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Weekly Maritime Security Update
No. 30
ASKET the worlds leading maritime security broking service -  we have been entrusted by some of the largest names in shipping, protecting vessels, crews, and reputation and saving time and costs in real terms.

Weekly Update - 1st - 7th January 2016;

Maritime Security, Threat and Piracy Reports 
  • UKMTO Weekly Piracy Reports
  • ONI Security and Threat Reports
  • IMB ICC Live Piracy & Armed Robbery Report
  • NYA Weekly Summary
This Weeks News and Updates
  • Fires Rage at Libyan Oil Ports after Islamic State Attacks
  • Statutory Requirements, Mandatory Audits and other Amendments from 1 January 2016
  • BIMCO - Cyber Security Guidelines for Ships Launched
  • The Continuing Surge of Piracy in South East Asia
  • Soldiers Arrest 1,610 Pirates, Others in Niger Delta
  • Why Nigeria Must Equip Her Navy
  • Iceberg 1 Crew, Three Years On
Periodical Reports and Assessments
  • Q6099 - UKHO New HRA Chart
  • ReCAAP Guide for Tankers Operating in Asia against Piracy and Armed Robbery Involving Oil Cargo Theft
  • Danish Intelligence Service - Risk Assessment
  • United Nations Security Council Report - 2015
  • ReCAAP Monthly Reports 2015
  • IMB ICC Q3 2015 Piracy Report
  • Revision to the HRA - NYA Report
Resources & Advisories
  • Free Maritime Security App
  • Intelligence & Updates RSS Feed
  • Anti Piracy Bridge Cards - Piracy and Security Zones
  • Masters Guidelines for Operating with Armed Guards
  • Pirate Attack! Lessons Learned 
  • Personal Security and Travel Tips
  • Ship Stowaways: Guidance and Checklists
  • Revision to the HRA
  • UK P&I Club Advice on West Africa
  • American P&I Stowaways in Durban
  • UK P&I Club Stowaways Checklist
About ASKET - The Worlds Leading Maritime Security Broker
  • ASKET Sails into its Third Year
  • Driving Standards - Broking Flow Process
  • SE Asia Case Study
  • Transit Request Form
  • In the Press
  • Infograph
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Maritime Security, Threat and Piracy Reports

UKMTO Piracy Reports

UKMTO Piracy Reports


26 Dec - 01 Jan    Download here  
19 Dec -  25 Dec   Download here
12 Dec - 18 Dec    Download here
6 Dec - 11 Dec      Download here
28 Nov - 5 Dec      Download here

Office of Naval Intelligence Weekly Reports

US Office of Naval Intelligence

Weekly Security and Threat Reports
  • Piracy Analysis and Warning Weekly (PAWW)
  • World Wide Threat to Shipping (WWTS)

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IMB ICC Live Piracy & Armed Robbery Report 

The table below gives a narrative of the most recent attacks from  the IMB ICC Website. Click the magnifying glass button to view a map of the attack location and to get further details.
 
  Narrations:  
 
246-15 19.09.2015: 0420 LT: Posn: 01:07N -103:33E, Around 6nm WSW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored tanker. The duty officer called the deck patrol AB via the walkie talkie. As no response was received the duty officer raised the alarm and crew mustered. The crew noticed the robbers exiting from the accommodation block and escaping. Upon searching the vessel the duty AB was found tied near the aft mooring winches. Engine room spares stolen. Incident reported to the local authority.
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245-15 08.09.2015: 0330 LT: Posn: 01:08.32N – 103:34.27E, Around 4.88nm WSW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Four robbers armed with long knives boarded a tanker underway. Engine room crew noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and crew mustered. A search was carried out but no robbers were found and nothing reported stolen. Singapore VTIS and Indonesian Navy informed. When the vessel entered Singapore waters, the Authorities boarded for investigation.
  • View
244-15 30.12.2015 : Posn: 22:37N - 069:55E, Sikka Anchorage, India. 
Two robbers in a small fast craft boarded an anchored tanker. Duty crew noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped with stole ship properties. Incident reported to port control.
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243-15 29.12.2015: 0255 LT: Posn: 38:47.7N - 118:16.2E, Caofeidian Anchorage, China.
Five robbers in large boat came alongside and attempted to board an anchored bulk carrier. Alert crew spotted the boat, raised the alarm and all crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers aborted and moved away.
  • View
242-15 19.12.2015: 0430 LT: Posn: 14:35N - 120:49E, Manila Anchorage, Philippines.
Robbers boarded an anchored container ship unnoticed, stole ship’s properties and escaped. The incident was discovered later in the day.
  • View
241-15 27.12.2015: 2200 LT: Posn: 03:43.5S-114:25.8E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.
Four robbers approached an anchored bulk carrier. One robber attempted to board the vessel via the hawse pipe but was spotted by the alert crew who raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers aborted and moved away.
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240-15 24.12.2015: 0800 LT: Posn: 22:46N - 070:02E, Kandla Anchorage, India. 
Robbers boarded an anchored tanker unnoticed, stole ship’s properties and escaped. The incident was discovered later in the day.
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NYA International Ltd - Weekly Summary

