Maritime Security Updates Archive

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  • More Maritime security operatives facing increasing criminalisation
    29th May 2014
    Concerns are being raised across the maritime security industry over the increasing criminalisation of security operatives.
  • More Facts and figures about Private Maritime Security Companies
    28th May 2014
    Armed guards embarked on merchant vessels are a very recent development. By and large, however, they have been very successful and private maritime security companies could even expand their services in the future.
  • More Sharp rise in maritime security staff screenings
    28th May 2014
    Maritime security companies in the UK have stepped up drug and alcohol screening of their staff in the wake of the Maersk Alabama tragedy earlier this year.
  • More Videotel adds Working with Maritime Security Guards
    22nd May 2014
    Videotel has made a new addition to its armoury of training materials with the creation of a brand new program – Working with Maritime Security Guards – which has been developed in conjunction with the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) and BIMCO.
  • More Interpretation of ISPS Clauses
    21st May 2014
    The ISPS Code is a very important part of both maritime legislation and practical security. The focus on compliance goes beyond crew training and ship board drills, it is also important for chartering teams to understand what the Code means and how clauses dealing with it can impact contractual relationships.
  • More Sea Transportation Fighting Piracy Pays Off
    20th May 2014
    The sharp reduction in pirate activity off the Somali coast since 2010 has cut the annual cost (for anti-piracy measures) to shipping companies in half (to about $3 billion). That is a huge relief to the shipping companies, the sailors on those ships and the people of East Africa who saw imports get a bit more expensive to pay for the increased security costs.
  • More UK declares strategy for maritime security
    19th May 2014
    The strategy released by the Ministry of Defence, outlines, for the first time, the UK’s approach to delivering maritime security at home and internationally, setting out how the UK organises and uses its extensive national capabilities to identify, assess and address maritime security challenges.
  • More No Time for Complacency on Piracy
    15th May 2014
    There is evidence that the piracy business model has been fractured. However, it is far from broken yet. And the root causes of piracy need to be addressed: while the symptoms occur at sea, the origin of the problem is on land. Piracy remains a complex issue fuelled by weak rule of law, instability and poverty. So the counter-piracy effort of the international community must continue. This week the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia meets under the chairmanship of the European Union for its sixteenth plenary session at the UN Headquarters in New York.
  • More Somali pirate gets 41 years for attack on US Navy ship
    15th May 2014
    A federal judge Wednesday sentenced a Somali pirate to 41 years in prison after rejecting a prosecutor's call for a mandatory life term.
  • More Port security going geospatial but cyber security remains a hurdle
    14th May 2014
    Geospatial systems are becoming a keenly valued capability for port security measures, wherein security teams have found an advantage in advanced surveillance and tracking of the immediate area.
  • More European Union to host counter piracy meeting in New York
    14th May 2014
    The European Union, this year's chair of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, will host the Group's 16th Plenary in New York on May 14.
  • More Somalia Weekly Security and Defence Analysis Special EU Piracy Edition
    10th May 2014
    The Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force has issued a renewed warning that the Somali pirates are still determined to get out to sea (both Red Sea and Indian Ocean) and, if presented with an easy target, will attack.
  • More Enforcing the Law: An Economic Approach to Maritime Piracy and its Control
    9th May 2014
    Modern day maritime piracy is a world-wide phenomenon that poses a serious threat to international shipping. An economic approach to the control of maritime piracy is based on the general economic theory of law enforcement that views offenders (pirates) as rational decision makers who would respond to threatened punishments. However, implementation of optimal enforcement policies is impeded by lack of cooperation in the apprehension and prosecution of pirates as a result of free rider problems. In this sense, controlling maritime piracy is subject to similar problems as the prosecution of the global war on terror and the anti-drug war.
  • More IONS and the Indian Ocean: reviving a listless initiative
    9th May 2014
    Despite an enthusiastic start in 2008, the only pan Indian Ocean Region maritime security initiative, IONS, had fallen into strategic inertia, threatened by creeping irrelevance. Will the growing interest of China and other external powers along with a change of Chairmanship revive this forum?
  • More Reports show Somali piracy costs take dip
    7th May 2014
    The cost of Somali piracy to the global economy fell by almost half last year as attacks slumped, but piracy in West Africa was on the rise, an annual security report said on Wednesday.
  • More Enduring threat of global piracy
    2nd May 2014
    The hijacking of a tanker on 22 April 2014 was a clear sign of the continued threat of piracy in the Strait of Malacca. Far from being eradicated by multinational sea and air patrols, piracy has evolved and adapted. While the threat of larger vessels being commandeered has largely dissipated, the number of what are, in effect, armed robberies has been increasing. The theft of oil products from vessels transiting the strait has become more common, perhaps inspired by pirates off West Africa.
  • More Hacking on the high seas
    26th April 2014
    As more devices are hooked up online, so they become more vulnerable to attack. As industries like maritime and energy connect ships, containers and rigs to computer networks, they expose weaknesses that hackers can exploit.
