Security, Crisis, Conflict & Piracy

  • Strikes in Brazil

    May 24, 2018 — OMNI would like to thank Laura Ganon at Fink Mobility for providing the following information about two strikes in Brazil.
  • Even buskers take bitcoin now, but should you? A note of warning

    May 24, 2018 — Even the street entertainers in London are now accepting bitcoin – but cryptocurrency, like blockchain, can be a frightening concept. At yesterday’s Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) meeting in Atlanta, an accountant from Acuity brought things back to basics, asking: should your company be using cryptocurrencies for payment?
  • Supply Chain Logistics Under Cyber Attack Threat as Maritime Insurers Offer Free Advice

    May 7, 2018 — Logistics companies are under attack from cyber criminals every single day and, historically, with some success. Now stakeholders in the community who possibly stand to lose the most in a successful attack, the maritime insurers, have released some frightening facts and offered advice to protect the interests of those occupying the central links of the supply chain.
  • Singapore to set up up maritime cybersecurity centre

    Apr 26, 2018 — Speaking at a Maritime Cyber Security Seminar in Singapore Tuesday, Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore chairman Niam Chiang Meng pledged the authority's continued support towards awareness building and capability development to help the industry boost its cyber resilience.
  • Could Truck Electronics Be the Next Cybersecurity Threat?

    Apr 24, 2018 — The potential for a truck’s vehicle bus, technically known as the J1939 bus, to be compromised by a nefarious actor and used as an access point into an ECM, has been known for some time, said Bill Brown, chairman of the Technology & Maintenance Council’s Future Truck Committee and the retired director of telematics for Southeastern Freight Lines.
  • Panama Canal Tugboat Captains Locked in Heated Dispute with Management Over Safe Manning of Tugs

    Apr 19, 2018 — Panama Canal tugboat captains are locked in a heated dispute with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) regarding the manning and safe operation of tugboats in the new Neopanamax locks. The dispute escalated in recent days since the ACP announced sanctions against some tugboat captains who the ACP accused of interrupting the performance of the Canal and causing economic loss by refusing to transit vessels on April 12.
  • Malacca Strait security needed by ASEAN

    Apr 17, 2018 — Multilateral cooperation among ASEAN militaries has been successful, but still needs to improve if the vital sea lines of communication of the Malacca Strait are to remain clear, particularly with the rise of two strategic military competitors to the east and west, namely China and India.
  • Patrick bracing for seven-day strike at Port Botany

    Apr 16, 2018 — Patrick stevedores is urgently seeking to stop allegedly unlawful industrial action at Port Botany as it braces for a seven-day strike that threatens to cripple its operations. The company has alleged the Maritime Union of Australia is unlawfully organising stevedores to refuse to work with an alternative workforce in solidarity with the terminal's contracted maintenance crew, who are preparing to take a week of protected industrial action from Wednesday.
  • Containership and Bulk Carrier Collide in Denmark’s Great Belt

    Mar 28, 2018 — Maritime authorities in Denmark are investigation a collision between a containership and a bulk carrier in Denmark’s Great Belt, which caused some containers to fall into the water. Seven containers are reported to have been lost from the containership. At least some of the containers have been recovered.
  • Canada Urges World Nations to Preserve Pillars of Global Trade

    Mar 26, 2018 — As the U.S. and China edge closer to a full-blown trade war, Canada has urged all nations to act to preserve the pillars of the world trading system. “We need to cherish the organizations that have been the cornerstone of the world economic order,” Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in an interview in Singapore on Saturday.
  • Crowley: Six Months After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s Road to Recovery is Being Made by Sea

    Mar 22, 2018 — It’s been called the most logistically challenging relief effort the United States has ever managed. When nearly Category 5 Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, it left a wake of destruction that residents and emergency responders are still reckoning with. Government officials knew of Crowley’s reputation and capabilities from the company’s previous rapid expeditionary response efforts around the world.
  • Crews Cleaning Up Containers at Port of Karachi After Ship Scrapes Another

    Mar 22, 2018 — Authorities in Pakistan’s southern port of Karachi have launched an effort to retrieve 21 containers knocked overboard after a ship moving into its berth brushed against a stationary vessel, officials said on Tuesday.
  • Big Mess at Port of Karachi After Container Ship Sideswipes Moored Vessel

    Mar 20, 2018 — Dozens of shipping containers have fallen into the water at Pakistan’s busiest deepwater port containership collided with a moored vessel during berthing on Monday. The incident occurred at the South Asia Pakistan Terminals facility in the Port of Karachi, where officials say approximately 55 to 60 containers fell into the water as a result of the incident, according to local media.
  • Is Southeast Asia home to the most dangerous waters in the world?

    Mar 19, 2018 — Increasing piracy, shipping accidents and political disputes have made Southeast Asia a dangerous place for seafarers. But what is the cause of these issues, and to what extent are countries in the region taking steps to solve them?
  • Insurers Brace for Multi-Million-Dollar Claims from Maersk Honam Fire

    Mar 16, 2018 — The insurance industry is bracing itself for hundreds of millions of dollars of claims from the biggest container vessel casualty to date – but some shippers will not have been insured. A Maersk spokesman told The Loadstar this week that no decision had yet been reached on the port of destination for the fire-damaged 15,262 teu Maersk Honam.
  • Major Fire on Ultra-Large Containership Maersk Honam in Arabian Sea, Situation ‘Critical’

    Mar 7, 2018 — An ultra-large containership belonging to container shipping giant Maersk has suffered what is being described as a ‘serious fire’ in one of its cargo holds in the Arabian Sea. According to an emailed statement from Maersk Line, the MV Maersk Honam reported a serious fire in a cargo hold on Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 15:20 GMT while enroute from Singapore towards Suez, Egypt.
  • Large Containership Loses About 70 Containers Overboard Off U.S. East Coast

    Mar 5, 2018 — A 10,000 TEU containership lost about 70 containers overboard on Saturday night while about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. The U.S. Coast Guard is warning mariners of navigation hazards.
  • Pirates Attack Two Ships in One Day off Nigeria

    Feb 28, 2018 — Armed pirates attacked two vessels in separate incidents on February 24 off the coast of Bonny Island, Nigeria, according to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.