Philippine troops have safely rescued a Vietnamese sailor, who was seized by Abu Sayyaf terrorists more than nine months ago, off Basilan province, a top military official announced on Monday. The sailor was kidnapped in November 2016 from the bulk carrier Royal 16, together with five more crew men, in the vicinity of Coco Island.
The North of England P&I Club draws attention to a new UKMTO notice which urges vigilance to vessels transiting Bab El Mandeb from the Gulf of Aden, following recent attacks on two vessels which fired upon with small arms and rocket propelled grenades from multiple small skiffs.
The Armed Forces of the Philippine confirmed that Abu Sayyaf group beheaded two Vietnamese sailors, who have been held as hostages for the last eight months. The victims were two of six crew members kidnapped by the ASG, after it hijacked their ship, Royal 16 bulk-carrier, off Basilan waters, in November 2016.
The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 has mandated that the US Coast Guard evaluate 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.
UK P&I Club announced that, as of May 2017, Philippines, Malaysia & Indonesia will launch joint piracy patrols in waters of the Sulu Sea, as, since August last year, there has been an increase in the amount of kidnappings and assaults on local small craft, international pleasure craft and smaller international trading vessels operating in the area.
Some recent incidents involving vessels off the Horn of Africa do not seem to reflect traditional forms of piracy, and could signal major maritime disruptions if an effective response is not developed. OBP examines whether the existing counter-piracy framework can help address these evolving threats.
The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Yemen because of the high security threat level posed by ongoing conflict and terrorist activities.
Combined Maritime Forces warn that Al Qaeda has shifted its focus on Yemeni waterway posing a growing threat to merchant ships transiting the area despite efforts by Yemeni government forces and their allies to repel the Islamist militants.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has issued a Ship Security Advisory to recommend heightened vigilance while transiting off the Southern Philippines and Yemen based on information received from private maritime security company, LSS-SAPU. RMI warns on potential terrorist involvement in attacks on merchant vessels in these areas.
Security should be raised on oil tankers and other merchant fleet tonnage to counter the threat of terrorist attack in the Middle East
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