’ in the Gulf of Guinea. He supports the establishment of a contact group to fight piracy in the Gulf and protect the shipping industry.
The Indian Ministry of Defence announced that the Indian Navy deployed two vessels in the Gulf of Oman to secure Indian flagged vessels, following the recent attack on two tankers in the region. The Ministry issued a statement noting that in addition to deploying the two vessels, Chennai and Sunayna, ‘aerial surveillance by IN aircraft is also being undertaken in the area.’
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