• Hire Suspended for Vessel Seized by Pirates16 July 2019, 9:00 pm
    The Commercial Court dismissed a shipowners’ claim for hire exceeding USD 4.5 million for the period that the vessel ‘Eleni P’ was seized and detained by Somali pirates in the Arabian sea. In this decision the court applied fundamental principles of contractual construction in a time charter context. The vessel was captured by pirates during ...
  • Piracy incidents down in the waters off Nigeria16 July 2019, 9:00 am
    The number of hijackings and armed attacks on ships sailing off Nigeria has dropped according to new figures from the International Piracy Reporting Centre, IMB. Fire shots at ships, assault and hostage taking of crew members. Pirate attacks have long been a serious threat, creating insecurity for both crew members and shipping companies. But new ...
  • Merchant ships urged to avoid using private armed teams in Mideast Gulf14 July 2019, 9:00 pm
    Shipping companies sailing through the Middle East Gulf are being urged to avoid having private armed security guards onboard as the risk of escalation in the region rises, industry associations say. Relations between Iran and the West have become increasingly strained after Britain seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar last week and London said its ...
  • Nigeria’s Waters As Haven for Pirates14 July 2019, 9:00 pm
    The recent admission by the former Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, that the security situation in the maritime sector has become bad and last Monday’s Q2 report by the International Maritime Bureau naming Nigeria as a hotbed of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, leaves much to be desired. As stakeholders in the nation’s ...
  • UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 7 – 13 July 201914 July 2019, 2:00 pm
    Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week. Source: UKMTO (United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations)
  • Shipping at the spotlight of terrorism12 July 2019, 9:00 pm
    Is terrorism the new norm for shipping? THE STORY On the 13/06/2019, two oil tankers were victim to what has been described as “sabotage” attacks in the Gulf of Oman, leaving one ablaze and both adrift. Following, a similar incident involving four tankers, which took place one month ago, on the 12th of May, 2019. ...
  • IRGC(N) Vessels Attempt to Interdict and Disrupt UK Vessel Within Persian Gulf11 July 2019, 9:00 pm
    Reports indicate Iranian IRGC(N) vessels attempted to impede the movements of a commercial tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. The vessel in question, the British-flagged crude oil tanker British Heritage, was escorted by the Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose, which moved between the tanker and the approaching vessels, and issued a verbal warning. HMS Montrose ...
  • Weekly Maritime Security Report11 July 2019, 1:00 pm
    East Africa and the Indian Ocean Yemen: Skiffs approach merchant vessel in Bab el-Mandeb 01 July A merchant vessel transiting through the Bab el-Mandeb was approached by three skiffs each with five persons on board, during the early morning hours of 1 July. The incident occurred at approximately 1140 hrs local time. The three skiffs ...
  • China refutes rumor of ship escort plan at Malacca Strait11 July 2019, 9:00 am
    A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson refuted rumours about China’s planning to send warships to Malacca Strait for escorting its own vessels. According to a notice from the Ministry of Transport, the security level for Chinese vessels sailing through the Strait of Malacca has been upgraded to its highest, Level Three. Rumours have it that China ...
  • Ship operators cannot afford to turn a blind eye to cyber security10 July 2019, 9:00 pm
    In its recent Marine Safety Alert 06-19 (here), the United States Coast Guard (USCG) shares its findings from an investigation into a cyber incident onboard a commercial vessel: “In February 2019, a deep draft vessel on an international voyage bound for the Port of New York and New Jersey reported that they were experiencing a ...
  • Saudi Reporting Regarding WBIED Threat Against Commercial Vessels Within Red Sea10 July 2019, 9:00 pm
    Reports from Saudi sources indicate that naval units associated with the Saudi-led coalition currently operating in Yemen have prevented an attempted attack upon commercial vessels in the Southern Red Sea/Bab-El-Mandeb Strait. The Saudi reports state that the attempted attack was conducted by Houthi militias, who are currently operating primarily within the port of Hodeida, West ...
  • U.S. Coast Guard Issues Alert After Ship Heading Into Port Of New York Hit By Cyberattack10 July 2019, 5:00 pm
    The U.S. Coast Guard has issued an official warning to owners of ships that cybersecurity at sea needs updating, and updating urgently. In the Marine Safety Alert published June 8, the Coast Guard “strongly encourages” that cybersecurity assessments are conducted to “better understand the extent of their cyber vulnerabilities.” This follows an interagency investigation, led ...
  • Gulf of Guinea remains a high-risk area for seafarers9 July 2019, 9:00 pm
    Of the 75 seafarers taken hostage onboard or kidnapped for ransom worldwide so far this year, 62 were captured in the Gulf of Guinea – off the coasts of Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Benin and Cameroon, states the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) in its half-year report published on 8 July 2019. Armed pirates in these high-risk ...
  • Seas off West Africa world’s worst for pirate attacks, IMB reports8 July 2019, 9:00 pm
    The seas around West Africa remain the world’s most dangerous for piracy, the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest report reveals. Of the 75 seafarers taken hostage onboard or kidnapped for ransom worldwide so far this year, 62 were captured in the Gulf of Guinea – off the coasts of Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Benin and Cameroon. ...
  • How to Sink the Pirates Plaguing West Africa7 July 2019, 9:00 pm
    Remember those Somali pirates? Earlier this decade, they brazenly hijacked giant oil tankers, demanded ransoms in the millions of dollars, and gave Tom Hanks yet another chance to play the everyman overcoming a life-defining crisis. Now, thanks to a multinational naval crackdown and tighter security measures by shippers, they’ve been forced back to dry land. ...
  • ‘No immediate threat’ to ships in Straits of Malacca and Singapore, says MPA7 July 2019, 5:00 pm
    There has been no information on immediate threats to ships sailing through the Straits of Malacca and Singapore or to Singapore-registered ships, said the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). MPA was responding to media queries on China raising its security warning to the highest level for its vessels heading through the Straits of ...
  • UKMTO Weekly Piracy Report 30 June – 6 July 20197 July 2019, 2:00 pm
    Warnings, advisories and piracy incidents in the Indian Ocean Area by the UKMTO in the past week. Source: UKMTO (United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations)
  • Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report5 July 2019, 9:00 am
    Select Maritime News Brazil: Authorities seize 530 kg of cocaine at Paranagua port 26 June Authorities seized 530 kg of cocaine hidden inside a cargo container at Paranagua port. Authorities found the narcotics during a routine check. The narcotics were bound for Rotterdam port in the Netherlands. Greece: Port employees to strike in Athens, Thessaloniki ...
  • China increases threat level – Straits of Malacca4 July 2019, 9:00 am
    Dryad has received reporting indicating that China has raised the security level for Chinese-flagged vessels heading through the Strait of Malacca to the highest threat warning available, MARSEC Level 3. This reporting has been verified, and was released in an official statement from the Chinese Ministry of Transport. The threat warning advice was applied as ...
  • Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia2 July 2019, 9:00 pm
    During 25 Jun -1 Jul 19, one Category 2 incident and one attempted incident of armed robbery against ships in Asia were reported to ReCAAP ISC. The Category 2 incident occurred at Taboneo Anchorage, Kalimantan, Indonesia on 23 May 19 when perpetrators armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier, confronted the crew, stole ship stores ...