ReCAAP ISC: Four armed robberies against ships in Asia reported last week

In its weekly piracy report for 26 January-1 February, ReCAAP ISC informed of four incidents of armed robbery against ships. Of these, two occurred on ships while underway in the Singapore Strait, one to a ship while anchored at Belawan Anchorage, Indonesia and one occurred to a ship berthed at Makar Wharf, General Santos City, Philippines. 

Philippines activates ports as crew change hubs

As part of its commitment to IMO to facilitate crew changes and achieve key worker designation for seafarers, the Philippines Department of Transportation has activated ports to serve as crew change hubs in different parts of the country.

Problems persist with nickel ore loaded in Philippines

The North of England P&I Club reported a continuous trend of issues related to nickel ore loaded in the Philippines, in particular, cargoes from the Surigao region. Nickel ore is a Group A cargo, which means there is a risk of liquefaction and cargoes loaded in the Philippines have a considerable history of liquefaction instances.

Typhoon Quinta leaves hundreds stranded at sea in Philippines

As of 8am Tuesday, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Command Center has recorded a total of 341 passengers, truck drivers, and cargo helpers; 5 vessels; and 3 motorbancas stranded in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Palawan due to typhoon Quinta.

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