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US launches Red Sea maritime security advisory

The North P&I Club informed that the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued a maritime security advisory for the Red Sea. This comes after a maritime threat has been reported in the Red Sea near Yemen. Vessels are suggested to exercise caution when sailing through this area. 

Warning of kidnapping activities in Sabah

According to the ReCAAP ISC, there are information that a group of approximately 10 Abu Sayyaf Group members armed with pistol, rifles and grenade launcher is planning to carry out kidnapping activities in Sabah. These activities are mainly targeting businessmen or ship’s crew of foreign vessels.

Conflict and piracy threat remain in East Africa and Indian Ocean

Regional conflict and piracy threats continue to pose potential risks to commercial vessels operating in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Indian Ocean, warned the US MARAD. US flagged commercial vessels are advised to avoid entering or loitering near Yemen’s Red Sea ports.

US takes measures to deal with Somalia piracy incidents

The US President Donald Trump announced that he renewed for one year the national emergency according to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, to deal with the security situation and the persistence of violence in Somalia, as well as the acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia.

US MARAD advises extra vigilance over piracy threat

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.

US MARAD issues warning for Sulu and Celebes Seas

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued warning concerning the US-flag vessels which transit the Sulu and Celebes Seas. In light of recent boardings and kidnappings for ransom in that area, ship operators are advised to remain vigilant and adhere to counter-piracy measures when transiting the area.

Caution for vessels transiting to West Africa

BIMCO have recommended that ‘vessels entering the vessel reporting area for West Africa should continue to register with MTISC GoG in order to receive incident reports, but limit the provision of any information which would allow vessels to be identified or tracked. This will allow continuity of shipping security in the region.

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