NYA’s dedicated maritime team and global network provides a range of information, intelligence and tracking - to give you a better understanding of your maritime operating environment and aid informed decision making.

For more information on vessel tracking or to receive NYA weekly reports, live alerts and special reports for maritime or land press the image or follow this link.

MarTrack Silver Service is available for Free for your transit when it is brokered by ASKET.

 

This Weeks News & Updates

Fires Rage at Libyan Oil Ports after Islamic State Attacks

Three days of Islamic State attacks on Libya's biggest oil terminals have started fires that have spread to five massive oil storage tanks, a guards spokesman said on Wednesday.

Ali al-Hassi said the Petroleum Facilities Guards were still in control of the neighbouring ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, where at least nine guards were killed and more than 40 injured near the ports' perimeters on Monday and Tuesday.

Hassi said guards had recovered bodies of 30 Islamic State fighters, and had captured two military tanks and other vehicles from the militants.

He also said the guards had received air support from forces loyal to the General National Congress (GNC), the government that has controlled Tripoli since its rival, which was internationally recognised, moved to Bayda in the east in 2014.

Firefighters were trying to control four fires at Es Sider and one at Ras Lanuf. Two were triggered by Islamic State shelling, and three more had caught fire, Hassi said

Read more here

Reuters.com 

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Statutory Requirements, Mandatory Audits and other Amendments from 1 January 2016

A number of important amendments to IMO treaties entered into force on 1 January 2016, including new requirements for verification of compliance, making audits mandatory under the IMO Member State Audit Scheme.

The treaties amended are:
– SOLAS 1974;
– STCW 1978 and STCW Code;
– MARPOL annexes I through to VI;
– Protocol of 1988 relating to the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 (LL PROT 1988);
– International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 (LL 1966);
– International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969 (TONNAGE 1969);
– Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREG 1972).

Read more here

Maritime Cyprus

BIMCO Cyber Security Guidelines for Ships Launched 

BIMCO, together with other leading shipping organisations, has today launched a set of guidelines to help the global shipping industry prevent major safety, environmental and commercial issues that could result from a cyber incident onboard a ship.

The cyber guidelines launched today are a first for the shipping industry, developed by international shipping associations, comprising BIMCO, CLIA, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO - and with support from a wide range of stakeholders. The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships are free to download from the BIMCO website.

Angus Frew, Secretary General of BIMCO, said:

“BIMCO has led the way to identify potential cyber vulnerabilities for ships – and their implications – based on the latest expert research.”

“The aim is to provide the shipping industry with clear and comprehensive information on cyber security risks to ships enabling shipowners to take measures to protect against attacks and to deal with the eventuality of cyber incidents.”

Cyber threats are changing all the time – and BIMCO and the other industry associations will regularly update the cyber guidelines to ensure shipping companies have the latest information available.

Angus Frew added:

“The guidelines launched today should help companies take a risk-based approach to cyber security that is specific to their business and the ships they operate.”

The Continuing Surge of Piracy in South East Asia

The surge of piracy in South-East Asia waters continues as ships passing the Straits of Malacca and Singapore are falling victim to acts of piracy.

Whilst Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia operate anti-piracy patrols in the area, it has limited resources. The sheltered coast and islands also makes it easier for robbers to operate. As piracy rampages on, Indonesia and Malaysia has taken efforts to jointly increase security.

