Published today (22 July), a new report from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) highlights a continuing trend in South East Asia in the hijacking of small coastal tankers by maritime pirates, averaging one attack every two weeks.
According to the report, five small tankers were hijacked in South East Asian waters in the second quarter of 2015 alone, bringing the total number of vessels hijacked globally in 2015 to 13.
IMB has stressed however that enhanced cooperation between regional authorities is paying off and that early detection of approaching skiffs has resulted in attacks being aborted.
IMB highlighted the tracking and arrest off Vietnam of an eight-man Indonesian gang responsible for the hijacking of a Malaysian tanker last month. IMB also praised the Malaysian authorities for the June conviction of nine Indonesian pirates, apprehended after the January hijacking of an anchored product tanker off Johor….
….The latest global report reveals that a total of 134 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre in the first six months of 2015; an increase on the 116 reports for the corresponding period in 2014.
Pirates managed to board 106 vessels and were responsible for 13 hijackings and 15 attempted attacks worldwide. So far in 2015, 250 crew members have been taken hostage, 14 assaulted, 10 kidnapped, nine injured and one killed.
According to the latest statistics, while more than a third of incidents reported to the PRC took place off the coast of Indonesia, the majority of these related to low-level, opportunistic thefts from vessels.
The IMB report notes a significant increase in the number of incidents off Bangladesh and Chittagong in particular, with 10 reports made in the second quarter of 2015 compared with only one in the first quarter. Again, these attacks related to armed robberies from vessels.
Off Nigeria, 11 incidents were reported in the first half of 2015 though no incidents were reported in the month of June. However, 10 crew kidnappings in three separate events were reported in and around Nigerian waters.
Encouragingly, in the second quarter of 2015, no reports were received off the coast of Somalia.
Although no attacks have been reported off Somalia, IMB advises that the security situation in the Horn of Africa remains uncertain. IMB urges ship masters to remain vigilant when transiting these waters and to adhere to the industry’s Best Management Practice.
As the world’s only independent centre to receive reports of pirate attacks worldwide 24 hours a day, IMB also calls on all shipmasters and owners to report any actual, attempted or suspected piracy and/or armed robbery incidents to its Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Centre….
(For information about operations worldwide, contact the respective GAC office. Details can be found in the ‘Worldwide’ section of www.gac.com)
Source: International Maritime Bureau (www.icc-ccs.org) briefing dated 22 July, 2015
Dredging at Tai O
July 22, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
For 13 months, dredging operations will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (K) and the adjacent breakwater:
(A) 22 deg. 15.049’N / 113 deg. 51.472’E
(B) 22 deg. 15.073’N / 113 deg. 51.627’E
(C) 22 deg. 14.991’N / 113 deg. 51.643’E
(D) 22 deg. 14.807’N / 113 deg. 51.515’E
(E) 22 deg. 14.809’N / 113 deg. 51.413’E
(F) 22 deg. 14.958’N / 113 deg. 51.251’E
(G) 22 deg. 15.125’N / 113 deg. 51.161’E
(H) 22 deg. 15.167’N / 113 deg. 51.307’E
(I) 22 deg. 14.881’N / 113 deg. 51.436’E
(J) 22 deg. 14.903’N / 113 deg. 51.499’E
(K) 22 deg. 14.929’N / 113 deg. 51.494’E
The works will be carried out by one derrick lighter and one hopper barge. One tug and some work boats will provide assistance. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.
A working area of approximately 15 metres around each working vessel will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the working vessels.
The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.
A silt curtain will be established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments.
Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.
Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.
(For information about operations in Hong Kong, contact GAC Hong Kong at email@example.com)
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.101 of 2015
El Nino and Gatun Lake water levels
July 22, 2015, Panama, Panama Canal
The Panama Canal may apply draft restrictions to transiting vessels in the next few weeks if the level of Lake Gatun reaches 79 feet (current level is about 81.1 feet).
It is anticipated that if measures are applied, drafts may be restricted to 38 feet 6 inches initially and probably more if situation deteriorates afterwards.
Water conservation measures have already been implemented two weeks ago. If further emergency measures are implemented, the Panama Canal will give four to five weeks notice.
The last time restrictive measures were implemented was in 1998.
For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at firstname.lastname@example.org
GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
Market Price Update 22/07/2015
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|Rio de Janeiro||327.00||304.00||693.00||0|
|West Africa – Abidjan||430.00||385.00||630.00||0|
|West Africa – Lome||0||415.00||635.00||0|
|West Africa – Luanda||430.00||385.00||630.00||0|
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