Suspicious Approach by 7 High Speed Crafts in Gulf of Aden

Published on January 13, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 11, 09:04 UTC: An unspecified merchant vessel has reported a suspicious approach by up to seven high speed crafts with 4 POB each. At 10:09 UTC the vessel reported that it was safe. Source: UKMTO Tags:  Gulf of Aden, suspicious approach

January 13, 2020
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US Destroyer Seizes Over 11,000lbs Hashish in Gulf of Aden

Published on January 7, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments December 27 2019: The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of narcotics aboard a stateless vessel while conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, Dec. 27. Chung-Hoon’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team seized over 11,000 pounds of hashish while conducting a flag verification boarding. The vessel was determined to…

January 7, 2020
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US and UK Issue Warnings for Commercial Vessels in Persian Gulf and Surrounding Waters

Published on January 7, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 06: In response to recent US military action in Iraq, targeting a senior member of Iran’s military, the US and UK have both issued warnings to the maritime industry operating in and around the Persian Gulf. US Warning: The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released U.S. Maritime Alert 2020-001A: Threat Type: Threat to Commercial Vessels from Iran and its…

January 7, 2020
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Brillante Virtuoso – Ruling on Attempted Maritime Insurance Fraud

Published on October 15, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments October 07: Between 2008 and 2011, nearly 200 vessels were taken by Somali pirates around the Gulf of Aden. The hull market has been exposed to many such claims and the vast majority have been resolved successfully and efficiently (albeit not without some tragic loss of life and considerable distress for the crews). Very few vessels were substantially damaged….

October 15, 2019
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EU NAVFOR Somalia Escorts United Nations World Food Programme Vessels to Safety

Published on September 9, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments September 06: Last week, EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation ATALANTA provided support to United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) vessels that were carrying NGO and United Nations Staff through the Gulf of Aden. The WFP requested support from EU NAVFOR Somalia following further deterioration of the security situation in Yemen, specifically near the city of Aden. Upon that request, EU…

September 9, 2019
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Suspicious Approach Near Aden in Gulf of Aden

Published on September 4, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments September 03 13:32 UTC: A merchant vessel was reported under attack by one skiff with more than 2 POB in position 12.08.1 N, 044.35.5 E. One skiff was sighted with more than two POB onboard. One at forward part of skiff, one at the aft manning the motor, others were lying low. A long aluminium ladder was spotted onboard…

September 4, 2019
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Iran Now Using Warships to Escort Their Commercial Ships

Published on August 28, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments August 26: Iran just deployed its most advanced warship — a missile-equipped naval destroyer — to the Gulf of Aden on Monday to protect its ships. The destroyer Sahand, equipped with surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, and air defense systems, deployed to the Gulf of Aden alongside of the logistical support ship Kharg, which carries helicopters, the Associated Press reported. When the…

August 28, 2019
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Counter-Piracy Task Forces Work Together to Deter Piracy and Increase Maritime Security in Gulf of Aden

Published on July 29, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 24: Warships from three nations have taken part in a counter-piracy surge operation, led by Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 in the Gulf of Aden. The operation was part of the Republic of Korea-led CTF 151’s mission to deter piracy and to contribute to wider maritime security in the region by focusing shared resources and assets over a…

July 29, 2019
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CMA CGM Introduces War Risk Surcharge in Middle East

Published on July 2, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 02: Due to the recent incidents in the Strait of Hormuz and amid significantly increasing insurance costs in the Middle East region, French container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM is introducing war risk surcharges, as follows: “Effective July 5th, 2019 (B/L date) for all trades, except USA and China (August 1st, 2019):From/To: Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrein,…

July 2, 2019
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