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Yacht race from Hong Kong to Daya Bay
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, Hong Kong

A yacht race from Hong Kong to Daya Bay in the Mainland will take place on 8 November 2018 (Thursday). About 80 yachts are expected to participate in the race.

The race will start in the vicinity of Steep Island, Sai Kung at 0900 hours on 8 November 2018.

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to those contestants. Compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 is mandatory.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of the Hong Kog SAR Marine Department Notice No.168 of 2018

Record-low hijackings yet danger persists in Gulf of Guinea: IMB global piracy report
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, Worldwide

A total of 156 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre in the first nine months of 2018 compared to 121 for the same period in 2017.

The 2018 figure is broken down as 107 vessels boarded, 32 attempted attacks, 13 vessels fired upon and four vessels hijacked—although no vessels were reported as hijacked in the third quarter of 2018. This is first time since 1994 when no vessel hijackings have been reported in two consecutive quarters.

Nevertheless, incidents of this crime persist, with the number of crew members held hostage increasing in comparison to the same period in 2017—from 80 incidents to 112 by the third quarter of 2018…

…the Gulf of Guinea accounts for 57 of the 156 reported incidents. While most of these incidents have been reported in and around Nigeria (41), the Nigerian Navy has actively responded and dispatched patrol boats when incidents have been reported promptly. There has also been a noticeable increase in the number of vessels boarded at the Takoradi anchorage, in Ghana.

37 of the 39 crew kidnappings for ransom globally have occurred in the Gulf of Guinea region, in seven separate incidents. A total of 29 crew members were kidnapped in four separate incidents off Nigeria—including a 12-crew kidnapping from a bulk carrier off Bonny Island, Nigeria in September 2018…

…No new incidents have been reported off the coast of Somalia in the third quarter of 2018, while two fishermen were reported kidnapped off Semporna, Malaysia in September 2018…

(For information about operations around the world, contact the respective GAC office. Details can be found in the GAC WORLDWIDE section of www.gac.com)

Source: Extracts from ICC International Maritime Bureau (www.icc-ccs.org) News Release issued 29 October 2018

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