By far, the most significant incident suggests activities going beyond the usual act of armed robbery or theft on board ship.

Read more here

Lexology.com via CSO Alliance

Soldiers Arrest 1,610 Pirates, Others In Niger Delta

Authorities of the military operations in the Niger Delta region known as Operation Pulo Shield (OPS) have confirmed the arrest of 1,610 suspects over their involvement in cases of sea piracy, illegal bunkering and militancy within the nine states of the region.

According to the OPS, the special security operation also led to the seizure of 50 oil vessels,200 Barges and recovery of high calibre weapons during raids of suspected militia camps in the region.

Read more here

Leadership Nigeria

Why Nigeria Must Equip Her Navy

With the vast natural resources in Nigeria’s territorial waters as well as her Exclusive Economic Zone unmanned, the country daily loses several millions to illegal activities at sea, report Precious Igbonwelundu. 

It an estimated $38 per barrel, Nigeria loses $15.2m per day (400 thousand barrel) to crude oil theft at sea, amounting to $456m per month. Her natural resources including fishes, shrimps and prawns across her 200 nautical miles distance from Seme boarder to Calabar are daily being exploited illegally by business concerns, repackaged and shipped into the country for sale.

This is against the about N200 million needed by the Nigerian Navy (NN) to keep five of its vessels patrolling the nation’s territorial waters for an entire month, thereby deterring the criminals.

Read more here

The Nation via CSO Alliance

Iceberg 1 Crew, Three Years On

23 December marked the third anniversary of the freeing of the hostages of the Iceberg 1.

Originally captured in early 2010 by Somali pirates, the seafarers on board endured almost three years of abuse as their captors tried to extort a ransom of USD 10 million from the owners.

An anti-piracy force from the Puntland region besieged the ship, and finally the pirates surrendered after two weeks and three of their number, and one of the Puntland force, had been killed.

The ship is shown in the banner at the time of the release of the hostages, having run aground over a year before.

Read more here

Maritime Security Review

2015 Deadliest Year for Migrants Crossing the Med

With over 3,770 estimated deaths, 2015 has been the deadliest year on record for migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean, trying to reach Europe, data issued by the International Organization for Migration show.

In comparison, approximately 3,270 deaths were recorded in the Mediterranean in 2014. Globally, IOM estimates that over 5,350 migrants died in 2015.

Read more here

World Maritime News

Image Courtesy: MOAS

Periodical Reports and Assessments

Q6099 UKHO New HRA Chart

UKHO has published its 5th version of the Q6099 chart which includes the reduction in the size of the ‘High Risk’ area as agreed by the countries involved in the setting of limits.

The changing of these limits reflects the effectiveness of ‘Anti-Piracy’ measures put in place over the years, and use of the information disseminated by the previous versions of the chart.

Read more here

Maritime Cyprus

ReCAAP Guide for Tankers Operating in Asia against Piracy and Armed Robbery Involving Oil Cargo Theft

The aim of this guide is to illustrate the threat of piracy and armed robbery against ships (hereafter referred to as ‘sea robbery’) in Asia, particularly incidents involving oil cargo theft; and to assist ships to avoid, deter or delay such incidents; as well as post-incident management.

 

This continued occurence of oil cargo theft incidents warrants the need to produce a “Guide for Tankers Operating in Asia against Piracy and Armed Robbery Involving Oil Cargo Theft”. The definition of ‘piracy’ (in accordance with UNCLOS) and ‘armed robbery against ships’ (in accordance with IMO) can be found in Annex A. This guide serves as a prelude to a regional guide on piracy and armed robbery against ships which will be published in due course.

 

The regional guide will take into consideration the occurrence of incidents involving all types of ship while underway and at ports and anchorages in Asian waters. That being said, until the publication of the planned regional guide, it is noted that some if not all of the recommendations made in this Guide can potentially be applicable to other types of ships.


Download the Full Report Here
 

Danish Intelligence Service - Risk Assessment

The DDIS Intelligence Risk Assessment gives an overview of our current intelligence-based assessments of developments in a number of countries and conflict areas and provides an outline of foreign policy issues that may impact on Denmark’s security.

