Troops rescue Abu Sayyaf’s last captive

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr.

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Government troops rescued an Indonesian fisherman, the last captive of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the province of Sulu, a top military official said Thursday.

Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, identified the rescued Indonesian fisherman as Muhammad Farhan, 27, who was rescued around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in Barangay Bato-Bato, Indanan, Sulu.

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Source: pna.gov.ph

A military nurse goes over the medical chart of Muhammad Farhan, an Indonesian fisherman, who was rescued Wednesday (Jan. 15, 2020) by government troops in an intelligence-driven operation in Indanan, Sulu. He is the last known captive of the bandit group. (Photo courtesy of Western Mindanao Command Public Information Office)
A military nurse goes over the medical chart of Muhammad Farhan, an Indonesian fisherman, who was rescued Wednesday (Jan. 15, 2020) by government troops in an intelligence-driven operation in Indanan, Sulu. He is the last known captive of the bandit group. (Photo courtesy of Western Mindanao Command Public Information Office)

Piracy: Seafarer Wants FG To Equip Navy, Marine Police

A Port Harcourt based seafarer, Onmonya Udeh, has appealed to the Federal Government to equip the Nigerian Navy and the Marine Police to tackle piracy in the nation’s waterways.

Udeh lamented that pirates were armed with more sophisticated weapons than the Navy and the Marine police, thereby posing serious threats to the lives of mariners and passengers.

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Source: thetidenewsonline.com

Seoul exploring own way to contribute security in Hormuz

Persian Gulf/SoH

By Jung Da-min

Presidential Chief of Staff Noh Young-min said Thursday that the government could seek its own way to protect the lives and properties of Koreans in the Strait of Hormuz rather than participating in a U.S.-led naval coalition policing the region.

His remarks came amid Washington’s increasing pressure on Seoul to participate in the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC), a coalition of countries including the United States, Saudi Arabia, the U.K. and Bahrain sending naval units to the area to safeguard navigation.

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Source: koreatimes.co.kr

Reps Plan Security Summits On Ports

The House of Representatives Committee on Ports and Harbours says it will soon organise a nationwide security summit to tackle acts of insecurity in the nation’s ports.

The committee also decried the spate of piracy in the nation’s waterways and abduction of crew members of vessels coming to Eastern ports.

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Source: thetidenewsonline.com

New Red Sea alliance borne out of urgent necessity

Albadr Alshateri

The Red Sea has been attracting an increasing amount of attention from Gulf states in recent years. Saudi Arabia and the UAE offered $3 billion in aid to Sudan following the ouster of former dictator Omar Al Bashir, and some states have intervened as part of the Combined Task Force off the coast of Somalia to help combat piracy in the area. Also just last week, this trend culminated in the creation of a special council for Arab and African nations bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, at a conference held in Riyadh this month.

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Source: thenational.ae

Military leaders from four littoral states meet to tackle spike in robberies in Singapore Strait

Lim Min Zhang

SINGAPORE – Senior military leaders from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia will meet on Wednesday (Jan 15) to discuss ways to combat the recent spike in sea robberies in the Singapore Strait.

The two-day 14th Malacca Straits Patrol Joint Coordinating Committee Meeting, hosted by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), will be co-chaired by representatives of the four littoral states, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Source: straitstimes.com

ReCAAP issues annual piracy report

A total of 82 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships (comprising 71 actual incidents and 11 attempted incidents) were reported in Asia in 2019. This accounts for a 8% increase in the total number of incidents and a 15% increase in the actual incidents reported in 2019 compared to 2018. In 2018, 76 incidents (comprising 62 actual incidents and 14 attempted incidents) were reported. Majority of the incidents reported in 2019 were armed robbery against ships. Of the 82 incidents reported in 2019, two were incidents of piracy, and 80 were incidents of armed robbery against ships.

There was improvement at some ports and anchorages in Asia in 2019 compared to 2018. The improvement occurred in Bangladesh and Indonesia. In Bangladesh, no incident was reported at its ports and anchorages in 2019 compared to 11 incidents in 2018. In Indonesia, the number of incidents at its ports and anchorages decreased to 23 incidents in 2019 from 27 incidents in 2018.

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Source: recaap.org

MarsecNews Note: To get the full picture of global piracy, figures from both the ReCAAP and IMB need to be collated along with those from UKMTO and other agencies.