The MPS-ISAO, Maritime ISAC, Maritime Security Council, and NMLEA Join Forces to Advance Maritime Security Resilience

The Maritime & Port Security ISAO (MPS-ISAO), the Maritime ISAC, the Maritime Security Council (MSC), and the National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA) today announced a collaborative initiative, the “Maritime Security Resilience Alliance” that has unified advancing global Maritime security resilience (physical, cyber, cognitive – disinformation/misinformation) by accelerating information sharing, coordinated response and adoption of … More The MPS-ISAO, Maritime ISAC, Maritime Security Council, and NMLEA Join Forces to Advance Maritime Security Resilience

Crew Kidnapped in Furthest Offshore Act of Piracy Recorded within Gulf of Guinea.

Armed pirates have kidnapped 13 crew off the coast of Benin in West Africa on July 17. The product tanker Curacao Trader was around 244nm South Cotonou / 210nm WSW Bayelsa State Nigeria when eight pirates armed with machine guns boarded her as she was underway. The pirates held all crew members hostage, while they … More Crew Kidnapped in Furthest Offshore Act of Piracy Recorded within Gulf of Guinea.

Allianz: Shipping Losses at Record Low, But Covid-19 Impact and Political Tensions Cloud the Horizon

Safety & Shipping Review 2020: 41 large ships lost worldwide in 2019, down by more than 20% year-on-year and almost 70% over a decade. The number of shipping incidents (2,815) is up, as are claims from machinery issues. Ro-ro vessel safety is a growing concern. Consequences of coronavirus and a sustained economic downturn could threaten … More Allianz: Shipping Losses at Record Low, But Covid-19 Impact and Political Tensions Cloud the Horizon

Crew Kidnappings Surge in Seas Off West Africa, IMB Reports

Violent attacks against ships and their crews have risen in 2020, with 77 seafarers taken hostage or kidnapped for ransom since January, reveals the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest piracy report. The Gulf of Guinea off West Africa is increasingly dangerous for commercial shipping, accounting for just over 90% of maritime kidnappings worldwide. Meanwhile, … More Crew Kidnappings Surge in Seas Off West Africa, IMB Reports

Schiebel CAMCOPTER S100 to Perform Coast Guard Services for European Maritime Safety Agency in Finland

The Finnish Border Guard will operate the CAMCOPTER® S-100 for maritime surveillance purposes. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is offered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and will also extend to Estonia and Sweden. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 will support the Finnish authorities in carrying out Coast Guard functions, such as search and … More Schiebel CAMCOPTER S100 to Perform Coast Guard Services for European Maritime Safety Agency in Finland

ReCAAP Issue Warning of Kidnap in Sabah, Malaysia

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) has issued a further warning of the risk of kidnap in Sabah, Malaysia, following on from their earlier warning on 22 May of 5 armed pirates in the area. On 2nd July ReCAAP received information from the Philippine Coast Guard … More ReCAAP Issue Warning of Kidnap in Sabah, Malaysia

Pirates Kidnap 6 Crew Off Nigerian Coast

Dryad Global, experts in maritime risk and global security, reports that a fishing vessel was attacked on the 24/06/2020 and crew kidnapped. The fishing vessel, the PANOFI FRONTIER, was attacked by several gunmen who approached the vessel by speed boat 61nm South of Cotonou Port. Following a successful boarding, the individuals left the vessel with 6 crew … More Pirates Kidnap 6 Crew Off Nigerian Coast

UN Day of the Seafarer Highlights Sacrifice of Key Workers at Sea During Pandemic

The 2020 Day of the Seafarer pays tribute to unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic: the seafarers who continue to carry essential goods despite facing tremendous challenges, including being stranded on board. Organised by IMO, this year’s campaign calls on governments to take action and formally recognise seafarers as key workers. On 25 June every … More UN Day of the Seafarer Highlights Sacrifice of Key Workers at Sea During Pandemic

Nigerian Navy Rescues 18 Crew Members Onboard Chinese Vessel, Arrests 10

The Nigerian Navy (NN) has rescued 18 crew members onboard a Chinese vessel, MV HAILUFANG II, from pirates’ attack. The Commander Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, Commodore Ibrahim Shettima, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos, 19.5.2020 Commodore Shettima said the crew members comprising Chinese, Ghanaians and Ivoirians were rescued on Thursday 14.5.2020. The crew … More Nigerian Navy Rescues 18 Crew Members Onboard Chinese Vessel, Arrests 10