  • More West African Piracy: 7 Trends You Need to Know
    25th April 2014
    Maritime piracy – and piracy in West Africa in particular – is the consequence of an assortment of social, economic and political dysfunctions. The depth of the problem makes it difficult to understand and its fluidity makes it problematic to solve.
  • More Piracy: lowest first quarter figures since 2007
    24th April 2014
    The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has revealed that piracy on the world’s seas is at its lowest first-quarter level since 2007, but warns that the threat is still present.
  • More Piracy and floating armouries in the Indian Ocean: risk or a solution? an analysis
    23rd April 2014
    Rising trends in piracy in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Somalia, over the last few years have forced States to adopt innovative and collaborative approaches as effective counter-measures. The once tabooed private military (sic) security companies (PMSCs) are an attractive option today, which has triggered a huge demand for it. As of 2013, close to 140 security firms reportedly operated in the Northern Indian Ocean, the bulk of which were conceived in 2011.
  • More High-tech hijacking off West Africa
    17th April 2014
    Most attacks in West African waters are part of a long running criminal programme of cargo theft or kidnapping and ransom inside territorial waters, and not piracy says maritime security company GoAGT.
  • More Maritime piracy: a chronic but manageable threat
    15th April 2014
    Are fragile states and bad governance responsible for maritime piracy? On the contrary, argues Bridget Coggins. Pirates also benefit from stable governments that provide easy access to corrupt officials and a steady stream of high value targets.
  • More Maritime Security handbook on stowaways launched by the Nautical Institute
    10th April 2014
    Improvements in security have not reduced the number of stowaways or the number of incidents and it is seafarers who have to cope with the extra work, delay, uncertainty and possible violence. This is why the Nautical Institute has launched the Maritime Security Handbook: stowaways by sea, aimed at helping people who have to deal with stowaways by giving advice on the preparation and training that is needed both onboard and ashore.
  • More Why Brazil is Africa's most important maritime security ally
    8th April 2014
    Brazil has a strong relationship with the West Coast of Africa, primarily based on the joint stewardship of the South Atlantic Ocean. Brazil has also given military equipment to a number of West African nations, including maritime patrol aircraft to Cape Verde and OPVs to the Namibian Navy in order to enhance the security of this important maritime domain.
  • More Leading maritime intelligence agency calls for urgent dialogue to prevent Somali piracy resurgence
    7th April 2014
    A White Paper published 7th April 2014, by Dryad Maritime, the UK’s leading maritime intelligence agency has outlined how a shift in US foreign policy could spark a resurgence of piracy East of Suez and in the Indian Ocean in the next 18 months.
  • More German Navy releases video of Somali pirates hijacking German vessel in 2010
    1st April 2014
    On 5 April 2010, Somali pirates hijacked the German MV Taipan in the Indian Ocean. A few hours later, Dutch marines boarded the container vessel, arresting ten pirates who in the end faced trial in a German court. While the role of the Dutch boarding team had been highlighted in news reports (because the Dutch released video footage of the boarding soon; see below), the role of a German Maritime Reconnaissance and Patrol Aircraft (MRPA) Orion P-3C, call sign Jester, was rarely acknowledged. Four years after the hijacking, the German Navy has released video footage taken from the aircraft.
  • Stopping West African piracy is vital for Europe’s energy security
    28th March 2014
    The Crimea crisis has focused attention on the question of Europe’s energy supplies. To a great extent Europe depends on Russia for its oil and gas, which gives Vladimir Putin disproportionate political leverage. One of the biggest possible alternative suppliers is the Gulf of Guinea, but which is also a world epicentre of maritime crime.
  • More Somali pirates trial: Deposition of 18 foreigners begins in Mumbai
    26th March 2014
    Mumbai: The 18 foreign witnesses will begin deposition in the videoconferencing trial of the 120 Somali pirates, who are facing charges of murder, hijacking a ship and waging war against the Indian government, in a city court from Wednesday.
  • More IMB PRC Live Piracy Report of suspicious approach in Red Sea
    23rd March 2014
    23.03.2014: 0630 UTC: Posn: 13:18N – 042:52E, Red Sea. Five skiffs with three persons in each approached a chemical tanker underway at high speed.
  • More West Africa: Pirate Attack 20 March 2014
    20th March 2014
    A Liberia-flagged oil tanker was attacked by four pirates in a speedboat at about 0130 LT in position 04:14N-005:00E, around 40nm off Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
  • More Puntland Maritime Police Force operating three Thrush aircraft for maritime surveillance
    19th March 2014
    The Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) has taken delivery of three second-hand Ayres S2R Thrush aircraft which it is using to conduct maritime surveillance and security patrols in support of the regional crackdown on piracy.
