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Gulf of Guinea Defined High Risk Area

Kidnap and Ransom - West African Threat The Skuld P&I Club issues information bulletin regarding Gulf of Guinea which defined as a High Risk Area due to West African Threat as follows:We would like to draw your attention toa recent article from Tradewinds about piracy in West Africa (published 3 May 2012).Currently this is a different threatfrom that which exists in the Indian Ocean as the pirates do not have a "safe haven" to take the vessel to and from which to issue ransom demands.Therefore we have amended the wording to cover to include illegal detention. Because the losses are happening a long way offshore the definition of the insured area is wider than just calls to ports.Already we have seen instances of crew being removed from vessels and the concern is that these could be ransomed. This would be an insured event under the wording that we offer.With these events taking time to resolve the Charterers may wish to consider buying LOH for calls to this area.Due to the increased risk in this area please also find attached a set of guidelines recently issued by the maritime security consultants, BGNPlease do not hesitate to call your respective syndicate if ...

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Tanker Savvy attacked by pirates near Singapore

Pirates failed to hijack the tanker and escaped in their speed boats On 9 May 12 at or about 0208 hrs tanker Savvy was underway at approximately 30 nm northeast of Horsburgh Lighthouse (1 38.0 N, 104 50.0 E), when approximately eight to ten pirates approached and boarded the vessel from two high speed boats.Armed with guns and chopping knives, the pirates boarded the vessel using a portable ladder on the poop deck. Upon spotting the pirates onboard, the master raised the alarm, carried out evasive manoeuvres and sealed all access from inside leading to the accommodation blocks/ engine room.As the pirates failed to gain access to the accommodation block and the engine room, the pirates escaped in their speed boats at or about 0230 hrs. The incident was reported to the Singapore's Port Operations Control Centre (POCC), which is also the ReCAAP Focal Point (Singapore).Source: Vesseltracker

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Indonesia Takes A Stand Against Pirates

Attacks can be avoided if crews maintained a careful anti-piracy watch and raised the alarm quickly A new stance by Indonesia has made a major difference in what was once the world's top piracy blackspot.Noel Choong, of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), said now most attacks in the busy shipping lanes between Indonesia and Malaysia could be stopped, as long as crews maintained a careful anti-piracy watch and raised the alarm quickly.A decade ago, Indonesia's lawless waters headed the world's list of piracy trouble spots, particularly the Malacca Straits between Sumatra and West Malaysia.Choong, head of the IMB's Piracy Reporting Centre in Kuala Lumpur, said alerting the Indonesian authorities then brought few results. But international pressure prompted Indonesia's navy and marine police to take a tougher stance.Located on a shipping route linking China, Japan, Korea and other Asian countries to Europe and the Middle East, the waterways around Singapore and Malaysia carry a massive proportion of the world's commercial shipping.Ships must pass through the Malacca Straits, Singapore Straits and the South China Sea, and into Indonesian waters. Often they carry vast sums of cash in the ship's safe - frequently the pirates' prime target.The nature of the attacks is quite ...

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Navy forced to drop year-round Somalia piracy patrols

The Royal Navy no longer has enough warships to dedicate one to fighting piracy off Somalia Cuts mean that the UK has had to scale back its commitments in the region, despite David Cameron making the fight against the multi-billion dollar piracy problem there a foreign policy priority.While the US, France, Italy, Denmark and other countries still send frigates, Britain has quietly withdrawn its ships, according to a newspaper.The UK can now only deploy two frigates for contingency operations east of the Suez canal, with neither able to be committed to piracy full time, it was reported.The Navy's fuel and supply ship, the Fort Victoria, has been supporting the counter-piracy fleet in the region since last year but it is unclear whether this will continue beyond the summer.Four frigates had been dedicated to Somalia, deployed on rotation to give year-round support. But four frigates were scrapped in Ministry of Defence cuts.Difficulties have been compounded by the need to commit ships and personnel to the Olympic security effort this summer.A senior Whitehall source told the Guardian: "Counter piracy is getting very difficult for the UK. We have two frigates that are supposed to look after contingencies in the Falklands, the Gulf ...

