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.
Southeast Asian waters
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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