This year’s Risk Assessment emphasizes the terrorist threat posed by militant Islamist groups, Russia’s attempt at re positioning itself as a great power, cyber espionage against businesses and public authorities, and the conflict-ridden and unstable situation in the Middle East and North Africa.

Download the Full Report Here
 

United Nations Security Council Report - October 2015

United Nations Security Council Report of the Secretary General on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia
 
The report covers major developments since my previous report, of 16 October
2014 (S/2014/740), until 11 October 2015.

Download the Full Report Here
 

ReCAAP Monthly Reports 2015

ReCAAP Reports and information;

Single Sheet Summary Download Here

New! - November Report Download Here

October Report    Download Here

August Report     Download Here

July Report          Download Here

IMB ICC Q3 Piracy Report 2015

Despite an overall global reduction in serious piracy attacks this year, the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) cautions against complacency in its 2015 report for the year to 30 September.

To date 190 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships have been officially counted this year, the greatest number in Indonesia, which tallied 86 mainly low-level incidents, followed by Vietnam with 19 low-level reports.

The report urges vessels to maintain vigilance, noting the "increasingly fragile" situation ashore Somalia, with the threat of piracy not "eliminated".
ASKET Free Resources & Advisories

Free Maritime Security App

The Bridge and Planning Tool for all CSO, SSO Masters and Bridge Crew - now over 60 pages!

To assist with the planning and prevention of maritime crime and piracy the app can be used in the office or on the bridge of a ship with much of the information required at the SSO or Masters fingertips.

 ASKET Intelligence and Update Page & RSS Feed

ASKET have launched a new Maritime Security Blog and RSS feed to keep followers up to date with incidents, reports and relevant documentation.

You can also stay informed via the Intelligence and Update Feed and notifications on the ASKET Maritime Security App.

Open the Blog or Sign up to the RSS Feed Here

Anti Piracy Bridge Cards - Piracy and Security Zones

Free Bridge Card for Masters and Watch Officers for use when operating in High Risk waters and anchorages, with or without embarked security teams.

Find out more information on the development of the bridge cards and to Download your free copies of the Anti Piracy Bridge Card and Security Zones Bridge Card Click here

See below for all of these bridge cards, check lists and more on ASKETs Free Maritime Security App.

Pirate Attack! - Lessons Learned

Pirate Attack!!!!

Lessons Learned

Download Paper here

Download PowerPoint here
 
This paper and accompanying PowerPoint discusses a real incident that occurred in the Indian Ocean in recent times

It outlines the steps taken to prepare the vessel and crew for a transit of the High Risk Area (HRA), the armed attack by a pirate action group (PAG), the response by security team and crew and the lessons learned from this incident and other experiences which the author believes are valuable and should be shared with the shipping community.

Ship Stowaways: Guidance and Checklists

Guidelines for Masters

Operating with Armed Guards

Here
Personal Security
and

Travel Tips

Here

Revision to the HRA - ASKET Assesment

ASKET Ltd - With approx. 2.5 days from the end of the new HRA to the limit of the old HRA, even if the JWC follows suite, some owners are likely to keep PMSCs on watch a little longer, and may leave it to the Masters Discretion as the ships crews may still not feel comfortable with the reduced guarding until closer to the Indian Coast.

Diagram showing differences in previous and new HRA (Distance's approx. (straight line not rumb line) from Bab al Mandeb to 065 & 078E

ASKET Ltd

Revision to the HRA - NYA Report

• Revision of the Section 2 of the BMP HRA zone removes seven nations and territories
• The new zone contains 87% of the 66 piracy incidents that occurred within the previous HRA within the past twelve months
• Somali-based pirates operating extended duration long-range operations cannot be “completely discounted”

Full report here

NYA International Ltd

Advice on West African Piracy Issued

The UK P&I Club has issued practical guidance to members regarding piracy threats in West Africa.

Stuart Edmonston, head of loss prevention, said: “We have seen a sizeable shift in pirate activity, from Somali to West Africa, and are witnessing an increase in incidents particularly offshore Nigeria.”

The UK Club provided practical tips to members on how to avoid incidents with West African pirates.


