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US thinks of actions against Iran, following attacks in Gulf of Oman

Following the attacks against two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, provided interviews commenting that the US is considering a military response after the attack, with the goal of protecting the area and the vessels operating there. 

Risk mitigation measures after suspected tanker attacks

Following the two suspected attacks against tankers transiting the Gulf of Oman Thursday, INTERTANKO and OCIMF noted that these attacks appears to have been well-planned and coordinated and recommended operators to review associated BMP5 guidance.

MARSEC changes security level near Fujairah after sabotage

The Norwegian Maritime Authority informs that in light of the sabotage act against four vessels off Fujairah port, the Maritime Security (MARSEC) adjusted the security levels in the area to ISPS1 and advise shipowners to carefully consider measures from ISPS2.

OCIMF: 6 defence layers against unauthorized boarding

OCIMF released the information paper ‘Guidelines to Harden Vessels’, in which it recommends a layered defence methodology for hardening vessels to help prevent unauthorised boarding. This includes six defence layers, while training and ship design play a major part in securing a vessel.

Shipping industry launches site to improve maritime security

International shipping industry organisations have launched a new website to provide maritime security guidance to companies and mariners. The new website www.maritimeglobalsecurity.org provides security guidance, which the industry supplies, as well as links to  useful maritime and military security resources. 

ReCAAP ISC, OCIMF join forces against piracy in Asia

On July 24, the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and Oil Companies International Marine Forum signed a MoU in London, to boost the fight against piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. The cooperation aims to safeguard the interests of ships and seafarers operating in Asian seas, the busiest seas in the world.

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