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GAC 01072014Worrying trend of small tanker hijacks in SE Asian waters: IMB
COUNTRY: Worldwide

The Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) raises concerns over a worrying trend of small tanker hijacks in its 2014 half yearly report.

Globally, 116 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships have been reported to the PRC in the first six months of 2014, down on the 138 incidents for the corresponding period for 2013. In 2014, 10 vessels were hijacked, seven fired upon, 78 boarded and 21 vessels reported attempted attacks against their vessels. Two hundred crewmembers were taken hostage, five kidnapped from their vessels and there were two fatalities according to the report.

In Southeast Asia, at least six known cases of coastal tankers being hijacked for their cargoes of diesel or gas oil have been reported since April this year, sparking fears of a new trend in pirate attacks in the area. Until then, the majority of attacks in the region had been on vessels, mainly at anchor, boarded for petty theft….

….Indonesia accounts for 47 of the reported incidents with vessels boarded in 40 reports. The overwhelming number of these incidents are low-level thefts against vessels. At Pulau Bintan, 18 incidents were reported, prompting the Indonesian Marine Police to add this port to the list of 10 areas where patrols have increased this year.

Off West Africa, 23 incidents have been reported, with Nigeria accounting for 10 of these reports. Four vessels were hijacked, including a product tanker taken off Ghana in early June and under the control of suspected Nigerian pirates for a week…. ….a crewmember was killed and another injured during a shootout with armed pirates when they boarded a vessel off the coast of Nigeria at the end of April. A further three vessels came under fire from Nigerian pirates during this period.

The number of Somali pirate attacks continues to remain low with 10 incidents reported including three vessels fired upon. No vessels were boarded. However [IMB Director] Mr Pottengal Mukundan warned: “While we welcome the continued decline in the number of Somali incidents the risk of piracy has not completely diminished. Ship masters are reminded to remain vigilant and apply the Best Management Practices guidelines.”

Created by industry bodies with input from navies, the Best Management Practices assist masters in transiting the dangerous waters in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia….

(For information about operations around the world, contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found under ‘GAC Worldwide’ at gac.com)

Source: International Chamber of Commerce International Maritime Bureau (www.icc-ccs.org) news briefing dated 22 July 2014

Public holidays declared for Eid-el-Fitri
July 24, 2014, Nigeria, all ports

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday and Tuesday (28-29 July) Public Holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

Normal work will resume on Wednesday 30 July.

For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at nigeria@gac.com

Dredging work off Senoko Jetty
July 24, 2014, Singapore, Singapore

Dredging work will be carried out at Senoko Jetty and its vicinity 24 hours daily including Sundays and Public Holidays from 25 July to 30 September.

As per the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.97 of 2014 dated 24 July 2014, the works will be conducted within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

1) 01° 27.90’N / 103° 47.68’E

2) 01° 27.93’N / 103° 47.67’E

3) 01° 28.01’N / 103° 47.80’E

4) 01° 27.99’N / 103° 47.82’E

Dredging work will be carried out by dredger held in position by anchors.

The dredger, with hopper barges in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the dredger. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barges assisted by pusher tugs.

During the operation, the dredger will be attended by tug boats. The tug boats will be used to shift the dredger.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:

(a) Keep well clear of the safety working zone of the dredgers;

(b) Maintain a proper lookout;

(c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;

(d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 21 (Sembawang Control);

and

(e) Communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

First gates moved to new locks for Canal expansion
July 24, 2014, Panama, Panama Canal

The Panama Canal expansion has reached another important milestone with the transfer of the first gates to the new locks complex in the Atlantic side….

….The process was carried out following rigorous safety measures to ensure that the more than 3, 000-ton steel structures could be moved to the dry lock chambers using the pavement ramp built for this purpose.

Eight of the 16 rolling gates that will be used for the new locks are already in Panama. The remaining eight will arrive in two separate shipments from its manufacturing site in Italy.

In the next couple of days, the other gates will be moved from the temporary unloading dock to the dry lock chambers to be able to use the area for the arrival of the remaining lock gates.

The Panama Canal Expansion Program is currently 77% complete.

(For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Extract from Panama Canal Authority press release

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