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USCG issue Port Security Advisory on Yemen anti-terrorism shortcomings

Port Security Advisory (PSA) 1-12 The US Coast Guard (USCG) has just released Port Security Advisory (PSA) 1-12 concerning the modification of conditions of entry on vessels arriving from ports not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures.Specifically, the USCG has determined that the Republic of Yemen is not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures in some of its ports. The ports in the Republic of Yemen that have been found to have effective anti-terrorism measures and have therefore been exempted from taking additional security measures are listed in paragraph B in the Port Security Advisory (PSA).Actions required as listed in paragraphs C and D of this Port Security Advisory take effect for vessels that arrive in the United States on or after September 18, 2012, after visiting certain ports in the Republic of Yemen as one of their last five ports of call.The PSA can be found here.The Department for Homeland Security has also released Docket No. USCG-2012-0279 'Notification of the Imposition of Conditions of Entry for Certain Vessels Arriving to the United States', which can be accessed here.The Federal Register's website can be accessed here.Source: USCG

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Yemen captures 14 Somali pirates in Gulf of Aden

Coast Guard have transferred them to security authorities for investigation Yemen's Costal Guard forces on Sunday captured 14 Somali pirates off the country's island of Socotra in the Gulf of Aden, the defense ministry said."The Yemeni Coastal Guard forces captured 14 Somali pirates off Socotra Island early on Sunday and have transferred them to security authorities for investigation," the ministry said in a brief statement on its website.On April 19, the Yemeni interior ministry said that a Spanish warship helped release nine Yemeni fishermen who were captured by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea.In November, 2011, a Yemeni criminal court sentenced 10 Somalis to 10 years in prison after convicting them of piracy in Yemen's territorial waters, according to the state-run Saba news agency.The Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden, well-known pirate- infested waters between Yemen and Somalia, is the main route for about 25,000 ships every year.Source :Xinhua

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Yemen LNG says expects return to normal exports in May

Six cargoes of LNG cancelled due to attacks Six cargoes of liquefied natural gas exports from Yemen LNG had to be cancelled due to the attack on its supply line last month, but all cargoes will be loaded on schedule in May, Yemen LNG said in a statement.The company said it expects to complete its annual maintenance shutdown on Friday, nine days ahead of the original schedule, which was brought forward after the gas line was sabotaged on March 30."We will increase LNG production to redeliver as much of the cancelled cargoes as possible before year end," Yemen LNG General Manager Francois Rafin said."We are confident in the prompt reinforcement of the surveillance and protection of the pipeline; the mobilization of a new security deployment is already in progress."Yemen's oil and gas pipelines have been repeatedly sabotaged since anti-government protests last year created a power vacuum that militants have exploited.It is not clear if the pipeline has been repaired yet and the company was not available for immediate comment. Source: Reuters

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Somali piracy threatening Yemen

Since 2005, Somali pirates started to move around the Yemeni waters Since 2005, Somali pirates started to move around the Yemeni waters to hijack ships and kidnap crews, asking for millions of dollars as ransoms and causing an ever-increasing problem for Yemen. Somali piracy in the 20th century began with the collapse of the state in 1991.As the security situation deteriorated, the smuggling of illegal immigrants as well as the smuggling weapons began to flourish. The marine forces collapsed and tribal leaders used the lack of security and the spread of their forces over Somali lands to extort tributes from passing ships. Day by day, pirates were threatening ships in the waters off Somalia. The Gulf of Aden became a piracy hotspot with high-profile ships and tankers taken hostage.It was 5pm on Mar. 8, 2005 when two sailing yachts, Mahdi and Gandalf were moving 30 miles off the coast of Aden to Oman. Suddenly, two motor-powered boats, about 25 and 30 feet long with four armed men in each "came very fast directly at us," Rodney Nowlin, a sailor of south Virginia told Noonsite, the global site for cruising sailors.Before these two boats approached, Nowlin said another two boats were ...

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Increased Yemen attacks menace gas exports

Global impact of LNG export stoppage seen limited A surge in attacks on Yemen's oil and gas infrastructure by tribesmen or al Qaeda militants threatens further disruptions or a complete cut in exports.With oil exports at a trickle, the Oct. 15 blast on the vulnerable pipeline feeding Yemen's 6.7 million tonne per year (mtpa) liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal is the more significant development for energy markets."Further attacks on energy assets in Yemen are likely in the next year, even if these only target pipelines rather than larger complexes," said Anna Boyd at consultancy Exclusive Analysis.A source close to the matter said production at Yemen LNG, which is led by French oil company Total , is due to resume at the end of the month after the pipeline was blown up, forcing its operators to declare force majeure."The plant is expected to resume production around October 30," the source told Reuters.Total's press office in Paris could not immediately be reached for comment on the restart date or the force majeure -- a clause provided in contracts that allows buyers or sellers to renege on commitments due to events beyond their control.The attacks on oil and gas pipelines over the ...

