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US designates Houthis as terrorists after tanker attacks

Following a series of attacks against oil tankers in the Red Sea, the US has classified Yemen’s Houthis as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). The designation is under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

USCG removes conditions of entry for Liberia

The US Coast Guard announced that Liberia is now a safe port for vessels to call, as after recent assessments it was observed that the Republic of Liberia is implementing effective terrorism measures.

Ports without effective anti-terrorism measures: Actions required

According to The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA), the USCG valuates the effectiveness of anti-terrorism measures in foreign ports and provides for the imposition of conditions of entry on vessels arriving to the United States from countries that do not maintain effective anti-terrorism measures.  In this context, the USCG has recently issued a Port Security Advisory to provide a list of all ports that do not maintain effective antiterrorism measures, recommending required actions.

Saudi Coalition thwarts attack on tanker off Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen informed that it foiled an imminent terrorist attack against an oil tanker off Yemen’s coast, on the Arabian Sea. The attack took place as the tanker was sailing about 90 nautical miles southeast of Nishtun port, Tuesday.

Achille Lauro hijacking: A tragic example of maritime terrorism

SAFETY4SEA remembers the hijacking of the cruise ship ‘Achille Lauro’ in 1985 by four heavily armed Palestinian militants who posed as passengers, resulting to the brutal murder of one passenger. The attack lasted only two days but spurred a global concern over the shaping dimensions of maritime terrorism.

IMO focuses on UK’s counter-terrorism work

IMO’s rules and regulations for suppressing unlawful acts against the safety of navigation can be seen in the wider context of the global fight against terrorism. The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate carries out assessment visits to countries to assess their compliance with various international security instruments and UN Security Council resolutions.

A call for immediate response

As geopolitical tensions mount and threats to shipping rise, Alistair Johnston, Maria Borg Barthet and Richard Pryor of international law firm Campbell Johnston Clark suggest existing marine insurance arrangements may need to be re-evaluated.

Potential terror alert reported for Port of Mundra and Kandla

The port authorities, based on specific intel inputs by the security services, have cautioned all Merchant Shipping operating in and around the Gulf of Kutch and in particular Kandla and Mundra ports on the possibility of underwater attacks by potential terror organisations.

10 fishermen kidnapped from vessels off Malaysia

A group of heavily armed men, suspected to be linked to terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, have kidnapped a total of 10 crew men from two fishing vessels in Malaysian waters, in the early morning hours of Tuesday. The two boats were off Lahad Datu’s Tambisan area and heading towards Semporna.

Superferry14: The world’s deadliest terrorist attack at sea

February 27th marks 15 years after the bombing of the ‘SuperFerry 14’, the deadliest terrorist attack in Philippines, which killed a total of 116 people. The blast occurred on 27 February 2004 in Manila Bay, claiming the title of the world’s deadliest terrorist attack at sea until today.

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