Captain murdered on oil tanker off Venezuela: port authority

CARACAS (Reuters) – Armed assailants murdered the captain of an oil tanker after boarding his ship while it was anchored off the coast of eastern Venezuela, according to a local union leader and a report from a Venezuelan port authority.

Six armed individuals boarded the San Ramon tanker early Monday morning in Pozuelos Bay and shot the captain, Colombian national Jaime Herrera Orozco, a report from the Puerto La Cruz port authority seen by Reuters said.

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Source: reuters.com

Relatives of fishermen in fatal Corentyne piracy battling to come to terms with loss

Corentyne, Guyana

On October 5th, 2019, four Corentyne fishermen left home to head out to sea to ply their trade with the intention of returning with an income to take care of their families.

Those families are now left to not only fend for themselves but to also mourn the loss of their loved ones as one week after leaving home, the men’s boat was found aback of Cromarty Village, Corentyne. There was no sign of the fishermen.

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Source: stabroeknews.com

Councillor: Cedros fishermen escaped pirate attack

At around 6 am on Monday, fishermen who took to the sea for an early-morning catch reported being run down by pirates off the Cedros coast.

Councillor for the area Shankar Teelucksingh was called out to the shores of Cedros, where fishermen were docking their boat. They reported seeing what they said were Venezuelan pirates approaching them at sea.

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Source: newsday.co.tt

Icacos fishermen freed after US$13,000 ransom paid

by Sharlene Rampersad

Three fish­er­men kid­napped by Venezue­lan ban­dits and held for ran­som were re­leased late Wednes­day night af­ter US$13,000 was paid for their safe re­turn.

Fish­er­men Ramkissoon Har­richa­ran, 64, Car­lo Snei­der, 61, of Lovers Lane, Ica­cos and a 24-year-old Venezue­lan man iden­ti­fied as Amelto were re­leased by their cap­tors on Wednes­day night, shak­en but in oth­er­wise good health.

The three were snatched at gun­point around 7 am on Tues­day while fish­ing off Gal­fa Point in Ica­cos about half a mile from the shore.

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Source: guardian.co.tt

Kidnappers now want US$20,000 for missing fishermen

POLICE on Wednesday confirmed that US$20,000 is now being demanded for the safe release of three Icacos fishermen who were abducted at sea on Tuesday morning.

But Sgt Rishi Ramsaran told Newsday, reports that relatives of the men were robbed when they went to pay the initial ransom of US$10,000 were untrue. “It was discovered that it is a hoax. But a family member reported that they received a telephone call that the captors increased the ransom from US$10,000 to US$20,000,” Ramsaran said.

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Source: newsday.co.tt

T&T: Three fishermen kidnapped

Venezue­lan pi­rates who op­er­ate out of Patos Is­land, one of Venezuela’s small un­in­hab­it­ed is­land, have re­port­ed­ly kid­napped three Ica­cos fish­er­men for ran­som.

The is­land is lo­cat­ed in the north­west­ern Gulf of Paria and is said to be one of the hide­outs for des­per­ate Venezue­lan pi­rates who kid­nap and smug­gle drugs and guns in ex­change for ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties.

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Source: guardian.co.tt

Maritime security training for Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is the latest IMO Member State to receive maritime security training. A self-assessment and audit training workshop took place in in Port of Spain, Trinidad (23-27 September).

Participants were trained in self-assessing how two key IMO maritime security instruments – SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code – are implemented at the port facility level. This is done using established, industry-standard IMO and ISO procedures to identify areas for improvement.

The course addressed outcomes of a previous workshop on ISPS Code responsibilities delivered by IMO in Port of Spain last year.

The workshop included theoretical lessons for participants to understand the certification process involved in obtaining the Statement of Compliance of a Port Facility, presentations on audit processes and techniques, and practical exercises on role playing the review of a port facility security plan.

Source: imo.org