CSO Alliance Situation Report: Libyan Maritime Security

Published on January 14, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments © CSO Alliance, 2020 January 14: Recent developments in Libya that have the potential to impact the maritime industry include: January 09 – The Libyan National Army (LNA) reportedly bans ships from calling to Misurata and Al Khums [see below images] January 12 – The LNA claims it has seized an Italian cargo vessel off Misurata. January 14 –…

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110kg Cocaine Seized From Coal Ship in IJmuiden, Netherlands

Published on January 14, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 06: Dutch authorities have reportedly seized 110kg of cocaine from a coal ship in IJmuiden, and arrested three suspects. Source: Politie Tags:  Cocaine, IJmuiden, Netherlands, bulk carrier, cocaine seizure, narcotics, narcotics seizure

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“Operation Dead Port”: 72-Hour Strike Begins at French Ports

Published on January 14, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments Strikes in France continue to cause major disruptions at ports. Local social media refers tol’opération port mort (operation dead port), a 72-hour port strike at French ports. The following are likely effected: Dunkirk Nantes Saint Nazaire La Rochelle Bordeaux Marseille Rouen Le Havre Source: Twitter / Various Tags:  Bordeaux, Dunkirk, France, La Rochelle, Le Havre, Marseille, Nantes, Rouen, Saint…

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Strike Action Set to Continue at Felixstowe Port

Published on January 14, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 14: Following strikes last month, fresh talks are due to be held at Felixstowe docks on Thursday (January 16) after union members voted decisively in favour of strike action. Felixstowe is the UK’s busiest container port. Source: Ipswich Star / Sarah Chambers Tags:  England, Felixstowe, UK, United Kingdom, port strike, strike

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24-hr Strike at DP World Terminal in Fremantle, Australia; Further Actions Planned

Published on January 14, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 14: No fewer than 200 dockworkers at DP World’s container terminal in Fremantle, Australia, have stopped work for 24 hours, accusing the company of failing to bargain in good faith as negotiations for a new workplace agreement drag on for more than 15 months. The strike, which commenced on late January 12, will be followed by a range…

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ICC 2019 Report: Unprecedented Number of Crew Kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea

Published on January 14, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 14: Despite overall piracy incidents declining in 2019, there was an alarming increase in crew kidnappings across the Gulf of Guinea, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual piracy report. In 2019, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre received 162 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships worldwide, in comparison to 201 reported incidents…

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US Reportedly Attempted To An Iranian Commander in Yemen The Same Night as Soleimani Strike

Published on January 13, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 10: An unsuccessful strike on another high-ranking Iranian military commander took place in Yemen on the same night a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, two sources told US news outlet ABC News. The Jan. 2 nighttime strike targeted Abdul Reza Shahla’i, a key Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force commander, at his compound in Yemen,…

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Android Trojan Kills Google Play Protect, Spews Fake App Reviews

Published on January 13, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 11: An Android malware strain camouflaged as a system app is used by threat actors to disable the Google Play Protect service, generate fake reviews, install malicious apps, show ads, and more. The heavily obfuscated malware dubbed Trojan-Dropper.AndroidOS.Shopper.a uses a system icon and the ConfigAPKs name which closely resembles the name of a legitimate Android service responsible for app configuration the first…

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Reducing Somalia’s Piracy By Building a Fishing Industry

Published on January 13, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 07: At the peak of the problem, in 2011, there were 237 incidents of piracy off Somalia and the Gulf of Aden (the sea separating Somalia and Yemen), accounting for more than half of all such incidents worldwide. The pirates would often hold shipping crews hostage for ransom. Somali piracy cost an estimated $6.6 billion in 2011 in international naval…

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Four Chinese Nationals Kidnapped Near Libreville Rescued

Published on January 13, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 12: Four Chinese nationals [two captains and two chief officers] abducted by pirates during a late December attack in waters off Owendo port in Libreville, Gabon’s capital were rescued recently in Nigeria, the Chinese Consulate to Lagos confirmed on Sunday. An official from the consulate told Chinese news agency Xinhua that the consulate has been working closely with…

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