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Piracy calls on Iridium now free of charge

An anti-piracy initiative As part of its anti-piracy initiative Iridium reports that it has made all calls from ships equipped with its communications terminals to the UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) centre free of charge, effective immediately.The UKMTO office in Dubai is the primary point of contact between merchant shipping and naval forces patrolling the high piracy risk zone off the Somali coast.UKMTO has direct communication to all naval assets in the area and plays a key role in coordinating the naval response when pirates board and attack ships.Under Iridium's calling plan, all calls to the UKMTO +971 number will be connected through the Iridium network free of charge."As a service to our important maritime customers, we strongly support the improvement of communications for ships who may encounter piracy," said Dan Mercer, vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia, Iridium."Recognising that Iridium can provide a critical communications lifeline in a potentially life-threatening situation, it is our responsibility to support the crew by removing any barriers to free and open communication with authorities."Iridium notes that it has been working with its partners to outfit an increasing number of ships with 'citadels,' where crews can take refuge and ...

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Liberia anti-piracy advisory

Maritime Security Advisory The Republic of Liberia, Bureau of Maritime Affairs, issued an advisory providing updates on procedures for vessel registration with the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA), reporting to United Kingdom Maritime Trade Organization (UKMTO), and anti-piracy distress calling for Liberian flagged vessels transiting the Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and Indian Ocean.To view the Maritime Advisory please click hereSource: The Republic of Liberia

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MV GEMINI pirated off the coast of Kenya

25 personnel on board On 30 April, the product tanker MV GEMINI was pirated approximately 180 NM East of Malindi, Kenya.The 20,989 tonne, Singaporian flagged and owned vessel was on its way to Mombasa (Kenya) from Kuala Tanjung (Malaysia) when it was attacked.The MV GEMINI has a crew of 25 (4 Korean, 13 Indonesians, 3 Mayanmar, 5 Chinese). There is no further information about the crew at present.The MV GEMINI was registered with MSC(HOA) and was reporting to UKMTO.EUNAVFOR are continuing to monitor the situation.Source: EU NAVFOR

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