Full article here

Tanker Operator

Increase in Stowaways Stay Alert in Durban 

The American P&I Club has issued a member alert to warn that the number of persons trying to stowaway on board ships in Durban and Cape Town is increasing.

Shipowners are recommended to implement appropriate preventative measures. It is the obligation of the crew, in South Africa, to check the identity of all people coming on board ship. If unauthorized persons are allowed aboard the shipowner is liable for the consequences, including repatriation costs where relevant.


Full article here

American P&I Club

The UK P&I Club as well as North Of England P&I club have issued stowaways checklist to provide guidance and steps for preventing and dealing with stowaways.


Download here



Notes and checklists on the prevention of stowaways and other security related issues can also be found in the FREE ASKET Maritime Security App; scroll down to find out more
 

About ASKET - The Worlds Leading Maritime Security Broker

ASKET Ltd

ASKET Sails into its Third Year!

ASKET now in its third year!

We have had a very busy year supporting the worlds shipping industry, we would like to thank everyone for their support and look forward to another year of safer oceans for our seafarers.


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Driving Standards - Broking Flow Process

'May I ask why ASKET monitor our operational communications?'

 'A fair question, we ask all PMSC's to keep ASKET copied in to all routine operational email correspondence including daily reports. This is because we offer our Client an end to end service including monitoring of their transit and direct support to the CSO and his team.

All of our processes are designed not only to support our client, but also to help drive standards and allow us to demonstrate and differentiate between standards of service, supporting those offering a compliant, robust and cost effective solution.'

ASKET Broking Case Study GoA and SE Asia Solution

ASKET was recently asked to assist a ship broker with a bid for a transit of a small vessel with only 6 crew from Europe to Samatra and return.

Our brokers were able to assess the risk to the vessel and provide a solution for the transit, example competitive quotes were returned all within 2 hours to allow the broker to bid and secure the task.

Transit request Form

To stay inline with with continued improvements to our service we have updated our online Transit Request Form (01TRF).

The form can be completed via our Free Maritime Security App, embedded in your Company Intranet Portal or via the ASKET WebView

Our standard e mail form remains popular and is still available.

Save Time and Money Book your next Transit HRA Here

In the Press

Maritime CEO

As rates for PMSCs hit rock bottom, quality concerns reemerge

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Maritime Security Review

Chink Appear in the Maritime Security Armour 

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ASKET Release MarSec App

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Kidnap for Ransom Uncovered - Free Workshop in London

Kidnapping is a risk to businesses operating in many parts of the world and an essential part of a company’s crisis management plan. However recent changes in legislation and the confidentiality of insurance coverage leave many people unsure of the facts.

  • “Am I breaking the law if I pay a ransom and how do you liquidize and move the funds?”
  • “What  assistance and indemnity does insurance offer?”
  • “What is the role of response consultants versus the company’s responsibilities”
  • “How does a negotiation with kidnappers really work?”

Are you interested in attending a workshop on these or other crisis management issues, please contact NYA>

Submit a registration request

About NYA International

NYA International is a world-leading global risk and crisis management consultancy. For over 25 years we have helped organisations to maximise opportunities and operate successfully in challenging environments around the world. We have the largest specialist kidnap response team in the industry and experience of advising on 80-100 cases each year. www.nyainternational.com

Guardian Anti Piracy Barriers

GUARDIAN™ the leading supplier of anti piracy barriers have become the latest company to sponsor the ASKET Marirme Security App, sponsorship helps to ensure we can continue to offer this resource for free. 

GUARDIAN™ barriers are designed to fit and forget, they protect against piracy, remove the dangers associated with razor wire and substantially reduce cost when compared to other anti-piracy  systems.

Visit the Guardian Website for more information
ASKET Ltd

ASKET is the leading independent security broker providing professional services to risk managers, company security officers and Masters at Sea.

Our FREE services assist our clients by significantly reducing the time and costs involved in the selection, vetting, collation of quotes and contracting  a PMSC.

