Pirates armed with guns boarded a product tanker approaching the Bonny Fairway Buoy, on March 6, around 21nm SW of Bonny Island, Nigeria, causing damage in the ship’s equipment. When the armed pirates approached the vessel, the alarm was raised, the SSAS was activated and all crew mustered in the citadel.
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.
The first information regarding the incident came from the ship captain, Chris Paul Maligmat, who revealed that the suspects attempted to board their vessel but the crew immediately responded by splashing boiled water, after which the perpetrators opened fire.
Maritime crime poses a serious threat to the safety of seafarers, international trade, and regional stability. In order to deal with this issue, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime created the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme, to combat maritime crime.
The third meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee established in accordance with Article XIII of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 will take place at the ILO in Geneva, from 23 to 27 April 2018.
The guidance highlights the use of the Maritime Security Transit Corridor, the registration with MSCHOA and reporting to UKMTO, as well as reviewing and updating risk assessments and plans to include new threats.
US MARAD issued an alert highlighting the need for vigilance in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and Gulf of Oman. US flagged commercial vessels are advised to navigate at least 200nm off the Somali coast to the extent practicable and follow the BMP4 guidance.
The first incident occurred on January 6 2018, in the Southern Red Sea. Three separate merchant vessels were approached by three small boats, each with up to six armed men aboard. The second incident took place on January 9, 2018, in the Ban El Mandeb Strait. A merchant vessel was approached by two small boats.
According to ReCAAP ISC annual report, 84% of the incidents reported, were armed robbery, while 16% were piracy incidents. More needs to be done in certain locations, such as Bangladesh and Straits of Malacca. Abduction of crew and theft of oil cargo remained a concern in 2017.
Union Maritime released a statement in which it informs that its vessel, MT Barrett, a tanker which was at anchor off Benin, West Africa has not been heard from since late on Tuesday 9th January. The company alerted the local authorities on Wednesday and is now exploring all possible options and efforts as it monitor the situation.
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