16 Missing in Pirate Attack off Suriname   1 comment

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BY MAREX 

Suriname’s Coast Guard reported Monday that 16 fishermen are missing after an aggressive pirate attack on four boats.

According to spokesman Commander Jerry Slijngard, a group of 20 fishermen were assaulted off Suriname’s coast on Friday night. The pirates beat and robbed them, then forced most of them over the side. The survivors reported that some of the victims went into the water with weights on their legs.

Three out of the four men who managed to escape are still receiving medical attention, according to Slijngard. Local media report that two were pulled from the water by other fishing vessels and two were found in their boats.

According to local outlet Kaieteur News, the captain of one of the fishing boats identified four Guyanese nationals as the attackers, all of them known to the fishermen. He said that they fired warning shots, then boarded his boat and assaulted his crew. He was ordered over the side and managed to swim away.

Mark Lall, the secretary of a local fishing collective, said that almost no one was willing to go out to fish for fear of another pirate attack. He suggested that it was not the first time that multiple boats have been attacked at once. However, while fishermen from Suriname and Guyana often accuse each other of piracy, an attack this extreme is an unusual event.

To deter future attacks, Cmdr. Slijngard called for the rapid rollout of Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) technology in Suriname. VMS is a protocol similar to AIS, but designed specifically for fisheries enforcement. It includes an emergency “panic button” for the crew to send a distress signal encoded with their boat’s position. Even if the button is not activated, authorities on shore have an electronic VMS record of the boat’s position to assist a search effort.

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Posted May 4, 2018 by rrts in -NEWS

One of 12 Missing Crew Found on Board FWN Rapide   1 comment

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BY MAREX 

One of the twelve crewmembers of the freighter FWN Rapide who were believed to be kidnapped by Nigerian pirates has been found. On Monday night, a search of the vessel located the seafarer, who had been hiding on board since the pirates boarded.

Dutch shipowner ForestWave reported that the individual was “unharmed and in a healthy and good condition.” The firm added that it still hasn’t had contact with the eleven abductees, but it said that “their safety and swift return remains the company’s main priority.”

On Saturday, the Rapide was approaching Port Harcourt, Nigeria when pirates approached and boarded her. They kidnapped 11 of her 14 crewmembers and departed. The remaining two crewmembers managed to navigate their vessel to safety, ForestWave reported.

As of Tuesday, the FWN Rapide was anchored near Port Harcourt.

Pirate attacks are a regular occurance in the Gulf of Guinea, and hijackers typically target crewmembers to kidnap for ransom. Earlier this month, the Nigerian Navy thwarted an attempted hijacking of an unnamed bulk carrier off Brass, but not before the pirates boarded the vessel, opened fire on the ship’s equipment and stole cash and valuables.

Posted May 3, 2018 by rrts in -NEWS

Nigerian Pirates Kidnap 12 Crewmembers from Freighter   1 comment

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BY MAREX 

Dutch general cargo vessel operator ForestWave reported Monday that pirates abducted 12 crewmembers from the freighter FWN Rapide in the Gulf of Guinea.

On Saturday, the Rapide was approaching Port Harcourt, Nigeria when pirates approached and boarded her. They kidnapped 12 of her 14 crewmembers and departed. The remaining two crewmembers managed to navigate their vessel to safety, ForestWave reported. As of Monday, the FWN Rapide was anchored near Port Harcourt.

In a statement, Forestwave said that it is working to establish contact with the abductees and secure their release. The company has established an emergency response team, which is working with local and international authorities. The firm said that it would not release further information in order to minimize risk.

Pirate attacks are a regular occurance in the Gulf of Guinea, and hijackers typically target crewmembers to kidnap for ransom. Earlier this month, the Nigerian Navy thwarted an attempted hijacking of an unnamed bulk carrier off Brass, but not before the pirates boarded the vessel, opened fire on the ship’s equipment and stole cash and valuables. Nigerian servicemembers boarded the vessel and rescued the crew, but the pirates escaped. Late last month, nine pirates in a speedboat held the fishing vessel Marine 711 hostage for half a day, then abducted five of her crew.

