MSC Gayane Released on $50 Million Bail

Published on July 22, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 16: The MSC Gayane is back underway to Rotterdam minus the nearly 20 tons of cocaine seized from the ship last month after the owner and operator posted bail for the release of the vessel. United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William McSwain, wrote on Twitter that his office had secured $10 million in cash and a…

July 22, 2019
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Australian Police Seize $144m Worth of Cocaine in Port Botany, After It Shipped Hidden in Excavator via Port Kembla

Published on July 15, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 15: A shipment of $144 million worth of cocaine arrived at Port Kembla before it was seized by police at Port Botany. The narcotics arrived in Australia in a second-hand excavator, shipped out of South Africa into Port Kembla before being driven to Port Botany in June. Border Force officers were suspicious about the origin of the heavy…

July 16, 2019
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General Cargo Vessel Attacked 120mi SW of Brass, Nigeria

Published on July 15, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 13: At approx. 22:30LT the Turkish-flagged General Cargo Vessel PAKSOY 1 was reportedly attacked 120mi SW of Brass Terminal in Nigeria (0258N, 0044E). Two skiffs, each carrying 5-7 armed persons on board reportedly “attacked” the vessel. The level of violence, and all further details are currently unavailable. The vessel may well be hijacked. Source: MDAT-GOG & ARX Maritime…

July 15, 2019
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90 Kilos of Cocaine Transported Through Pailles Port, Seized in Mauritius

Published on July 12, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 10: Mauritius law enforcement tasked with counter-narcotics and counter-smuggling seized approx. 90 kilos of cocaine on Wednesday, valued at Rs 1,35 billion. The packages of cocaine were hidden under the hood of a construction excavator. The shipment is believed to have originated in Morocco, and gone through Pailles Port, and investigations at the port and with international collaboration…

July 12, 2019
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Boarding and Theft Aboard Vessel at Pointe-Noire Anchorage, DRC

Published on July 12, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 07: At approx. 03:30 UTC, an MV (NAME WITHHELD) was boarded by two unarmed persons while at Pointe- Noire anchorage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The unauthorized persons stole two ropes and fled in a white skiff. Vessel and crew were reported safe. Source: MDAT-GOG Tags:  DRC, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pointe Noire, successful boarding,…

July 12, 2019
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Chinese Customs Seize 500m Tonnes of Contraband Sugar and One Vessel in Suzhou

Published on July 11, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 31: Customs in the eastern city of Suzhou has busted a sugar-smuggling case, confiscating over 500 tonnes of sugar and arresting seven suspects, according to the General Administration of Customs (GAC). The officials also seized one ship and a large number of physical evidence. The case is currently under investigation. Suzhou customs officials have stepped up their efforts…

July 11, 2019
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Chinese Customs Seize 1,500 Tonnes of Contraband Frozen Food at Tangshan Port

Published on July 11, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments June 28: Customs in Shijiazhuang, the capital city of northern China’s Hebei Province, seized over 1,500 tonnes of frozen food worth 50 million yuan (7.27 million U.S. dollars), local customs said Thursday. The customs arrested eight suspects and confiscated 52 containers at the port of Tangshan in the province on June 28. The food, including frozen beef and beef…

July 11, 2019
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Boarding and Attempted Robbery Aboard Tanker Anchored off Pengerang, Malaysia in Singapore Strait

Published on July 10, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments June 16: According to late reports, at 0300 hrs local time, a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) patrol sighted two unauthorized wooden boats, both named Lima Sore, secured to a tanker that was anchored approximately 2.9 nm south of Teluk Ramunia, Pengerang. The patrol found four perpetrators attempting to steal items, including scrap metal, from the tanker. All four…

July 10, 2019
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MDAT-GoG Biannual Report Published and Available

Published on July 9, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 09: MDAT-GoG has released their biannual report, covering January – June 2019. It states that 53 events have been reported to MDAT-GoG for the first part of 2019, with the most common type of incidents reported including attack (27%), theft (25%), and hijack – kidnap (17%). February had by far the most number of incidents reported thus far…

July 9, 2019
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Secure Fishers Report on Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean

Published on July 9, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 09: Secure Fisheries (a One Earth Future program) has issued a report on Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean: Perceived Threats, Impacts, and Solutions. OVERVIEW: This brief is based on surveys of more than 100 representatives from maritime agencies in ten Indian Ocean countries. It highlights perspectives about the most significant maritime security threats, the impacts of illegal,…

July 9, 2019
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