Maritime surveillance network to safeguard Indian waters

Shirish Nadkarni

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and French agency CNES (National Centre for Space Studies) have forged an alliance to set up a network of satellites for maritime surveillance to help detect, identify and track ships in the Indian Ocean, in order to safeguard Indian waters from the unwanted attention of pirates and hostile ships.

This was revealed by Vice-Admiral Pradeep Chauhan in the course of his talk on ‘India as a Net Security Provider – Indian Ocean Region and Beyond; Maritime Security and the Blue Economy’ during the concluding session of the two-day Inmex SMM Virtual Expo, last week.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: seatrade-maritime.com

Huge cache of drugs seized from Sri Lanka-bound vessel

S. Vijay Kumar

The Indian Coast Guard intercepted a boat carrying a huge quantity of heroin and some foreign nationals off the Thoothukudi coast early on Wednesday. Preliminary enquiry revealed that the suspects were armed and transporting the narcotics consignment to Sri Lanka.

Defence vessels have stepped up surveillance along the eastern seaboard since Tuesday to assist fishermen in distress ahead of Cyclone Nivar. While it was not clear whether the boat was intercepted by chance or after a specific input, a senior official said initial reports confirmed the presence of foreign nationals in possession of a huge quantity of drugs.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: thehindu.com

Oil tanker hit by blast at Saudi terminal, Saudi Arabia confirms

By ,

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – An explosion damaged a Greek-managed tanker at a Saudi Arabian terminal on the Red Sea just north of the Yemeni border, the ship’s manager said on Wednesday, in an attack confirmed by Saudi Arabia.

In a statement published by state media, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said a commercial vessel suffered minor damage from shrapnel in what it described as a foiled terrorist attack.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: uk.reuters.com

MarsecNews: This incident comes just two days after Saudi coalition forces destroyed a number of sea mines in the Red Sea. Click here for details.

EFCC Receives Four Suspected Oil Thieves From Navy

The Nigerian Navy has handed over four suspected oil thieves to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Rivers State.

They are Ebenezer Afonka (captain), Bernard Umor (engineer), Kingsley Monday, and Ishmael Willy, the EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed in a statement. The Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the anti-graft agency received the suspects from the navy on Tuesday alongside a vessel – MV Captain Samuel.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: channelstv.com

Three ‘Abu Sayyaf bombers’ killed in encounter off Zamboanga City

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) — Police killed three suspected Abu Sayyaf bombers on board a pump boat in waters off Zamboanga City Wednesday morning.

The militants were “believed to be on a bombing mission” when authorities spotted them “speeding towards Zamboanga City” at daybreak, the Philippine National Police said in a statement. Two caliber .45 pistols and a cache of explosives were recovered from their pump boat, the PNP said.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: cnnphilippines.com

Eight days after failed negotiation, three crew members kidnapped on-board Lagos-bound vessel

By Tola Adenubi

Suspected maritime pirates have kidnapped three crew members from a Lagos bound Togolese flagged bunkering vessel, MT STELIOS K with IMO number 8679209, following failed negotiations for their release with the vessel owners over a period of eight days. This is even as findings revealed that the Nigerian Navy has dispatched a vessel to locate the whereabouts of the vessel.

Suspected pirates had boarded the MT STELIOS K on the 16 of November 2020 at exactly 40 nautical miles South Lome.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: tribuneonlineng.com

 

MarsecNews: Note On Monday 23rd, MDAT-GoG updated their previous reports with the below (image shows last position):

WARNING 006/NOV/2020 – UPDATE 08

1. CATEGORY: BOARDING

2. TIME: 23 Nov 2020 at 0900UTC.

3. DESCRIPTION: MDAT GoG has received an update regarding the last position of the boarded MT. The attackers have left the MT. The ship is heading to Lagos, Nigeria. Local authorities have been informed.

4. POSITION: 05°19N – 003°33E (170/65NM off Lagos Nigeria).

Hostages snatched from Sabah unhurt in latest skirmish between Abu Sayyaf and Philippines military

By MUGUNTAN VANAR

KOTA KINABALU: Four Indonesian hostages abducted from Sabah earlier this year are unhurt as their Abu Sayyaf captors clashed with pursuing Philippines military forces in Jolo.

Regional intelligence sources said the gunmen managed to escape the pursuing Philippines marines who killed Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders Hatib Munap and Sansibar Bencio during the gunfight at Panamao in the southern Philippines island of Jolo on Friday (Nov 20).

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: thestar.com.my

Six Foreigners, Nigerian Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Oil Theft

The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced six foreigners and a Nigerian to seven years imprisonment for oil theft.

Justice Kolawole Omotosho gave the sentence yesterday (Mon 23rd) after three years of prosecution of the convicts by the Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: thisdaylive.com

FG to Commence $195m Maritime Security Project Q1 2021

Eromosele Abiodun

The federal government has disclosed that barring any unforeseen circumstance, the $195 million Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also called the Deep Blue Project, which has suffered many delays will commence in the first quarter of next year.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi announced this during an inspection of some of the Deep Blue Project equipment in Lagos at the weekend.

To continue reading, please click here.

Source: thisdaylive.com