Posted April 30, 2018 by rrts in -NEWS

RMS St Helena Converted to Floating Armory   Leave a comment

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BY MAREX 

The RMS St Helena arrived in St Helena for the last time on January 29, 2018. As Britain’s last working postal ship, she sailed to the remote islands of St Helena delivering mail to 4,500 residents for nearly three decades.

St Helena now has a commercial airport, so the purpose-built ship is no longer needed. Renamed MNG Tahiti, the 103-meter (340-foot) ship is being readied by her new owner MNG Maritime to become a floating armory working in the Gulf of Oman. She will deliver security guards and weapons to vessels sailing through the region and is expected to be operational in her new role in the next few months.

St Helena lies in the South Atlantic Ocean, 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) east of Rio de Janeiro and 1,950 kilometers (1,210 miles) west of the Kunene River which marks the border between Namibia and Angola in southwestern Africa.

The RMS St Helena was built by Hall, Russell & Company in Aberdeen in 1989 and has berths for a maximum of 156 passengers plus 56 officers and crew. She first came into service in 1990 and primarily shuttles between the St Helena Island, neighboring Ascension Island and Cape Town. Other than the sporadic international cruise ship visit over the years, she has been St Helena’s only constant link with the outside world.

Posted April 30, 2018 by rrts in -NEWS

NIMASA to Acquire More Vessels to Boost Maritime Security   1 comment

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is set to acquire strategic maritime safety and security assets,including vessels.

This is in line with the recent approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja.

According to a statement in Lagos on Saturday by the Head, Corporate Communications, Mr Isichei Osamgbi, the move is also in line with the total spectrum of maritime security strategy.
The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, also announced the establishment of a Command and Control Centre as part of the maritime security strategic initiative.

“The four components of the initiative are situational awareness, response capability, law enforcement and local partnerships and regional cooperation; which are the fulcrum upon which tackling maritime crime will be built on,”

Peterside said that the implementation of NIMASA’s maritime strategy, in collaboration with the agency’s partners, was a panacea to piracy and maritime crime within Nigerian territorial waters.

He gave an assurance that NIMASA would continue to collaborate with the military, especially the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force, among other partners, to make Nigerian waterways safe and secure.

“We are not unmindful of the peculiar environment of Niger Delta which poses its own challenge in tackling maritime crime, especially kidnapping of crew and illegal bunkering that leads to pollution.

“We will continue to work with the Nigerian Navy and regional organisations to strengthen our regional approach to tackling maritime crime,” he said.

The director-general said that NIMASA would not relax in its quest to see the early passage of the Anti-Piracy Bill, the draft of which the Federal Executive Council recently approved for legislative action.

Peterside explained that eradicating maritime crime and piracy would be a priority for the agency and its partners in 2018.

He said that the agency focused on working with all relevant stakeholders, using its laid-out strategy to phase out maritime crime in Nigeria’s domain. (NAN).

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Posted April 18, 2018 by rrts in -NEWS

APRIL 2018: RRTSIA CPO COURSE (SPAIN)   Leave a comment

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Posted April 3, 2018 by rrts in -TRAINING

Australian Family Saved from Pirate Attack off Yemen   1 comment

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BY MAREX 

Pirate skiffs were finally scared away from a private yacht off Yemen when Japanese and Pakistani warships came in view.

An Australian couple, Lachin and Louise Turner, and their daughter 11 and son 4, were sailing off Yemen as part of a round-the-world tour when they were approached by pirates. The family was stalked for about four hours. During that time, more skiffs arrived, cutting in front of them; trying to halt their progress towards other vessels in the area.

Low on fuel, the family’s concern grew. They had already called for help, and a Japanese warship had dispatched a helicopter and a plane to monitor the situation. The Japanese pilot kept in radio contact and directed the yacht towards the naval ships.

The pirates had limited time to act and closed in. However, the warships came into view at that time and they retreated.

“We believe it was only by minutes that the appearance of two warships on the horizon thwarted the attack,” Ms Turner said.

The Pakistani naval ship supplied the yacht with fuel and escorted them to Djibouti

Ms Turner said the family knew how lucky they had been. It was both a terrifying and sobering experience.

Posted April 3, 2018 by rrts in -NEWS