New Cyber Security Clause From BIMCO

BIMCO’s Documentary Committee has agreed a new standard Cyber Security Clause that requires the parties to implement cyber security procedures and systems, to help reduce the risk of an incident and mitigate the consequences should a security breach occur. In the wake of recent costly cyber security incidents involving large shipping companies, cyber security has […]

Houthis say they attacked Najran airport

DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement said it launched a drone attack on a Patriot missile battery in the airport of the Saudi city of Najran near the Yemeni border, the group’s Al-Masirah TV said on Thursday. The Houthis, who ousted the Saudi-backed Yemeni president from power in the capital Sanaa in 2014, have […]

Navy to acquire more platforms to fight crime, says CNS

by Blessing Olaifa The Nigerian Navy (NN) yesterday said it will acquire more platforms, including helicopters and fast interceptor boats, among others, to strengthen its operations in years ahead. The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, stated this in Abuja, the nation’s capital, while addressing reporters on activities lined up for the 63rd […]

How Petrogress MD faked pirate attack, abduction of seafarers — Navy

By Godspower Edoza The Nigerian Navy said on Wednesday that an alleged piracy attack and abduction of sailors on a ship named MT Apecus on April 19, 2019 was stage managed by one Osimili Adah, who is the Managing Director of Petrogress Incorporation in Nigeria.  The Executive Officer of Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Pathfinder Port Harcourt, […]

International maritime safety, security measures to learn from

The Philippines has a lot of things to learn from maritime countries that adopt security measures and plans under the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code). These security measures must be aligned with global safety standards such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (Solas) imposed by the […]

Iranians tense and apprehensive as whispers of war spread

Bozorgmehr Sharafedin LONDON (Reuters) – Iranian and U.S. leaders have reassured their nations that they do not seek war. But among ordinary Iranians who already face hardship from tightening sanctions, nerves are being strained by worry that the situation could slip out of control. In interviews conducted from outside the country by telephone and online, […]

The Deadly Evolution of Abu Sayyaf and the Sea

By Meghan Curran On the morning of January 27, 2019, two bombs exploded inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in Jolo on the Sulu Province in the southern Philippines. Tearing a hole through the cathedral during a Sunday service, the bombs claimed 20 lives, injured dozens more, and propelled Islamist extremism in […]

Venezuela Gang Muscles Into Trinidad and Tobago, Others May Follow

A Venezuelan criminal gang has migrated to the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago — sounding alarms about the expansion of organized crime elements to the islands amid Venezuela’s collapse. This past weekend Trinidadian authorities arrested a leader of the large Venezuelan gang known as “Evander” in Point Fortin, a borough in southern Trinidad, the Guardian […]

Dutch hostage joins Abu Sayyaf

SULU: Philippine National Police (PNP) Sulu Provincial Commander Pablo Labra reported Saturday that a Dutch hostage abducted by the Abu Sayyaf militants seven years has joined the terrorist group. Identified as 57-year old Ewold Horn, Labra said the kidnap victim turned outlaw together with Swiss national Lorenzo Vinciguerra were adopted by Abu Sayyaf militants and suspected […]

Hijacked ship MT APECUS involved in illegal activities since 2014: NIMASA

A Palau flagged Tanker, MT APECUS, hijacked off the coast of Bonny, Nigeria last month has been conducting trading activities in Nigerian waters since 2014 without permit, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) said Monday. Nevertheless, the agency said it was committed to rescue the abducted seven crew, comprising five Indian nationals and […]