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.
SAMI stresses the need after Suez Canal terrorist attack and urges shipping to check security plans
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