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EU NAVFOR vessel interacts with Somali fishermen

EU Naval Force Ships are to friendly-approach local vessels and speak to the crew in the Western Indian Ocean aiming to enhance the mutual understanding and trust between the EU Naval force and local seafarers and also get a first-hand insight about possible piracy incidents in the area.

IMB: Piracy increased in 2018, Gulf of Guinea ‘increasingly dangerous’

IMB issued its annual piracy report for 2018, confirming a rise in piracy figures on the world’s seas last year, and specially in West African waters. The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) recorded a total of 201 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships worldwide in 2018, up from 180 in 2017.

Foreign powers help reduce piracy in Somalia

According to BBC’s Anne Soy, foreign navy powers have played a crucial role in handling piracy off Somalia’s coast. Somali territorial waters saw a rise in smuggling, illegal fishing by foreign trawlers, illegal dumping and later piracy. But 10 years ago, the European Union, Nato and others began to deploy naval forces to the region shortly after the UN Security Council allowed warships to enter Somali territorial waters. Pirate attacks have now all but stopped, after reaching a peak in 2011.

Ten shipping books we read in 2018

Festive season is a special time of the year for relaxing and a good book can be the best company or a good present for beloved ones. SAFETY4SEA has made a list of the best books we read throughout the year, for those who are part of the maritime workforce or not, with themes varying from leadership and soft skills to the hidden world of piracy and the book type varying from academic writings to joyful action readings.

Piracy affects more than 26% of seafarers seeking support

Sailors’ Society’s Crisis Response Network (CRN) provided support to its 100th case this week, with piracy, death at sea and abandonment accounting for almost two-third, 59%, of those supported. The CRN also provides support to seafarers who have been imprisoned, often through no fault of their own

EU NAVFOR, Somalia continue maritime security dialogue

On Mogadishu, on 4-5 December 2018, vital discussions took place on maritime security between the Operation Commander of EU NAVFOR, Major General Charlie Stickland OBE and the Somali Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid.

Pirates attempt to attack ship in Gulf of Aden

In its weekly report for 6-12 November 2018, ReCAAP ISC noted that there were no reports of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. The report however included an attempted incident outside Asia, involving the Singaporean-flagged tanker ‘Po Yang Hu’, while underway in the Gulf of Aden, in the early morning hours of 2 November. 

Piracy attack averted off Somalia

On 16 October, the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier ‘KSL Sydney’ was attacked 340 nm off the coast of Somalia in the Somali Basin, according to data provided by EU NAVFOR. Due to the application of BMP protection measures by the Master, his crew and the private security team, the piracy attack was thwarted and the crew and vessel remained safe.

Merchant ship fired with shots off Somalia

A merchant vessel was attacked by pirates while sailing in the Gulf of Aden on 16 October, according to UKMTO. The attackers fired shots against the vessel, but the armed guards onboard returned the shots. The attackers abandoned their plan to board the ship and escaped on their skiff.

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