UN Security Council Report – piracy off coast of Somalia

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The United Nations made available the Report of the Secretary-General on the situation with respect to piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia. It notes that pirate attacks increased after NATO terminated its counter-piracy operations. The recent attacks demonstrate that the underlying conditions fuelling piracy have not changed, and that piracy networks are…

ReCAAP Piracy and Armed Robbery Information Sharing Centre, 3rd Quarter Report Jan – Sept 2017

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) is the first regional government-to-government agreement to promote and enhance cooperation against piracy and armed robbery in Asia. The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre posted a summary of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asian waters during the third…

ICC-IMB: World-Wide incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships from Jan to Sept 2017

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A total of 121 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in the first nine months of 2017, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest quarterly report on maritime piracy. The flagship global report notes that, while piracy rates were down compared to the same…

Flashback in maritime history: Hijacking of Achille Lauro 7 October 1985

(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) On 7 October 1985, four members of the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro when it was in the Mediterranean Sea en route from Alexandria, Egypt to Port Said. The Achille Lauro left Genoa, Italy, on October 3 for a 12-day cruise of the Mediterranean Sea. Aboard were 748 passengers and several…

New MoU signed to enhance safe navigation in Straits of Malacca and Singapore SOMS

In an effort to improve navigational safety in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS), a second phase of a joint hydrographic survey was formally launched via an agreement signed in Malaysia. Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed between Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Malacca Strait Council (MSC) of Japan, the second phase of the survey will cover…