For more information or to book a transit please e mail broker@akset.co.uk
or call

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00917 528 333 164

The service that we received from ASKET Brokers was a breath of fresh air and removed so much headache for us, thank you.
(Large Vessel Operator)

Thank you and your team for your help on the last two transits, we would be very pleased to recommend you to another shipping company, and we hope to have a new transit next week. (Charterer)
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Maritime Security, Threat and Piracy Reports

UKMTO Piracy Reports

Office of Naval Intelligence Weekly Reports

IMB ICC Live Piracy & Armed Robbery Report 

The table below gives a narrative of the most recent attacks from  the IMB ICC Website. Click the magnifying glass button to view a map of the attack location and to get further details.
 
  Narrations:  
 
246-15 19.09.2015: 0420 LT: Posn: 01:07N -103:33E, Around 6nm WSW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Five robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored tanker. The duty officer called the deck patrol AB via the walkie talkie. As no response was received the duty officer raised the alarm and crew mustered. The crew noticed the robbers exiting from the accommodation block and escaping. Upon searching the vessel the duty AB was found tied near the aft mooring winches. Engine room spares stolen. Incident reported to the local authority.
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245-15 08.09.2015: 0330 LT: Posn: 01:08.32N – 103:34.27E, Around 4.88nm WSW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia.
Four robbers armed with long knives boarded a tanker underway. Engine room crew noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and crew mustered. A search was carried out but no robbers were found and nothing reported stolen. Singapore VTIS and Indonesian Navy informed. When the vessel entered Singapore waters, the Authorities boarded for investigation.
  • View
244-15 30.12.2015 : Posn: 22:37N - 069:55E, Sikka Anchorage, India. 
Two robbers in a small fast craft boarded an anchored tanker. Duty crew noticed the robbers, raised the alarm and crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped with stole ship properties. Incident reported to port control.
  • View
243-15 29.12.2015: 0255 LT: Posn: 38:47.7N - 118:16.2E, Caofeidian Anchorage, China.
Five robbers in large boat came alongside and attempted to board an anchored bulk carrier. Alert crew spotted the boat, raised the alarm and all crew mustered. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers aborted and moved away.
  • View
242-15 19.12.2015: 0430 LT: Posn: 14:35N - 120:49E, Manila Anchorage, Philippines.
Robbers boarded an anchored container ship unnoticed, stole ship’s properties and escaped. The incident was discovered later in the day.
  • View
241-15 27.12.2015: 2200 LT: Posn: 03:43.5S-114:25.8E, Taboneo Anchorage, Indonesia.
Four robbers approached an anchored bulk carrier. One robber attempted to board the vessel via the hawse pipe but was spotted by the alert crew who raised the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers aborted and moved away.
  • View
240-15 24.12.2015: 0800 LT: Posn: 22:46N - 070:02E, Kandla Anchorage, India. 
Robbers boarded an anchored tanker unnoticed, stole ship’s properties and escaped. The incident was discovered later in the day.
  • View

NYA International Ltd - Weekly Summary

This Weeks News & Updates

A number of important amendments to IMO treaties entered into force on 1 January 2016, including new requirements for verification of compliance, making audits mandatory under the IMO Member State Audit Scheme.

The treaties amended are:
– SOLAS 1974;
– STCW 1978 and STCW Code;
– MARPOL annexes I through to VI;
– Protocol of 1988 relating to the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 (LL PROT 1988);
– International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 (LL 1966);
– International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969 (TONNAGE 1969);
– Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREG 1972).

Read more here

Maritime Cyprus

BIMCO, together with other leading shipping organisations, has today launched a set of guidelines to help the global shipping industry prevent major safety, environmental and commercial issues that could result from a cyber incident onboard a ship.

The cyber guidelines launched today are a first for the shipping industry, developed by international shipping associations, comprising BIMCO, CLIA, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO - and with support from a wide range of stakeholders. The Guidelines on Cyber Security Onboard Ships are free to download from the BIMCO website.

Angus Frew, Secretary General of BIMCO, said:

“BIMCO has led the way to identify potential cyber vulnerabilities for ships – and their implications – based on the latest expert research.”

“The aim is to provide the shipping industry with clear and comprehensive information on cyber security risks to ships enabling shipowners to take measures to protect against attacks and to deal with the eventuality of cyber incidents.”

Cyber threats are changing all the time – and BIMCO and the other industry associations will regularly update the cyber guidelines to ensure shipping companies have the latest information available.

