IMO Issues Notice That Warnings From infoex@remisc.org Are Not Legitimate

Published on June 24, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments June 24: The International Maritime Office (IMO) has issued the following notice: “Warning – false piracy information – updated “IMO would like to draw to the attention of the international maritime community that warnings currently being issued from the email account of the Regional Maritime Information Sharing Centre (REMISC) in Sana’a, Yemen (infoex@remisc.org) are not legitimate.  “Given the current situation…

June 24, 2019
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USCG Bulletin: Cyber Adversaries Targeting Commercial Vessels

Published on June 21, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments Last month, the US Coast Guard issued the following Maritime Safety Information Bulletin, entitled Cyber Adversaries Targeting Commercial Vessels: This bulletin is to inform the maritime industry of recent email phishing and malware intrusion attempts that targeted commercial vessels. Cyber adversaries are attempting to gain sensitive information including the content of an official Notice of Arrival (NOA) using email addresses that…

June 21, 2019
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UK FCO Issues Updated Travel Advice for South Sudan Regarding Scheduled Formation of New Government

Published on May 2, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments April 29: On 29 April 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for South Sudan, which reads in part as follows: “Further deterioration in the security situation remains a real possibility, and could be prompted by a number of factors including developments in the fragile economy and the ongoing peace process. Tensions may increase…

May 2, 2019
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Nigerian Governor Seeks Support in Tackling Maritime Crime

Published on April 27, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments April 19: Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, has charged the Joint Task Force “Operation Delta Safe” to vigorously undertake efforts that will lead to curbing kidnapping, sea piracy and sundry crimes in the maritime environment. Governor Dickson gave the charge when he received the new Commander, Rear Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade who is also seeking the partnership of government to protect…

April 27, 2019
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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Shipping Companies with Ties to Venezuela

Published on April 16, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments April 12: The US announced sanctions on Friday on four shipping companies and nine vessels involved in shipping oil from Venezuela. The companies were named as Liberia-based Jennifer Navigation, Lima Shipping Corp and Large Range, which each own one tanker, and Italy-based PB Tankers, which owns six vessels. The move follows last week’s sanctions by the US Treasury on…

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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Equatorial Guinea Opposition Leader Detained for Alleged Coup Plot

Published on April 16, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments April 11: Andres Esono Ondo, a leading Equatorial Guinea opposition figure, has been arrested in Chad on suspicion of preparing a coup, the oil-rich country’s external security minister Juan Antonio Bibang Nchuchuma has said. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, 76, has repeatedly accused people within Equatorial Guinea and elsewhere of seeking to overthrow him. He is now Africa’s longest-serving leader…

April 16, 2019
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Singapore To Increase Criminal Penalties for Not Meeting Low Sulfur Fuel Requirements From Next Year

Published on April 5, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments April 03: Singapore has a message for shipping companies considering cheating on rules starting next year to combat pollution to save a few dollars on their fuel bills: don’t. Captains and owners of vessels that burn overly sulfurous fuel in the Asian country’s territorial waters could face as long as two years in prison from the start of 2020,…

April 6, 2019
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IMO Works to Clamp Down on Illicit Shipping Practices

Published on April 5, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments April 04: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is working on tougher measures to clamp down on rogue shipping companies trying to use flag registries fraudulently to conceal their activities, officials said. All commercial ships have to be registered – flagged in a particular country – partly to comply with safety and environmental laws. With international and U.S. sanctions imposed…

April 6, 2019
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China, Cambodia Launch Year of Law Enforcement Cooperation

Published on April 1, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments March 30: China and Cambodia here on Friday launched the Year of Law Enforcement Cooperation between the two sides, pledging to strengthen cooperation in combating cross-border criminal activities. Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi and visiting Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng attended the launch ceremony. Zhao said that the decision of…

April 1, 2019
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