As piracy increases in the world’s oceans, maritime safety requires a collaborative effort to ensure safety of lives and protection of property at sea. Under this, the Ghana Maritime Authority organized a 4-Day Crisis Response Training for security experts and players in the maritime sector, from 9 to 12 of July.
ReCAAP ISC reported 40 incidents from January to June 2018. This is the lowest number of incidents since 10 years for the same period. It also marks a 15% year-on-year decrease. The report analyzes the main characteristics of incidents on board ships in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.
In order to limit maritime crime on the Gulf of Guinea waters, and especially piracy and sea robbery, the Nigerian Navy along with France, China, Portugal, Cameroon, Ghana and Togo conducted a maritime exercise named Exercise EKU KEGBE, of which 12 Nigerian Navy ships and ships from the other countries were deployed.
The new edition of Stable Seas Maritime Security Index is released, attempting to measure and map good maritime governance around sub-Saharan Africa. This edition covers 30 exclusive economic zones around sub-Saharan Africa from the mid-Atlantic to the Gulf of Aden.
The annual ReCAAP ISC Piracy and Sea Robbery Conference 2018 was held on 12 June in Hong Kong, under the theme “Counter Piracy: Proactive Response”, to underscore the importance of staying vigilant and not taking for granted the success that Asia had achieved in reducing incidents over the past decade.
In its recently-published annual piracy report, OBP reported a total of 71 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Latin America and the Caribbean Sea throughout 2017, which represents a 163% increase over 2016. Most incidents occurred in territorial waters, with anchored yachts being the primary targets for attackers.
In its 2017 State of Maritime Piracy report, Oceans Beyond Piracy says a total of 1102 seafarers were affected by piracy and armed robbery in East Africa and 100 crew members were taken hostage in West Africa, while a total of 1908 seafarers were affected in Asia and 854 in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre, jointly launched the Capacity Building Executive Programme 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The Programme aims to improve skills of maritime regulatory & enforcement authorities in fight against piracy and sea robbery in Asia.
The US President Donald Trump announced that he renewed for one year the national emergency according to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, to deal with the security situation and the persistence of violence in Somalia, as well as the acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia.
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.
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