  • More Ghana Navy Conference examines security in the Gulf of Guinea
    19th March 2014
    Coastal and Maritime Surveillance Africa 2014 conference examining threats, challenges, opportunities in the Gulf of Guinea
  • More Nigeria: Two Agip Crew Kidnapped
    14th March 2014
    Reports suggest that Nigerian gunmen attacked two tugs belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) on Wednesday. The tugs were apparently in Nembe waterways in the heartland of kidnapping, Bayelsa State
  • More 2014: Piracy, Terrorism & Diverse Maritime Threats
    14th March 2014
    A 5% global decline in reported incidents of piracy and armed robbery at sea is outweighed by the changing threat the maritime community is facing in the Gulf of Guinea, according to the RiskMap Maritime analysis, Control Risks’ authoritative guide to risks for the maritime community in 2014.
  • More Latest piracy analysis from OPINTEL
    10th March 2014
    The latest US Maritime OPINTEL analysis and weekly report covers the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Guinea.
  • More Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea: Oil Soaked Pirates
    10th March 2014
    Tanker hijackings aimed at large-scale cargo theft first appeared off Benin in December 2010 and spread to the waters of Nigeria, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, and Angola in subsequent years.
  • More Seychelles, Mauritius join Indian Ocean maritime security group
    7th March 2014
    The Indian Ocean-centred maritime security trilateral between India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives will be expanded to include Seychelles and Mauritius.
  • More Surge in Gulf of Guinea kidnap incidents
    7th March 2014
    The UK’s leading maritime intelligence provider, Dryad Maritime, recently issued a special advisory warning all of its shipping clients on the increased threat of crew kidnap in the Gulf of Guinea. Since the issue of Dryad’s warning, two further attacks on vessels have taken place within a single week as two Nigerian flagged vessels were targeted by maritime criminals on consecutive days, resulting in the kidnap of six crew members.
  • More Why Benefits of the ISPS Code outweigh its burdens from volume of paperwork
    6th March 2014
    Every initiative has positive and negative sides. This applies equally to the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. Whilst it may be true that the ISPS Code introduced a new burden by way of the volume of paperwork it generates, it benefits outweigh the burdens.
  • (US) Court holds federal high seas piracy statute unconstitutional
    5th March 2014
  • Avoiding temptation at Sea
    4th March 2014
    The recent deaths of two security operatives on board the Maersk Alabama highlighted an acute concern amongst the shipping community: the threat of substance abuse.
  • Maritime piracy infographic, 2013
    3rd March 2014
  • The changing dynamic of West African maritime crime 2013/2014
    28th February 2014
    Kidnappings up 85%, overall maritime crime up 21%, successful hijack for cargo theft down by 50%: the ever shifting threat in West Africa.
  • Guidance on security certification for seafarers agreed
    25th February 2014
    Guidance on training and certification requirements for ship security officers and seafarers with designated security duties has been agreed by the IMO, to address practical difficulties seafarers have reportedly experienced in obtaining the necessary security certification under the 2010 Manila amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and STCW Code.
  • Somali piracy profits go to investors
    22nd February 2014
    Somali piracy has become a big business that profits large criminal kingpins as well as small investors in the diaspora, even as international efforts have cut back on their earnings, according to European Union and US officials.
  • IMB PRC Live Piracy Report of warning shots fired off Nigeria
    19th February 2014
    Incident 029-14: 19.02.2014: 0445 LT: Posn: 03:57N – 005:18E, 26nm SW of Pennington Oil Terminal, Nigeria. Six pirates in a small boat approached a tanker under way and tried to hook on a boarding ladder. Alarm raised and vessel immediately started taking evasive manoeuvres. The pirates tried to hook on the ladder several times at different positions along the port and starboard quarters. The on board armed security team fired warning shots resulting in the pirates aborting the attempt and moving away.
  • Two Security Officers found dead on Maersk Alabama
    19th February 2014
    The Seychelles Police confirmed that two male security officers on board container ship Maersk Alabama were discovered dead on the ship moored in Port Victoria late in the afternoon of Tuesday 18 February 2014.
  • Ghana Navy moves to counter piracy and drugs smuggling in Gulf of Guinea
    18th February 2014
    Ghana's Chief of Naval Staff is convening a conference of senior international admirals and naval experts to find solutions to further providing security in the Gulf of Guinea.
  • Angola: Italian Naval Group Seeks Cooperation in Maritime Security
    17th February 2014
    The 30th Naval Group of the Italian Navy wants to set up cooperation with friendly countries, particularly Angola, in maritime security, through joint exercises and training to develop the capacity of this branch of the military forces.
  • Suspected pirates attack Kenyan ship off coast of Somalia
    14th February 2014
    A Kenyan-based merchant vessel was attacked by suspected Somali pirates off the coast of Somalia on Friday in the first such attack this year. Kenya's maritime official said the MV Andrea, was attacked by assailants aboard a white hulled skiff while underway to the port of Mogadishu, Somalia.
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