Doubt over use of US force to protect Gulf

Trump creates doubt over use of U.S. force to protect Gulf oil Babak Dehghanpisheh, Sylvia Westall GENEVA/DUBAI (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb but left open whether he would back the use of force to protect Gulf oil supplies […]

Houthis Threaten to Target Navigation

Houthi Leader Threatens to Target Int’l Navigation Ali Rabee Head of the Houthis’ Supreme Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat has threatened to target the commercial navigation waterways and oil tankers in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea, saying that they possess missiles that can reach Egypt and Sudan. Mashat affirmed that the militias would continue […]

Mines similar to Iranian weapons

Attack mine used on Japanese oil tanker bears ‘striking resemblance’ to Iranian weapon A US military experts claimed on Wednesday that explosives allegedly used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz bore a “striking resemblance” to limpet mines publicly displayed by Iran. US Navy Cmdr. Sean Kido, described as an explosives expert, spoke […]

ECOWAS partners EU on combating piracy

ECOWAS partners EU on combating piracy and maritime criminality The Commission of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has developed measures to intensify effort towards combating piracy and other maritime criminality with the support of development partners. A statement from the Commission and copied to the Ghana News Agency said development partners such as […]

MMEA arrests robbers

Four Indonesians stealing onboard vessel nabbed: Johor MMEA KOTA TINGGI: The Malaysian Maritime Enforce­ment Agency (MMEA) thwarted an attempt by a group of foreign men to steal items on board a commercial vessel in Teluk Ramunia waters, off Pengerang, early yesterday. Johor MMEA deputy operations director Sanifah Yusof said at 3am on Sunday, an MMEA […]

Tanker attacks seen as calibrated

Tanker attacks seen as calibrated but risky Iranian response to U.S. sanctions Babak Dehghanpisheh GENEVA (Reuters) – If, despite its firm denials, Iran was behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf last week and a further four last month, they represent a calibrated yet risky pushback against a U.S. sanctions squeeze, regional experts […]

ICG to co-host Capacity Building workshop

ICG to co-host Capacity Building workshop on combating piracy and armed robbery The ReCAAP is the first regional Government-to-Government agreement to deal with piracy and armed robbery at sea in Asia. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) will be co-hosting 12th Capacity Building workshop with Regional Cooperation Agreementon Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) […]

10 fishermen feared kidnapped

10 fishermen feared kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf gunmen off Sabah KOTA KINABALU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf-linked gunmen are believed to have abducted 10 fishermen from two boats off Sabah close to the Tawi Tawi chain of islands in southern Philippines. The two vessels were in waters off Lahad Datu’s Tambisan area […]

Tanker attacks hit insurance

Middle East tanker attacks send ship insurance soaring The recent spike in attacks on tankers near the Persian Gulf is inflating insurance premiums for ships transiting through the wider Middle East, increasing the cost of transporting oil from the region. Insurance rates for crude oil tankers loading in the Middle East are now up to […]

Iran's Hormuz threat

Iran says if it decides to block Strait of Hormuz, it will do it ‘publicly’: Fars LONDON (Reuters) – Iran’s military denied on Monday being behind attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week, and said if it decided to block Strait of Hormuz, a vital gateway in the Gulf for the […]