Security, Crisis, Conflict & Piracy

  • U.S. Navy Joins Puerto Rico Sealift Effort

    Nov 17, 2017 — At Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina, the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command is facilitating a small-scale domestic sealift to bring utility trucks, front end loaders, portable living quarters and other much-needed supplies to Puerto Rico. The ro/ro USNS Brittin will make six voyages to and from the island over the course of the next several weeks.
  • Port of Vietnam experiences congestion due to storm

    Nov 15, 2017 — The port of Quy Nhon, in Vietnam, is congested at the time, because of a storm that occurred in the area, resulting in multiple vessels to sink, thus blocking ship traffic, sources report. The storm hit the port on November 4, making the port authority to issue a temporary block of the channel and reduce ship traffic to vessels with draft up to 5.5m.
  • Nigeria: Piracy - Foreign Shipping Firms Pay N14 Billion to Escort Vessels in Nigeria

    Nov 6, 2017 — Due to the volatile nature of Nigeria waterways, foreign shipping companies spend over N13.76 billion ($45 million) annually to escort their vessels from one point to another on Nigeria's waterways, LEADERSHIP has learnt. About four major international shipping companies operate in the country including Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Grimaldi and CMA/CGM in addition to smaller foreign and local shipping companies operating on the waterways.
  • U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Calls for Increased Security Funding at LA, Long Beach Ports

    Nov 1, 2017 — While praising efforts to protect the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports from terrorist and cyber-attacks, members of Congress aired concerns Oct. 31 about threats to public safety and the economy if federal funding for maritime security programs isn’t raised to meet new threats.
  • 4 takeaways from the IMB’s latest global piracy report

    Oct 30, 2017 — The flagship global report notes that, while piracy rates were down compared to the same period in 2016, there is continuing concern over attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and in South East Asia. The increase in attacks off the coast of Venezuela and other security incidents against vessels off Libya - including an attempted boarding in the last quarter - highlights the need for vigilance in other areas. In total, 92 vessels were boarded, 13 were fired upon, there were 11 attempted attacks and five vessels were hijacked in the first nine months of 2017.
  • Inmarsat Shipboard Communication Platform Found Vulnerable to Hacking

    Oct 30, 2017 — Seattle-based cybersecurity firm IOActive has uncovered what it describes as critical security flaws in one of Inmarsat’s shipboard communication platforms that could leave the platform and vessels’ networks vulnerable to remote hackers.
  • New Security Rules Take Effect on U.S.-Bound Flights

    Oct 27, 2017 — New security measures for all passengers on U.S.-bound flights took effect today, with airline personnel conducting short interviews with travelers at check-in or the boarding gate. The directive was announced by the Trump administration in July as an alternative to banning laptops and other electronic devices from the cabin of inbound flights to the U.S. The new rules apply to American and global airlines and affect roughly 2,100 flights from around the world that enter the U.S. on any given day.
  • Cyber researchers reveal serious Wi-Fi security flaw

    Oct 17, 2017 — Researchers on Monday disclosed a serious security flaw in the encryption standard that protects tens of millions of consumer, business and government Wi-Fi networks — a hole they said could allow hackers to intercept sensitive traffic, tamper with websites or install malware or ransomware.
  • After naval patrols, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines launch air surveillance ops over Sulu Sea

    Oct 16, 2017 — The operations, part of a tri-nation effort to curb movements of militants linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the southern Philippines, mark the first joint air patrol over the dangerous waters. "Affiliated terrorist organisations and sympathisers have exploited the porous borders and linked up with local terrorist groups, evident following the Marawi City siege," said Malaysia's Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.
  • Nate to Bring More Damages to Hurricane-Weary Region

    Oct 7, 2017 — Tropical Storm Nate, on track to strike near New Orleans overnight Saturday, may cause close to $1 billion in damage across Central America and the U.S., regions already battered by the most powerful month of hurricanes on record.
  • HURRICANE MARIA DIVERSION GUIDANCE

