Singapore: Piracy incidents in Southeast Asia continue to rise, with the exception of around Indonesia, and the final few months of this year could see a spike in incidents, according to the UK’s Dryad Maritime. The risk specialists noted that in the third quarter there were five further hijackings of product tankers for cargo theft, four of these occurred in the vicinity of Singapore and are assessed by Dryad as being carried out by the same gang. Dryad judges that a different gang carried out the Andaman Sea incident in order to refuel their mother ship.Read more »
Dubai: Heavy monsoon weather over the past quarter helped ensure there were no piracy attacks at all in the Gulf of Aden.
However, the UK’s Dryad Maritime warns this might change. In a report yesterday, the risk specialist stated: “With calm seas and light winds across the Arabian Sea and Somali Basin during the next two months, conditions will be well within operating limits for pirate skiffs.”
Singapore: The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) has revealed that the Vietnamese product tanker, Sunrise 689, which went missing on October 3 having left Singapore the day before, has been located following a giant search by plane and sea by many nation’s coast guards.Read more »
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Singapore: The regional piracy watchdog, ReCAAP has issued a report on the growing trend of maritime fuel theft. Figures for the first seven months show that incidents of fuel syphoning has leapt over the recent past.
“Attributing to the surge in the number of incidents are various factors, including the market price of fuel/oil, the demand for fuel/oil in underground markets, the absence of authorities in locations where the siphoning occurred which in most instances, were outside areas of jurisdiction,” ReCAAP noted.
Singapore: Could the sudden spike in piracy in the region be linked to a recently released prisoner or two? That’s one of the theories posited in SeaShip News’ special investigation into the Southeast Asian piracy scourge, and how best to tackle the rising threat.Read more »
Singapore: Piracy around the Malacca Straits is very much back in the news, with the United Nations saying the region has now surpassed West and East Africa to become the global hotspot for piracy. In particular, small product tankers have been targeted by robbers in the past three months. In the final week of June alone there were five reported incidents.Read more »
Piracy around the Malacca Straits is very much back in the news, with the United Nations saying the region has now surpassed West and East Africa to become the global hotspot for piracy. In particular, small product tankers have been targeted by robbers in the past three months. In the final week of June alone there were five reported incidents.Read more »
Singapore: Once again authorities in the region are hunting a missing product tanker, a likely target of pirates. On Friday, the Honduras registered product tanker Moresby 9 carrying 2,200 metric tonnes of MGO was boarded by unknown number of perpetrators at or about 1938 hrs 34 nautical miles from the Anambas IslandsRead more »
Singapore: Following on from the recent announcement of its global expansion plans, Guardian Maritime Ltd, producers of Guardian anti-piracy barriers, has signed a deal with Sinwa Group, one of Asia Pacific’s leading marine supply and logistics companies, for it to become its first dual stockist and agent outside of the UK.Read more »
London: A British team have come up with what they believe is the ultimate piracy panic room, namely a converted twenty foot container. The secure box works both onshore and at sea.
Mike Samways, managing director of Crewshield and a former boarding officer with the UK’s Royal Navy, explains why he thinks the system he invented has such potential.Read more »
A recommendation of BMP4, and currently the most common piracy deterrent used, razor wire on a ship’s perimeter is a controversial choice. For the owner it poses a serious conundrum; the need to protect the ship and crew from possible pirate attacks alongside the very real fear of crew suffering a serious injury or infection from handling both new and rusty razor wire.Read more »
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Portsmouth: Dryad Maritime is branching out. What started out as a dedicated maritime intelligence company is now offering a far wider range of services. The tagline of the firm reflects this change, now describing the UK outfit as a maritime operations company.Read more »
Athens: Shipowners are still being hoodwinked when it comes to choosing a private maritime security company (PMSC), says one of the best known faces in the sector.
“The majority of owners still just look at price,” says Panos Moraitis, ceo of Greek PMSC Aspida. “There are too many cowboys in the industry still,” he adds.Read more »
Singapore: Another tanker has been attacked in Southeast Asia as the region increasingly becomes the global hotspot for piracy. A product tanker, Ai Maru, belonging to Canter Marine, a Singapore registered Japanese owner, left Singapore for the Gulf of Thailand on Saturday carrying 1,520 tonnes of marine gas oil.Read more »
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia in hunting for a group of pirates who hijacked a tanker off its eastern coast and robbed 100,000 metric tonnes of petroleum on board.
"We have activated 24-hour sea patrols around Bintulu waters to prevent similar attacks," said Mohamad Sufi Mohamad Ramli, a local commander with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. "We are hunting down the pirates," he added.
Bangkok: Following the Thai oil tanker MT Orapin 4 which was hijacked by pirates last month, the third attack on Thai ships since April, Thai shipowners have called for weapoms on cargo ships.
Phumin Harinsut, president of the Thai Shipowners’ Association, said the deployment of weapons on civilian cargo vessels is illegal under Thai law, which makes them sitting ducks for pirates. He said the association has been working for over two years to push for law changes to allow weapons on cargo vessels.