Indian Coast Guard Increases Maritime Surveillance Following Sri Lanka Explosions

Published on April 26, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments April 21 – Present: The Indian Coast Guard has increased surveillance and deployed more ships and aircraft for patrolling following a series of devastating blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday. This has been done to ensure that no element that could pose as a security threat sneaks into the country through sea, a senior Coast Guard official said. “We have…

April 26, 2019
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USCG Offloads 14,000 lbs of Marijuana and 3,660 lbs of Cocaine at Port Everglade

Published on April 24, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments April 18: The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear (WMEC-901) is scheduled to offload approximately 14,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $12.5 million wholesale and 3,660 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $50 million wholesale Thursday [April 18] at Port Everglades seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The drugs were interdicted off the coasts…

April 24, 2019
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Turkey Seized 5 Tons of Powdered Marijuana Off Libyan Coast in February

Published on April 16, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments February 05: Nearly 5 tons of powdered marijuana were seized in international waters on the Mediterranean Sea, Turkey’s Interior Ministry said on Monday. The “Unity Operation” against drug smugglers was conducted by Turkish police, gendarmerie and coast guard, the ministry said in a statement. Acting on a tip-off, Turkish security forces determined that suspected drug traffickers aboard a Turkish flagged fishing…

April 16, 2019
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U.S. Imposes Entry Restrictions on Vessels Traveling from Seychelles Due to ISPS NonCompliance

Published on April 16, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments April 12: A report by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has found that Seychelles is not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures at its port.  The Seychelles Port Authority chair, Paul Hodoul, said the island nation wants to comply with the US standards but that “it is difficult for us to become ISPS compliant as there are many physical constraints at…

April 16, 2019
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Vietnam Gets Six Patrol Boats from U.S. Signaling Closer Security Ties

Published on April 5, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments March 31: The Vietnamese coast guard Sunday received six patrol boats from the United States, in a move that indicates a renewed desire for cooperation between the former enemies. The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi handed over the six Metal Shark patrol boats, estimated to be worth about $12 million, at Van Phong bay, Khanh Hoa province, situated in Vietnam’s…

April 5, 2019
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Philippines Coast Guard Deploys New Fast Patrol Boat to Southwestern Mindanao

Published on April 1, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments March 30: The Philippine Coast Guard has deployed one of the 4 newly acquired French Fast Patrol boats to southwestern Mindanao. Customs Commissioner Ret. Gen. Leonardo Rey Guerrero said BRP Malamawi, which arrived here Friday, will be used in anti-smuggling operations. The vessel is powered with 2 diesel engines, can attain a maximum speed of 32 knots, and can…

April 1, 2019
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Philippine Coast Guard Recruiting Fishermen to Help Disrupt Narcotics Smuggling

Published on April 1, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments March 30: With drug smugglers dropping off their illegal cargo at sea, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is now recruiting fishermen to become force multipliers. The PCG is particularly recruiting fishermen along the country’s eastern seaboard to become part of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA). The PCG said the fishermen would be trained to spot suspicious vessels dropping…

April 1, 2019
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US will protect Philippines

Reassurance for Duterte. Pompeo assures Philippines of U.S. protection in event of sea conflict Karen Lema, Neil Jerome Morales MANILA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Continue Reading »

March 1, 2019
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