Robbers board vessel underway off Singapore

Jim Wilson, Australia Correspondent A crew sailing off the coast of Singapore had a close encounter with pirates late last week, according to a new report from ReCAAP, the south east Asian anti-piracy center. A tug-and-barge was heading westbound about five miles southwest-by-west off the coast of Singapore on Sunday. That’s in the narrow strait […]

Brazil violence: Gunmen kill 11 people in bar in Belém

Masked gunmen killed 11 people indiscriminately after bursting into a bar in the northern Brazilian city of Belém on Sunday. The shooting happened in Guamá, a poor and violent neighbourhood of the city in the Amazon region. Local media speculated that the shooting was carried out by a gang in retaliation for the deployment in […]

Singapore’s MPA launches Maritime Cybersecurity Operations Centre

by Ed Martin Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has launched the 24/7 Maritime Cybersecurity Operations Centre (MSOC), to be operated by ST Engineering. MSOC will provide early detection, monitoring, analysis and response to potential cyber attacks on maritime critical information infrastructure. It will detect and monitor cyber attacks by analysing activities in the IT […]

Malaysia and Singapore De-Escalate Port Dispute

Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to a diplomatic ceasefire in their dispute over the national boundary between the ports of Johor Baru and Tuas. On March 14, they announced that they would temporarily set aside their competing claims and use the previously accepted boundary as the working demarcation line. Under the agreement, government vessels will […]

Singapore to attend launch of Trilateral Air Patrol in Malaysia

SINGAPORE: Senior Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman will attend the launch ceremony of the Trilateral Air Patrol (TAP) by Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines at the Subang Air Base in Malaysia on Oct 12 (Thursday). Dr Maliki will be representing Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen at the ceremony, according to a press release […]

Susi calls for actions to strengthen maritime security

Rendi A. Witular Confronted with challenges to ensuring maritime security in the high seas, Indonesia has called on the international community to deliver a concerted policy directed at assuring sustainable and responsible fishing practices. Speaking during the fourth Our Ocean Conference in St. Julian’s, Malta, on Thursday, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said that illegal […]

Anti-piracy training for veteran maritime officers

Zhaki Abdullah A new training programme for experienced maritime enforcement officers, aimed at helping combat piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia, has been launched. The 10-day programme, which targets “senior-level” officers with more than 10 years of experience in maritime enforcement, was launched here yesterday by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore […]

Regional maritime security exercise sees its largest group of participating countries

Lim Min Zhang SINGAPORE – More countries are coming together in an exercise to share information about maritime security challenges in the region. Called South-east Asia Cooperation and Training (Seacat), the two-week maritime security exercise co-hosted by Singapore and the United States has the largest number of participants this year, with 11 nations. To continue […]

High Traffic, High Risk in the Strait of Malacca

The chokepoint, near where Sunday’s collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker occurred, is one of the world’s busiest shipping routes. KRISHNADEV CALAMUR The Strait of Malacca, near where 10 U.S. sailors are missing after their vessel, the USS John S. McCain, collided Sunday with an oil tanker, has historically been one of the world’s […]