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PIRACY TAKES A LEAP   Leave a comment

Singapore-based anti-piracy organisation, ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC), has highlighted an increase of 16% year-on-year (y/y) in the numbers of reported sea robbery and piracy incidents for 1H14. From January to June 2014, ReCAAP ISC recorded a total of 73 incidents, compared to 61 incidents for the first half of 2013. Of the 73 incidents, 69 of them were actual cases of robbery and piracy against ships, while the remaining four were attempted incidents. ReCAAP ISC has said that it is also very concerned with the increase to five Category 1 (very significant) incidents of fuel/oil siphoning that occurred in 1H14.



Posted August 3, 2014 by rrts in -NEWS


Pirates have shot a seafarer in the neck after boarding an anchored product tanker, two miles off Teluk Ramunia, Malaysia, on Friday.


According to sources, cash, PERSONAL belongings and possibly fuel were stolen by the seven armed Indonesians that boarded the tanker MT Ji Xiang which is registered in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.


Local authorities were able to intervene, and in their haste to escape, the pirates left two pistols and a machete on the vessel which was carrying 14 crew comprising seven Myanmars, a China national and six Indonesians.


A maritime patrol BOAT gave chase but lost them in the waters off a neighbouring country. The seafarer who was shot is now recovering in hospital.


For Lieutenant (Military Retired) Dave Daniel Rachimi, CEO of the maritime security organization, World MarSec Union, help in this sort of situation is often too late, too little and too far away. “With endless heartbreaking results for seafarers, shipowners, and OFFICERS at sea, we all know the results of piracy,” he said.


“It is plain to see that the authorities in and around the waters of Singapore do not react or are not equipped to react to any emergent situation in order to secure ships in these dangerous waters. The Union knows, however, that under these dangerous conditions it takes just four savvy armed guards to secure any mission.”

It is time for action, he says. “Since the beginning of this year seven confirmed hijacks have taken place in the South MALAYSIAN waters, among them the tanker MT Ji Xiang, MT Orapin 4 and MT Oriental Glory.


“It is financially practicable to place three armory vessels along the main shipping routes of the Straits of Malacca (north, center, and south) and then give all commercial shipowners the option to secure their ships, without needing to challenge the local authorities with endless begging for weapons and port entry permits with arms that will never come. The model of armed secured and savvy armory vessels in international waters that is being employed in the Red Sea and Fujairah can also be employed in the Straits of Malacca.”


Posted August 2, 2014 by rrts in -NEWS


“Piracy Hotspot is Shifting”…

Vice-Admiral Hans-Joachim Stricker, ex-commander of the German fleet and President of the German Maritime Institute, thinks the industry in security matters is on a good path. But challenges remain.

Proper maritime safety tactics affect not only the safety on board, which is ensured with technical regulations, training of crews and life preservers. External threats of terrorism and piracy remains a key challenge in the shipping industry.

The security measures of the shipping companies bear fruit. “We have an international network that found good solutions and made oceans safe again,” says Hans-Joachim Stricker, Vice Admiral, former commander of the German fleet and President of the German Maritime Institute. Stricker is also Chairman of MS & D, an international conference on maritime security and defense, as part of SMM 2014. In an interview,Stricker talks about the challenges facing the industry, and the conference program.

SMM takes place from September 9-12, 2014 – held at the Hamburg Fair site.

How safe international shipping is today?

Stricker: “This must be answered differentiated. Piracy off the Horn off Africa, which has provided us a long time with great challenges, we got in the last two years a better grip. Here more and more pirate attacks on merchant ships could be successfully defended. One reason is certainly the military protection under the EU-led Operation Atalanta. Prior to West Africa but there is a new hotspot. In the Gulf of Guinea militia-like organized pirates to blackmail especially ransom to finance their fight on land can. The danger, therefore, not banned, only the hotspot is shifting. ”

What are the latest developments in the threat scenarios or which hot spots you identify?

Stricker: “We are finding that conflicts on the mainland can also mean a threat to the sea lanes. Take about the Middle East: There, an AIDA ship has recently come under fire. Such scenarios are indeed fortunately the exception, but must be taken very seriously. Operators of passenger or cruise ships should think twice about whether you approach conflict areas. ”

What new security measures, there are anti-piracy, terrorism and acts of war?

Stricker: “We basically distinguish between active and passive safety measures. The active measures include in particular that we, for example, with European naval forces shade the headquarters of the pirates on the spot. So you can respond immediately to any action.Moreover, it is especially the high and clearly visible presence of security services on board the ships, the pirates be preventing the attack. Meanwhile, in Germany there are six certified security services that ensure this protection. The passive measures, we include, for example, the fitting of vessels with sound cannons. Several cruise lines work with this quenching method. Even driving in a zig-zag course and increased speed is a passive method of defense. Because at a speed of over 20 knots, a boarding by pirates is hardly possible. Some ships are also working with barbed wire, they condescend on the sides. In addition, it is important, of course, the constant exchange of data to get a fully comprehensive picture of the situation of a region. To ensure that we work together with the commanders of all participating institutions. ”

What issues are at the MS & D conference in focus?

Stricker: “The conference will be set up thematically wide. To welcome keynote speaker is Sarah Kenny, Managing Director, QinetiQ Maritime, give a lecture on the topic “The future development of maritime security and defense”. Then there will be two panels. The first is under the theme “Maritime challenges of globalization”. Two speakers will be the subjects’ safety in the port area “and” safety at sea “treat. A representative of SAMI, Security Association for the Maritime Industry will reveal the challenges from the perspective of industry. The second panel is entitled “Future maritime capabilities”. Here it is all about trends in the field of naval vessels. Seminar participants will learn, for example, which ship designs and arrangements are particularly in demand in the future. Because the cost-effective multiple-use of ships is a key issue in the industry. At the end of the conference there will be a panel discussion and a summary of all important results. The key messages of the day will be provided to all participants as a so-called “take aways” available in writing. ”

What is the situation with the participation of naval delegations?

Stricker: “We expect this year a number of high-profile delegations from around the world.The number of participants will level off at about the level of the event in 2012. This underlines once more the importance of the SMM. ”

How important is the SMM is generally for the issue of security of international shipping?

Stricker: “The SMM as the world’s leading maritime industry is a driving force. The merger of the Mass with the MS & D 2012 has many synergies revealed and proved a great success.Our participants were able to get the important information at the conference, and then examine the necessary hardware in the exhibition halls and business contacts. The focus of our conference participants is then certainly on Hall B8, where numerous shipyards, suppliers and service providers present from the maritime security sector, specializing in naval vessels. There is no better event in order to learn about the challenges of maritime security and take appropriate action. ”



Posted August 1, 2014 by rrts in -NEWS