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.
ReCAAP ISC expressed its concern over a trend of recent violence, specifically the latest situations of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.
Reports by security consultants Dryad Global indicated that a Panama-flagged chemical tanker “AEGEAN II” has been attacked by unknown armed men, 180 nautical miles southwest of Socotra, Africa.
BW Offshore announced that all offshore workers that had been kidnapped in early July have been safely released.
An ambitious roadmap to develop a National Maritime Security Strategy for Kenya was agreed on 21 July. The strategy aims to bring significant opportunities for social-economic growth.
According to Reuters, seven Russian seafarers were kidnapped following a piracy attack onboard a Liberian-flagged product tanker at Gulf of Guinea.
On 17 July the product vessel MT Curcacao Ttader was been boarded 244nm South Cotonou in Nigeria, by 8 armed individuals. The pirates kidnapped 15 crew.
Routine reporting and incident reporting are essential to ensure that the military and law enforcement forces are aware of the vessels’ intended sea passages and their vulnerability to an attack
During the past few years, there has been a singificant fall in piracy and armed robbery incidents off East Africa. However, the threat has not entirely gone away, as recent incidents indicate.
The Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) held its 29th Annual General Meeting on 28th May 2020. The meeting covered a broad range of topics, such as seafarers repatriation, sustainable shipping, the Hong Kong Convention, and piracy.
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