SAFETY4SEA Conference & Awards
2017
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SAFETY4SEA Conference & Awards
2017
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Security

IMO: Addressing migrant crisis

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During the second workshop of the International Dialogue on Migration, held in Geneva, on 18-19 July, IMO’s Julian Abril underlined that the number of merchant ships involved in rescue operations has remained relatively constant since 2015. Of particular concern is the upward trend in migrants reported dead or missing in 2016 and 2017.

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Risk in Gulf of Aden remains, CMF say

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In view of the recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb, Combined Maritime Forces reminds operators that there are still risks associated with transits through these waters. Daylight attacks by small boats have been conducted against the tankers MV Galicia Spirit in October 2016 and MT Muskie in May 2017.

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IMO focuses on maritime security strategy for Cameroon

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Work to assist the Government of Cameroon to develop a national maritime security strategy is underway in Yaoundé, from 5 to 14 July, IMO informed. Senior government officials concerned with maritime matters are attending meetings with an IMO consultant, with a view to setting up a maritime security committee.

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ISS:Better knowledge can improve security in Western Indian Ocean

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Although international donors have provided significant assistance, there are still no reliable regional maritime domain awareness structures in the Western Indian Ocean. In view of this, the EU Institute for Security Studies issued a policy brief identifying opportunities through low-tech solutions, human resources and collaboration for improvement of awareness in the region.

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Kidnappers behead two hostage Vietnamese sailors

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The Armed Forces of the Philippine confirmed that Abu Sayyaf group beheaded two Vietnamese sailors, who have been held as hostages for the last eight months. The victims were two of six crew members kidnapped by the ASG, after it hijacked their ship, Royal 16 bulk-carrier, off Basilan waters, in November 2016.

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Operation against sea crime begins in Malaysian waters

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On July 4th, the Malaysian Navy and marine police, in cooperation with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, begin a two-week operation against sea crime activities, in the country's south waters. The operation was launched following the hijacking of a Thai oil tanker, on June 23, when pirates stole 1.5 million litres of diesel.

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