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Cuts force Royal Navy to drop Somalia piracy patrol

Four frigates scrapped in defence review leave navy unable The UK has had to scale back its commitment to counter-piracy because the Royal Navy no longer has enough warships to dedicate one to Somalia all year round.While the US, France, Italy, Denmark and other nations still send frigates to thwart criminals who cause havoc with international trade, the Guardian has learned that Britain has quietly withdrawn its ships from these patrols, even though David Cameron has made Somalia's piracy problem a foreign policy priority.Piracy cost the world economy $7bn (4.3bn) last year. Figures show the pirates raised almost $160m from hostage ransoms, but 24 of their captives died.British businessman David Tebbutt was one of their victims, and his wife, Judith, was held for six months before being released in March.Because of defence cuts, the UK can deploy only two frigates for contingency operations east of the Suez canal. They have to cover a massive area of ocean stretching from the Gulf to the Falklands. Neither can be committed to piracy full-time, though HMS Westminster "dips in" when it can, sources say.The navy's fuel and supply ship, the Fort Victoria, has been supporting the 16-strong counter-piracy fleet since last year, though ...

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Eagle Bulk And Trident Identified In Shooting Video

Debate on rules for the use of force calls for further investigation Eagle Bulk Shipping and Trident Group have been identified in a video of armed guards shooting at a pirate skiff that has raised a heated debate on rules for the use of force and calls for further investigation.The video shows a private maritime security company's operatives firing what they call warning shots, but there appears to be no gradual or layered approach to protecting the ship, as advocated in the International Maritime Organization's Best Management Practices. The guards continue to fire for some minutes as the vessel moved away from the pirates and the threat to the vessel became less urgent.Eagle Bulk declined to confirm that the vessel in the video was under its control. However, in a statement issued to Lloyd's List it said: "Piracy is a scourge which threatens the life and safety of seafarers. Out of respect for the safety of our crews, we do not discuss any aspect of our operations, safety or security procedures."Lloyd's List has been told by several sources that the vessel in the video is owned by Eagle Bulk and shortly before the end of the clip the Eagle Bulk ...

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Piracy and passenger ship safety high on agenda of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee

MSC- 90th session, 16 to 25 May 2012 Piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia, in the Gulf of Aden and the wider Indian Ocean will be high on the agenda when IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 90th session from 16 to 25 May 2012.A High-Level Segment will be held on the opening day (16 May), intended to provide an opportunity for a full policy debate among Member Governments on how the international community should deal with issues related to the deployment of privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships and the carriage of arms on board.The MSC has also received a number of submissions under the agenda item on "passenger ship safety", which was added to the agenda in the wake of the Costa Concordia incident in January. The busy agenda further includes the adoption of amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and consideration of other items submitted by the IMO Sub-Committees.Piracy and armed robbery against shipsThe high-level policy debate on arms on board ships, scheduled to take place on the first day of the MSC session, is ...

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Development of Regional Cooperation in the Fight Against Piracy in Djibouti

EU NAVFOR Force Commander The EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) French flag ship FS Marne visited Djibouti between Saturday 21 April and Friday 27 April. Whilst there the Task Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jean-Baptiste Dupuis and his staff met with representatives and authorities of the maritime world and various stakeholders in the fight against piracy.Located at the entrance to the Gulf of Aden and near the coast of Somalia, Djibouti is an important, strategic port in the fight against piracy. Its waters are a choke point for many merchant ships, and a regular harbor for warships sailing down the Red Sea and heading towards the Indian Ocean to fight against piracy. Djibouti is in particular a major logistical fulcrum for Operation Atalanta.In the presence of H.E. Mr Nicola Delcroix - Head of the EU delegation, and H.E. Mr Rene Forceville - Ambassador of France in Djibouti, on 23 April Rear Admiral Dupuis welcomed on board representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, defense and transport, Djiboutian port authorities, non-governmental organizations such as the World Food Programme, together with the ambassadors of countries participating in the fight against piracy. EU NAVFOR Force Commander also met Vice Admiral Franken, U.S. joint commander ...

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Pirates hijack supply ship off Nigerian coast

Later release 17 crew members An international watchdog says pirates hijacked a supply ship off Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta and held it for several hours before releasing the vessel's crew.The International Maritime Bureau said the attack happened Tuesday off the delta. The bureau said in a short statement that the pirates boarded the tug boat and held 17 crew members hostage before releasing them.The nationalities of those held was not immediately known.The attack is just the latest to target Nigeria and West Africa's Gulf of Guinea, where piracy has escalated from low-level armed robberies to hijackings and cargo thefts. Some believe militants once involved in fighting in the Nigeria oil delta now take part in the piracySource: AP

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