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Pirates kidnap nine crew-members off Benin

During the early morning hours of Saturday, November 2, pirates boarded the bulk vessel MV Bonita, taking hostage nine crew-members, off Cotonou in Benin.At the time, the J.J. Ugland vessel was at anchor, waiting for berth to discharge inbound cargo of gypsum, mostly used as fertiliser. According to a statement of the company, the remaining members of crew contacted the local authorities and later in the same day, the Norway-flagged vessel docked at the port city of Cotonou.

Seafarers significantly concerned over criminalisation

Nautilus International heard the results of the Nautilus Federation report regarding criminalisation in the shipping industry. The results show that approximately 90% of the seafarers questioned, expressed concerns about the issue, while two thirds said it impacted the way they felt about working in the profession.

Five armed pirates board bulk carrier off Pulau Cula

The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre reported that a group of pirates has boarded a bulk carrier off the Indonesian cost. The coast guard sailed along with the vessel to Singapore, but when they searched for the pirates onboard, they were nowhere to be found.

Masters should be able to handle security issues

In light of the ‘Advice to Masters’ brochure that the Swedish Club published, the Master has to be fully informed of security regulations and how to handle any incidents of piracy and security.

Cameroon to supply armed guards on board vessels during their stay at Douala anchorage

In order to protect ships from piracy attacks at Douala anchorage, Cameroon decided to supply armed guards, free of charge, that will stay on board a vessel for the duration of its stay at the anchorage. The new arrangement will limit the administrative delays that arise when completing an application for government armed guards on board.

How piracy affects Southeast Asia

In collaboration with the Kontinentalist, Stable Seas have released ‘Troubled waters: piracy and maritime security in Southeast Asia’. This is an interactive experience on how piracy and armed robbery affect the safety of waterways.

ReCAAP ISC reports four armed robberies against ships in Asia

During 13 – 19 August 2019, four CAT 41 incidents of armed robbery against ship were reported to the ReCAAP ISC. The four incidents took place on 31 July 19 at Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia; 9 August 19 northeast of Pulau Bintan, Indonesia; 12 August 19 at Phuoc Long Mooring Buoy No 3, Vietnam; and 15 August 19 southeast of Tanjung Piai, Johor, Malaysia.

US Navy conducts exercise to tackle smuggling and piracy

The US Navy and maritime forces from 10 Indo-Pacific partner countries started the 18th iteration of Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) in Singapore, August 19. The goal of the SEACAT exercise is to gather regional partner nations to engage in “real world, real time” training designed to enhance partner nation ability to communicate, coordinate and counter illegal smuggling and piracy.

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