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Workshop to promote counter-terrorism treaties in South and South-East Asia

IMO and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), IMO security and counter-terrorism treaties, such as SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the suppression of unlawful acts (SUA) instruments, conducted a cross-regional workshop in Bali, Indonesia to support the implementation of the treaties in South and South-East Asia for terrorist attacks. The workshop took place on 5 to 8 of February. 

US announces conditions of entry for certain vessels arriving from Iraq

The US Coast Guard will impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving from certain ports in Iraq. Conditions of entry aim to protect the US from vessels arriving from countries that have been found to have deficient anti-terrorism port measures in place. The conditions of entry will apply from October 26, 2018.

Yemeni navy seizes Houthis explosive-loaded boat in Red Sea

The Yemeni Navy managed to prevent an attempt by Houthi rebels against ships in the Red Sea. According to initial reports, Yemeni forces seized a a booby-trapped, explosives-loaded boat sent by the Houthis to attack international ships in the area. 

Houthis attacks on commercial ships thwarted

A Saudi-led military coalition thwarted attacks by the Houthis. Namely, the movement used explosives-laden speedboats against commercial vessels, according to a Saudi-led coalition’s spokesman. Earlier this week, the Houthis informed that they conducted an operation in Saudi waters, during which they hit a military target.

Saudi Arabia continues oil exports in Red Sea

Saudi Arabia informed during the weekend that the oil shipments through the strategic Red Sea shipping lane of Bab al-Mandeb are now continued. Saudi Arabia had imposed a temporary halting of all oil shipments through Bab al-Mandeb, after Houthis rebels attacked two Saudi Very Large Crude Carriers in the Red Sea on July 25.

Why Saudi Arabia halted oil exports in Red Sea

Saudi Arabia announced a temporary halting of all oil shipments through the Red Sea shipping lane of Bab al-Mandeb, after Houthis attacked two Saudi Very Large Crude Carriers in the Red Sea. Saudi Arabia may have proceeded to this move to persuade its Western allies that the Houthis are more dangerous than they think.

Saudi Arabia halts oil exports in Red Sea after Houthis attack two ships

Saudi Arabia announced a temporary halting of all oil shipments through the Red Sea shipping lane of Bab al-Mandeb, after Houthis rebels attacked two Saudi Very Large Crude Carriers in the Red Sea on Wednesday morning, slightly damaging one of them, according to a statement by Minister Khalid al-Falih.

Conflict and piracy threat remain in East Africa and Indian Ocean

Regional conflict and piracy threats continue to pose potential risks to commercial vessels operating in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, and Indian Ocean, warned the US MARAD. US flagged commercial vessels are advised to avoid entering or loitering near Yemen’s Red Sea ports.

UNODC event offers closer look at maritime law interpretation

A workshop has taken place in Sri Lanka, Colombo, on 18-20 June, where maritime law experts and practitioners from around the world met to participate in two main sessions aimed at gathering State practice and interpretation information related to international legal instruments. 

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