United States Customs & Border Protection reported that the Customs Trade Partnerships Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Portal’s new security profile for Sea Carries which came on line June 1, 2020, does not fully reflect the associated minimum security criteria (MSC).
Armed pirates boarded the product tanker Tosna Star and robbed it, while it was off the port of Port-au-Prince, Haiti last Sunday, according to one of its crewmembers.
Following increased piracy incidents in Africa, the port of Cotonou announced new arrival procedures and measures to protect the shipping industry, providing ten measures against acts of piracy so that the crewmembers onboard and the vessel are fully protected.
Another piracy incident was reported in Nigeria, as a group of armed men fired upon a containership, located about 19 nautical miles South West of Bayelsa on January 21, Tuesday. Following, the crew has been reported to be safe and unharmed.
BIMCO provides guidance to the shipping stakeholders concerning the escalated tensions in the Gulf of Guinea, followed by the killing of General Qassem Soleimani by a US drone in early January 2020, and retaliation by Iran.
The Port Authority of Douala in Cameroon issued a notice informing that armed security will be provided to vessels anchoring at the Base Buoy (B9), in protection of the seafarers onboard and the safety of the vessel as well.
Singapore’s Information Fusion Centre (IFC) issued a paper focusing on the increasing tensions and attacks taking place in the Singapore Strait concerning the timeframe between November to December 2019, providing recommendations for ships sailing in the area.
Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) reported that all seven abducted crew members have been released, and have met with the company’s senior representatives, taken for health checks. After 31 days of being captive, the crew were taken for medical checks and other necessary arrangements were organised and all have now returned to their home countries and their families.
JJ Ugland released a statement informing that the nine crewmembers that were kidnapped in November were released in Nigeria and brought to a safe place in Southern Nigeria, waiting for the preparations so that they can return home.
Located in the far north of country, the Port of Pemba has recently assured stakeholders that it has undertaken all the necessary security measures in order to protect its facilities as has been granted the International Ships and Ports Security (ISPS) Code by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
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