2016

Operation Sea Guardian

Operation Sea Guardian

9 Nov 2016
As announced by NATO's Secretary-General following July's Warsaw Summit, in response to the evolving security environment in the Mediterranean Sea, NATO's counter-terrorism Operation Active Endeavour has been transformed into a more comprehensive maritime security mission, Operation Sea Guardian. This non-Article 5 operation addresses a broader spectrum of maritime security threats using maritime situational awareness, support of regional maritime capacity-building efforts and counter-terrorism as its foundation.

Small Arms Attack on Vessel in Bab el Mandeb Strait

Small Arms Attack on Vessel in Bab el Mandeb Strait

2 Nov 2016
As reported by multiple military organisations operating in the Indian Ocean, a merchant vessel received small arms fire in the vicinity of the Bab el Mandeb Strait. The vessel escaped without harm to itself or its crew members. While initial report regarding this incident indicated that it was a piracy attack, follow-on assessments are that it was not related to piracy or terrorism.

Missile Attacks in the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait

Missile Attacks in the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait

17 Oct 2016
As has been reported by numerous news agencies, Houthi militants operating in Yemen near the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait have executed three separate missile attacks against military vessels in the past two weeks. While there remains no assessed targeting of commercial shipping in the area and military operations have reduced since reduced the militant capabilities to do so, there remains an incidental threat to traffic in the area.

Updated ‘Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for protection against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region’

Updated ‘Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for protection against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region’

6 Jul 2016
BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO have recently published an update to their ‘Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for protection against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region.’

The Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre – Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GoG)

The Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre – Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GoG)

20 Jun 2016
The Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre – Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GoG) has ceased to operate on june 2016.  It has been replaced by the Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea (MDAT-GoG). All vessels are encouraged to report to the MDAT-GoG using the existing reporting formats which are revised in the new edition of the UK Maritime Security Chart Q6114  and FR SHOM Carte de Sécurité Maritime CS 8801.

Security Council Authorizes Inspection of Suspected Embargo-Breaking Vessels off Libya’s Coast.

Security Council Authorizes Inspection of Suspected Embargo-Breaking Vessels off Libya’s Coast.

20 Jun 2016
In an effort to implement the arms embargo imposed on Libya, the Security Council today authorized Member States, acting nationally or through regional organizations, to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya believed to be in violation of the embargo.

Possible water-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (WBIED) kills one Turkish sailor in South East Turkey

Possible water-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (WBIED) kills one Turkish sailor in South East Turkey

24 May 2016
On 22 May a Turkish fisherman reported the sighting of a life raft with two dead bodies 4 km off the coast of Samandag. (South East Turkey, close to the Syrian Border.)  Turkish Coastguard was dispatched from Çevlik to investigate the life raft. 

Implementation of United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemeni Ports

Implementation of United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemeni Ports

3 May 2016
The United Nations has announced the implementation of a United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism (UNVIM) for the facilitation of commercial imports to Yemen in line with UN Security Council resolution 2216 (2015). Please visit the UNVIM’s website for full details.

Libya Threats

Libya Threats

29 Jan 2016
In recent months, instability in the Libyan coastal region has increased. Armed groups with access to an unknown number of small boats continue to operate in the Central Mediterranean near the Libyan coast. Mariners are advised to conduct thorough risk assessments prior to voyages near this region, and when transiting these waters, extra vigilance is strongly advised.

Cyber security guidelines for ships

Cyber security guidelines for ships

12 Jan 2016
BIMCO, together with other leading shipping organisations, has today launched a set of guidelines to help the global shipping industry prevent major safety, environmental and commercial issues that could result from a cyber incident onboard a ship.

 

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