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Yemen’s descent into chaos fuels piracy fears

Pirates ignore tonnage belonging to As the Indian Ocean monsoons wane, international shipping companies are bracing themselves for a new season of piracy in the Gulf of Aden, fearing fresh involvement from actors beyond Somalia. The rains and rough seas of the monsoon season which runs from June to September have traditionally seen a lull in activity. But last month two chemical tankers were seized in Omani territorial waters, one at anchorage two miles off Salalah, the sultanate's main southern port. Worldwide, pirate attacks have been increasing.According to the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre, attacks on the world's seas totalled 266 in the first six months of this year, up from 196 incidents in the same period last year. Data published earlier this month showed the worldwide figure had risen to 335 events. Somali involvement stood at 188 incidents, with 24 hijackings, 400 crew members held hostage and eight killed. Now the deteriorating domestic security situation in Yemen is adding to concerns. Sana'a, the capital, has seen days of bloody street battles following the unexpected return of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president. Even in more peaceful times, Mr Saleh's authority outside the Yemeni capital was tenuous."Yemen is spinning apart ...

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Seven men detained by a Spanish warship after attack on French catamaran off Yemen

They killed its skipper - now they have been sent to France to face justice Seven men detained by a Spanish warship after they allegedly attacked a French catamaran off Yemen and killed its skipper have been sent to France to face justice, a judicial official said Wednesday.A Paris investigating magistrate will consider bringing charges against the seven who were arrested on Saturday after troops from the warship boarded their skiff and freed the dead skipper's wife, the officials said.The investigation into the killing is being led by the unit charged with organised crime.A German warship had found the yacht the Tribal Kat belonging to French couple Christian and Evelyne Colombo adrift off Yemen on Thursday after it broadcast a mayday appeal for help.There were signs of struggle, including bullet holes and blood stains, and no one was on board, prompting commanders from the EU's anti-piracy naval task force Atalanta to launch an air and sea search for the attackers.The Spanish warship Galicia chased down a suspicious skiff, stormed it, rescued Evelyne Colombo and arrested the seven alleged pirates.The couple's family was later informed that the 55-year-old captain had been killed during the initial attack and his body thrown overboard.Christian ...

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Yemen coastguards foil piracy attack on oil tanker

They intervened to prevent the hijacking Yemen Coastguards foiled an attempt to hijack a Panamanian oil tanker by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, said the coastguard Ali Albarati on Wednesday.A coastal defense commander told reporters that a naval force patrol had detected the attempt on Tuesday and intervened to prevent the hijacking. The oil tanker continued on its way to the Port of Aden, he said."The naval forces and coastal defense forces are vigilantly protecting all Yemeni territorial waters and attempts to intercept navigation shall not be tolerated... Our forces are running round-the-clock patrols to detect any pirate ships and fishing vessels that enter our waters without permission," the commander said.Source: Yemen Observer

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Somali pirates use Yemen island as fuel base

A greater hazard to shipping Somali pirates have been using Yemen's remote Horn of Africa island of Socotra as a refueling hub enabling their attack craft to stay restocked for longer periods at sea and pose a greater hazard to shipping, maritime sources say.Despite an international naval presence in the region, seaborne gangs have been exploiting political turmoil in Yemen to pick up fuel, and possibly other supplies including food, sources told Reuters."Socotra has been used for months if not longer," said Michael Frodl, with C-LEVEL maritime risk consultancy and an adviser to Lloyd's of London underwriters, citing intelligence reports he was privy to."It is perhaps the most important refueling hub for hijacked merchant vessels used as motherships, especially those operating between the Gulf of Aden and India's western waters, mainly off Oman and increasingly closer to the Strait of Hormuz.""A hijacked merchant vessel, unlike a hijacked dhow, has a voracious thirst for fuel and needs a very well stocked refueling station," Frodl said.A Yemen government official said authorities around a month ago had captured 20 people believed to be pirates on the island and handed them over to authorities in Yemen's nearby southern port city of al-Mukalla on the ...

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Raising security in Yemen s ports

A matter of great importance Yemen's ports have boosted security in recent weeks, port and maritime sources say, as international concern grows that the country's slide into chaos could embolden militants based there.Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country and neighbour to the world's biggest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, relies heavily on its sea lanes for trade. Aden is Yemen's biggest port and one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Mukalla is a smaller port situated in the Gulf of Aden.Other terminals serving Yemen include Saleef, Hodeidah and Mokha on the Red Sea, the oil export terminal at Ash Shihr, and the LNG export terminal at Balhaf."Security at the ports - the gateways to Yemen - remains a matter of great importance to the three port corporations which have responsibility for ports," said Roy Facey, port development adviser to the Port of Aden. "And measures have been taken to harden the boundaries around key facilities," he told Reuters.Maritime specialists familiar with the ports said new razor wire barriers had been installed around some of these facilities and armed guards had been posted at gates where previously unarmed watchmen were responsible for entry points.The Yemen Coastguard continues to protect the ...

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