US Warns of Potential Data Leaks from Chinese-Made UAVs

Published on May 22, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments May 21: The US government has issued an alert warning that Chinese-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), could pose a cyber-espionage risk to American businesses and other organisations that use them. The notice added that those using UAVs for tasks related to national security or critical infrastructure were most at risk. While the warning does not refer to…

May 22, 2019
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Heightened Assessed Risk and Security Measures Implemented in Strait of Hormuz

Published on May 20, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments May 20: Following the recent attacks at Fujairah anchorage: (1) Shipowners and ship managers are increasing their security measures while in the Strait of Hormuz. For example, (1a) Japanese shipping major Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has decided to stop sending tankers for refuelling, maintenance or crew swaps in Fujairah, (1b) Anglo-Eastern, has given its crew extra security guidelines when…

May 20, 2019
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Fujairah Attack – ASSESSMENT

Published on May 18, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments May 17: Further to initial reports, it has now been confirmed that on the morning of May 12, four tankers were attacked: AL MARZOQAH (IMO 9165762, KSA-Flagged) ANDREA VICTORY (IMO 9288849, Norway-flagged) AMJAD (IMO 9779800, KSA-Flagged) A MICHEL (IMO 9177674, UAE-Flagged) For a full assessment, CSO Alliance (the authors of the Maritime Security Review) have published a publically available…

May 18, 2019
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Fujairah Attack UPDATE

Published on May 17, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments May 17: Further to initial reports, it has now been confirmed that on the morning of May 12, four tankers were attacked: AL MARZOQAH (IMO 9165762, KSA-Flagged) ANDREA VICTORY (IMO 9288849, Norway-flagged) AMJAD (IMO 9779800, KSA-Flagged) A MICHEL (IMO 9177674, UAE-Flagged) The attacks very likely involved high grade explosives, delivered by underwater unmanned vehicles (UUVs or underwater drones). None…

May 17, 2019
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Human Rights Group Attempts to Block Saudi Vessel Loading French Arms at Le Havre Port

Published on May 15, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments May 09: Two French human rights group on Thursday sought to block the loading of weapons onto a Saudi Arabian vessel that was due to dock in Le Havre later in the day, arguing the cargo contravened an international arms treaty. The action comes weeks after an online investigative site published leaked French military intelligence that claimed to show…

May 15, 2019
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UAE Reports Four Commercial Vessels Attacked Near Fujairah

Published on May 14, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments May 12: The UAE said on Sunday that four commercial vessels were sabotaged near Fujairah emirate, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz. It did not describe the nature of the attack or say who was behind it. The UAE on Monday identified the vessels as two crude oil tankers owned by…

May 14, 2019
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Reduced Boundaries for High Risk Area (HRA) in Indian Ocean In Effect From May 01

Published on May 14, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments May 01: As a reminder from the announcement in March, the geographic boundaries of the High Risk Area (HRA) for piracy in the Indian Ocean have been reduced, and came into effect on May 01. The High Risk Area reflects the area where the threat from piracy exists, whilst recognising the ongoing containment of pirate attacks in the Indian…

May 14, 2019
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Pakistan Apprehends 30 Gujarat Fishermen Seizes 6 Boats

Published on May 10, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments May 06: At least 30 Gujarat fishermen were apprehended early Monday by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) near the international maritime boundary in the Arabian Sea, a Porbandar-based National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) official said. NFF secretary Manish Lodhari said the PMSA also seized six fishing boats. “Thirty fishermen on board six boats were apprehended by PMSA near IMBL early…

May 10, 2019
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U.S. Seized North Korean Cargo Ship Over Violating Sanctions in April 2018

Published on May 10, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments May 09: U.S. authorities have taken custody of a North Korean cargo ship for the first time for allegedly violating sanctions, announcing the seizure Thursday shortly after Pyongyang fired two short-range ballistic missiles, its second weapons test in less than a week. U.S. officials said the 17,061-ton Wise Honest, North Korea’s second-largest bulk carrier, was impounded by maritime authorities…

May 10, 2019
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US Executive Order Relating to Sanctions on Iranian Metals

Published on May 10, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments May 08: US lawyer Bill Juska of Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP has advised that on 8 May 2019, US President Trump issued a new Executive Order “Imposing Sanctions with Respect to the Iron, Steel, Aluminium, and Copper Sectors of Iran.” He reports as follows: QUOTE The Executive Order authorizes blocking sanctions on any person (not just a U.S….

May 10, 2019
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