Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management released an announcement demanding to be granted access to the vessel ‘Stena Impero’ to conduct a full assessment. However, they are still waiting for a response from Iranian authorities. They also stated that there is no current evidence the ship has breached any maritime rules or regulations, and they supported ‘the professionalism and conduct of the crew of the Stena Impero.’
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The ReCAAP ISC published the Guidance on Abduction of Crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters off Eastern Sabah. Between 2016 and 2019, a total of 29 incidents of abduction of crew, consisting of 18 actual incidents and 11 attempted incidents, were reported to ReCAAP ISC.
Iran has released nine of the 12 Indian crew members on board the seized Panamanian-flagged oil tanker M/T Riah, after claims that the ship was transporting around 1 million liters of smuggled fuel. As the Indian Ministry for External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kuma informed, the nine sailors were released and are now on their way to India soon.
India’s Ministry of Shipping and Finance announced the establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Group to deal with maritime security issues arising from potential hijacking of merchant vessels with Indian crew. An additional series of anti–piracy measures have been put in place for Indian-flagged vessels.
Sailors’ Society launched a Crisis Response Centre to support seafarers in need throughout sub-Saharan Africa
The MPHRP offers ongoing support to piracy survivors.
MPHRP attended and participated in this year’s Expanded ASEAN Seafarer Training Counter Piracy Workshop (EAST-CP), Manila, Philippines.
The Nederlandse Zeemancentrale (Dutch Seamen’s Association) has generously supported the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Fund
A two-day Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Awareness Campaign updated the seafarer public in Luneta Park, Manila of MPHRP’s programmes and services
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