Angus Frew added:

“The guidelines launched today should help companies take a risk-based approach to cyber security that is specific to their business and the ships they operate.”

The surge of piracy in South-East Asia waters continues as ships passing the Straits of Malacca and Singapore are falling victim to acts of piracy.

Whilst Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia operate anti-piracy patrols in the area, it has limited resources. The sheltered coast and islands also makes it easier for robbers to operate. As piracy rampages on, Indonesia and Malaysia has taken efforts to jointly increase security.

By far, the most significant incident suggests activities going beyond the usual act of armed robbery or theft on board ship.

Read more here

Lexology.com via CSO Alliance

Authorities of the military operations in the Niger Delta region known as Operation Pulo Shield (OPS) have confirmed the arrest of 1,610 suspects over their involvement in cases of sea piracy, illegal bunkering and militancy within the nine states of the region.

According to the OPS, the special security operation also led to the seizure of 50 oil vessels,200 Barges and recovery of high calibre weapons during raids of suspected militia camps in the region.

Read more here

Leadership Nigeria

With the vast natural resources in Nigeria’s territorial waters as well as her Exclusive Economic Zone unmanned, the country daily loses several millions to illegal activities at sea, report Precious Igbonwelundu. 

It an estimated $38 per barrel, Nigeria loses $15.2m per day (400 thousand barrel) to crude oil theft at sea, amounting to $456m per month. Her natural resources including fishes, shrimps and prawns across her 200 nautical miles distance from Seme boarder to Calabar are daily being exploited illegally by business concerns, repackaged and shipped into the country for sale.

This is against the about N200 million needed by the Nigerian Navy (NN) to keep five of its vessels patrolling the nation’s territorial waters for an entire month, thereby deterring the criminals.

Read more here

The Nation via CSO Alliance

23 December marked the third anniversary of the freeing of the hostages of the Iceberg 1.

Originally captured in early 2010 by Somali pirates, the seafarers on board endured almost three years of abuse as their captors tried to extort a ransom of USD 10 million from the owners.

An anti-piracy force from the Puntland region besieged the ship, and finally the pirates surrendered after two weeks and three of their number, and one of the Puntland force, had been killed.

The ship is shown in the banner at the time of the release of the hostages, having run aground over a year before.

Read more here

Maritime Security Review

With over 3,770 estimated deaths, 2015 has been the deadliest year on record for migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean, trying to reach Europe, data issued by the International Organization for Migration show.

In comparison, approximately 3,270 deaths were recorded in the Mediterranean in 2014. Globally, IOM estimates that over 5,350 migrants died in 2015.

Read more here

World Maritime News

Image Courtesy: MOAS

Periodical Reports and Assessments

UKHO has published its 5th version of the Q6099 chart which includes the reduction in the size of the ‘High Risk’ area as agreed by the countries involved in the setting of limits.

The changing of these limits reflects the effectiveness of ‘Anti-Piracy’ measures put in place over the years, and use of the information disseminated by the previous versions of the chart.

Read more here

Maritime Cyprus

The aim of this guide is to illustrate the threat of piracy and armed robbery against ships (hereafter referred to as ‘sea robbery’) in Asia, particularly incidents involving oil cargo theft; and to assist ships to avoid, deter or delay such incidents; as well as post-incident management.

 

This continued occurence of oil cargo theft incidents warrants the need to produce a “Guide for Tankers Operating in Asia against Piracy and Armed Robbery Involving Oil Cargo Theft”. The definition of ‘piracy’ (in accordance with UNCLOS) and ‘armed robbery against ships’ (in accordance with IMO) can be found in Annex A. This guide serves as a prelude to a regional guide on piracy and armed robbery against ships which will be published in due course.

 

The regional guide will take into consideration the occurrence of incidents involving all types of ship while underway and at ports and anchorages in Asian waters. That being said, until the publication of the planned regional guide, it is noted that some if not all of the recommendations made in this Guide can potentially be applicable to other types of ships.


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United Nations Security Council Report of the Secretary General on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia
 
The report covers major developments since my previous report, of 16 October
2014 (S/2014/740), until 11 October 2015.