    Oct 2, 2017 — CBP recognizes that the current extraordinary weather situation created by Hurricane Maria may cause many ocean vessels to divert from their intended port of unlading to other port locations for discharge purposes. To ensure smooth processing of bills and associated status notifications in the new port of unlading, CBP reminds the carriers that they should amend the manifest to reflect the new port of unlading.
  • Trump Waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico, Easing Hurricane Aid Shipments

    Sep 29, 2017 — The Trump administration said on Thursday that it would temporarily waive a century-old shipping law for Puerto Rico that officials there said was hindering disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Maria. The waiver of the law, known as the Jones Act, comes as federal and local officials report more supplies trickling onto the increasingly desperate island.
  • No Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico: Trump administration

    Sep 27, 2017 — The Trump administration will not grant a Jones Act waiver for oil, refined products and other commodities being shipped into Puerto Rico as the island works to rebuild following Hurricane Maria, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.
  • Maria Cripples Puerto Rico’s Main Airport, Leaving Thousands Stranded

    Sep 26, 2017 — After Hurricane Maria knocked out radar systems and power, the U.S. territory’s main airport is struggling to get thousands of stranded passengers off the island. Agustín Arellano, chief executive of Aerostar Airport Holdings LLC, which operates the airport, said only about 2,000 passengers are flying out every day despite standby lists that are in the tens of thousands. That is down from an average of 15,000 passengers departing daily prior to Maria.
  • Puerto Rico After Maria: No Power, No Cell Signal, and Lots of Damage

    Sep 22, 2017 — Puerto Rico is emerging crippled after the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. territory in almost a century hobbled its telecommunications system, destroyed its power grid and left communities facing widespread devastation.
  • Ban on cargo flying direct between UK and Bangladesh could be lifted

    Sep 20, 2017 — The ban on direct cargo flights between Bangladesh’s Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal Airport and the UK could be lifted, according to local media, in what would be a boost to garment exporters. The airport has been under much security scrutiny, and had employed a UK company to advise on improvements. Currently, cargo must be screened in a third country before arriving in the UK. Similar bans are in place for cargo going to Australia and Germany.
  • Coast Guard Closes Ports in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands Ahead of Cat 5 Hurricane Maria

    Sep 20, 2017 — The United States Coast Guard has closed all ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricane Maria. Effective 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard set port condition ZULU for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of the possibility of sustained gale force winds greater than 39 mph that may arrive within 24 hours. While port condition ZULU is in place, no vessels may enter or transit within these ports without permission of the COTP. Under the condition, all vessel movements are prohibited, and all ship-to-shore operations must cease until further notice.
  • Strengthening Hurricane Maria to Pass Right Over Puerto Rico, Forecasters Say

    Sep 19, 2017 — A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Maria barreled towards the eastern Caribbean islands with 125 mile-per-hour (200 kph) winds on Monday, threatening the region with its second major storm this month. Officials from French-controlled Martinique to the U.S. Virgin Islands warned residents to prepare for the storm, now ranked by U.S. forecasters as a major hurricane, at Category 3 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.
  • Standard Club advises on cargo handling amid Irma

    Sep 15, 2017 — The disruption to cargo vessels recently caused by Hurricane Irma has raised a number of legal issues. In response, the Standard P&I Club published an alert, providing guidance on some of the issues commonly encountered.
  • Rule of law needs to be respected in the South China Sea: experts

    Sep 14, 2017 — Given the recent escalation of tensions in the littoral Asia-Pacific, especially in the South China Sea, most countries seek to establish ‘good order’ in the regional seas via multi-lateral action such as the formalisation of ‘code of conducts.’ However, according to Abhijit Singh, Head of Maritime Policy Initiative, India’s Observer Research Foundation, the definition of ‘good order’ has been subject to different interpretations by different countries.
  • Managing Human Cyber Risks in the Maritime Industry

    Sep 12, 2017 — While automation is an attractive proposition for ship-owners, it also brings complexity because its introduction requires more than the simple replacement of the functions of older systems. Modern functionality requires systems integration and interoperability with their hosts, which can add unexpected levels of connectivity and new risk factors to the ship or system into which they are integrated.