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Piracy danger continues in Gulf of Guinea, IMB says

The ICC International Maritime Bureau published its second quarterly report. The report says that 107 incidents were reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in the first six months of 2018. In addition, all 2018 crew kidnappings have taken place in the Gulf of Guinea in six separate incidents.

IMO workshop focuses on oil spill preparedness in South-East Asia

Oil spill contingency planning was in the spotlight at an IMO regional workshop in Pulau Indah, Malaysia, on 2-6 July. The workshop aimed at helping ASEAN Member States become more familiar with the ASEAN Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan – designed to enhance cooperation between States.

Armed robbers board bulk carrier, stab bosun

Two robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier, while anchored at Godau Port, Vietnam, on 31st of January, according to data provided by IMB. The robbers took the bosun hostage, threatened and injured him with a knife and then tied him up.

ReCAAP ISC reports 19% increase in piracy incidents during 2017

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.

Five ways poor maritime security fuels terrorists and criminal networks

OEF Research cites five ways in which criminal networks exploit inadequate governance at sea. By drugs trafficking, robbing countries of their offshore oil, controlling smuggling routes, launching assaults & exploiting archipelagos, they manage to undermine political stability around the world.

Joint venture of Sri Lanka's Hambantota port starts operations

The joint venture agreement was signed in July between the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and China Merchants Port Holdings, that agreed to pay USD1.12 billion for an 85% stake in the port, with the lease agreement covering 99 years. The strategically located port is expected to benefit the two nations and Belt and Road countries.

Understanding the Coastal State Embarked Personnel model in GoG

In the Gulf Guinea, the nations are using Privately Contracted Armed Security, a model of embarked maritime security, which involves the contracting of uniformed police or military personnel from coastal or port states onto a vessel in the anchorage, port, or territorial waters of that state.

COSCO, PSA to launch third berth in Singapore terminal

COSCO Shipping Ports Limited and PSA Corporation Limited have  signed a Memorandum of Understanding to mark the launch of a new berth at COSCO-PSA Terminal in Singapore. Established in 2003, the terminal has served as a hub for container shipping in the Southeast Asia region.

Industry trio inks for Singapore innovation center

Recently, ZPMC Southeast Asia Holding Company, Huawei South Pacific Regional Center and Sinopec Lubricants signed a cooperation memorandum for the construction of a Southeast Asia Innovation Center in Singapore.

IMB reports 121 piracy incidents in 2017

A total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017, according to the latest report by IMB. The report notes that, while piracy rates were down compared to the same period in 2016, there is continuing concern over attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and in South East Asia.

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