Download the Full Report Here
 

ReCAAP Monthly Reports 2015

ReCAAP Reports and information;

Single Sheet Summary Download Here

New! - November Report Download Here

October Report    Download Here

August Report     Download Here

July Report          Download Here

IMB ICC Q3 Piracy Report 2015

Despite an overall global reduction in serious piracy attacks this year, the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) cautions against complacency in its 2015 report for the year to 30 September.

To date 190 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships have been officially counted this year, the greatest number in Indonesia, which tallied 86 mainly low-level incidents, followed by Vietnam with 19 low-level reports.

The report urges vessels to maintain vigilance, noting the "increasingly fragile" situation ashore Somalia, with the threat of piracy not "eliminated".
ASKET Free Resources & Advisories

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Anti Piracy Bridge Cards - Piracy and Security Zones

Free Bridge Card for Masters and Watch Officers for use when operating in High Risk waters and anchorages, with or without embarked security teams.

Find out more information on the development of the bridge cards and to Download your free copies of the Anti Piracy Bridge Card and Security Zones Bridge Card Click here

See below for all of these bridge cards, check lists and more on ASKETs Free Maritime Security App.

Pirate Attack! - Lessons Learned

Pirate Attack!!!!

Lessons Learned

Download Paper here

Download PowerPoint here
 
This paper and accompanying PowerPoint discusses a real incident that occurred in the Indian Ocean in recent times

It outlines the steps taken to prepare the vessel and crew for a transit of the High Risk Area (HRA), the armed attack by a pirate action group (PAG), the response by security team and crew and the lessons learned from this incident and other experiences which the author believes are valuable and should be shared with the shipping community.

Revision to the HRA - ASKET Assesment

Advice on West African Piracy Issued

Increase in Stowaways Stay Alert in Durban 

The UK P&I Club as well as North Of England P&I club have issued stowaways checklist to provide guidance and steps for preventing and dealing with stowaways.


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Notes and checklists on the prevention of stowaways and other security related issues can also be found in the FREE ASKET Maritime Security App; scroll down to find out more
 

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ASKET now in its third year!

We have had a very busy year supporting the worlds shipping industry, we would like to thank everyone for their support and look forward to another year of safer oceans for our seafarers.


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 'A fair question, we ask all PMSC's to keep ASKET copied in to all routine operational email correspondence including daily reports. This is because we offer our Client an end to end service including monitoring of their transit and direct support to the CSO and his team.

All of our processes are designed not only to support our client, but also to help drive standards and allow us to demonstrate and differentiate between standards of service, supporting those offering a compliant, robust and cost effective solution.'

ASKET Broking Case Study GoA and SE Asia Solution

ASKET was recently asked to assist a ship broker with a bid for a transit of a small vessel with only 6 crew from Europe to Samatra and return.

Our brokers were able to assess the risk to the vessel and provide a solution for the transit, example competitive quotes were returned all within 2 hours to allow the broker to bid and secure the task.
To stay inline with with continued improvements to our service we have updated our online Transit Request Form (01TRF).

The form can be completed via our Free Maritime Security App, embedded in your Company Intranet Portal or via the ASKET WebView

Our standard e mail form remains popular and is still available.

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In the Press

Kidnap for Ransom Uncovered - Free Workshop in London

Kidnapping is a risk to businesses operating in many parts of the world and an essential part of a company’s crisis management plan. However recent changes in legislation and the confidentiality of insurance coverage leave many people unsure of the facts.

  • “Am I breaking the law if I pay a ransom and how do you liquidize and move the funds?”
  • “What  assistance and indemnity does insurance offer?”
  • “What is the role of response consultants versus the company’s responsibilities”
  • “How does a negotiation with kidnappers really work?”

Are you interested in attending a workshop on these or other crisis management issues, please contact NYA>

Submit a registration request

About NYA International

NYA International is a world-leading global risk and crisis management consultancy. For over 25 years we have helped organisations to maximise opportunities and operate successfully in challenging environments around the world. We have the largest specialist kidnap response team in the industry and experience of advising on 80-100 cases each year. www.nyainternational.com

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ASKET is the leading independent security broker providing professional services to risk managers, company security officers and Masters at Sea.

Our FREE services assist our clients by significantly reducing the time and costs involved in the selection, vetting, collation of quotes and contracting  a PMSC.

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