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…

(New) Maritime Security Transit Corridor for Gulf of Aden, Bab-el-Mandeb and the Southern Red Sea announced

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandeb have highlighted the risks associated with transiting these waters.  The multiple types of risks and the broad expanse of ocean on which these attacks can occur dictate that Naval Forces must be used in the most efficient manner possible.  To…

Risk Focus: KIDNAP and RANSOM

This report from UK P&I club, explains why kidnapping for ransom has increased recently in the Gulf of Guinea, and assesses whether this increase will continue. It describes what happens during a kidnap, and provides some insight into the training available for shipping companies and crews. The Gulf of Guinea is currently thought to be the most dangerous region for…