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Manila deploys sweeper system to kick out empties

Manila deploys sweeper system to kick out empties

Manila: Sounding like a bunch of Lothar Matthäuses are set to descend on the Philippine capital, the Philippine Ports Authority has said international shipping lines will deploy dedicated ‘sweepers’ to get their empty containers out of congested terminals in Manila.

RCL adds Batangas call citing Manila congestion

RCL adds Batangas call citing Manila congestionBangkok: Thai liner Regional Container Lines (RCL) has reacted to growing congestion in the Philippine capital by adding a port call in the south of Luzon island. RCL is restructuring its RMN service, with Batangas now being added t...

PDZ attracts suitors

PDZ attracts suitorsKuala Lumpur: PDZ Holdings, the Malaysian containerline, bought by Pelaburan Mara Bhd (PMB), has potential suitors who view the firm, like PMB, as a vehicle to get into the oil and gas sector. PMB has been approached by a few parties...

Saipem wins Indonesian rig deal

Saipem wins Indonesian rig dealMilan: Italian offshore company Saipem has been awarded new drilling contracts in Indonesia, Nigeria, the Arabian Gulf and Latin America worth approximately $850m of which $540m are related to offshore activity and refer to four diff...

Yokohama Rubber sets up in Batam

Yokohama Rubber sets up in BatamTokyo: The Yokohama Rubber Co has held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new marine products plant at the Kabil Integrated Industrial Estate near the east coast of Indonesia’s Batam Island. The ceremony was sponsored by the company...

Thai marine head outlines port plans

Thai marine head outlines port plansBangkok: Chula Sukmanop, director-general of Thailand’s Marine Department, is putting on a charm offensive to convince locals of the importance of the Pak Bara deepsea port in the southern province of Satun. The port’s constructi...

Indonesia behind world's first CNG ship

Indonesia behind world's first CNG ship Jakarta: The world's first compressed natural gas (CNG) carrier has been ordered by Pelayaran Bahtera Adhiguna, a subsidiary of Indonesia's state-owned power company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PT PLN). The ship, to be classed by Amer...

Vinalines must pay $3m compensation to Korean contractor

Vinalines must pay $3m compensation to Korean contractorHanoi: Vinalines, already belaboured with extraordinary debts, has lost a court fight and must pay a Korean engineering firm $3.07m in compensation for breaking a port development contract. The Vietnam International Arbitration Ce...

Pacific Radiance adds two more in China

Pacific Radiance adds two more in ChinaSingapore: Pacific Radiance continues its rapid fleet build up, signing a contract for a pair of anchor handlers at Nantong Tongshun. The ships will be delivered next summer. Pacific Radiance has ordered at the yard in the past.

PGN FSRU Lampung commences commercial operation

PGN FSRU Lampung commences commercial operationJakarta: The PGN FSRU Lampung project offshore Indonesia reached an important milestone a week ago, its operator has just reported, when the unit, along with its associated mooring and pipeline to shore was deemed mechanically comple...

ICTSI in the mix for Israeli concession

ICTSI in the mix for Israeli concessionCairo: ICTSI, the leading terminal operator from the Philippines is among four firms to have been approved to tender for a pair of new ports in Israel. Tenders for the 25-year concessions are now expected in November. The other compa...

Shipmanagers are poor at communicating with owners: Maritime CEO poll

Singapore: There’s two weeks to go till the close of voting on our sister title Maritime CEO’s shipmanagement poll held in association with Singapore’s Masterbulk. Results of the vote will be in the upcoming issue of Maritime CEO magazine, whic...

Vietnamese PM approves 2020 transport goals

Hanoi: Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a transport plan for the nation that sets ambitious goals for every facet of transport between now and 2020. On the shipping front, national shipping lines should be handling 25-30% more...

Fuel robbery to continue: ReCAAP

Singapore: The regional piracy watchdog, ReCAAP has issued a report on the growing trend of maritime fuel theft. Figures for the first seven months show that incidents of fuel syphoning has leapt over the recent past. “Attributing to the surge in...

Shin Yang grows Indonesian business

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian line Shin Yang Shipping Corp (Syscorp) is growing its business in neighbouring Indonesia. The company launched a series of Indonesian services three months ago, mainly transporting animal feeds and related food products.

ABS and MPA to collaborate on maritime R&D

Singapore: American class society ABS and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) havesigned a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote maritime research and development (R&D) and innovation. Over the next five years, ABS and MPA wi...

BW Offshore acquires Yinson FPSO stake

Singapore: BW Offshore announced yesterday that it has signed an agreement with Yinson to take 100% ownership of the FPSO vessel Petroleo Nautipa. The FPSO vessel is jointly owned by BW Offshore and Yinson through a joint venture Tinworth. BW Offs...

Dry bulk recovery coming in Q4: Hashim

Bangkok: Khalid Hashim, managing director of Thailand’s Precious Shipping, reckons dry bulk’s recovery is set for the final quarter of this year, and the bottom of the next cycle could be about five years away. Speaking with our sister site, Mari...

Empties to be shifted out of Manila

Manila: The government has moved to try and handle the congestion at the Philippine capital’s ports. Empty containers are to be moved out of Manila’s terminals. The empties will be shifted to Subic Bay and Cavite. The government also continues...

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How to beat the pirates

As the region becomes the global hotspot for piracy Sam Chambers identifies how best to combat the scourge

How to beat the pirates

Piracy around the Malacca Straits is very much back in the news, with the United Nations saying the region has now surpassed West and East Africa to become the global hotspot for piracy. In particular, small product tankers have been targeted by robbers in the past three months. In the final week of June alone there were five reported incidents. 

Piracy in Southeast Asia is nothing new. What is new, however, is the jump in numbers and the very specific targeting of certain types of ships. 

This spike in hijacking and cargo theft has been brought about by the black market demand for marine fuel oil in Southeast Asia, says Steve McKenzie, a senior analyst at the UK firm, Dryad Maritime. There have been crimes similar to these for many years, the majority of which were from bunker barges and small tankers with only small amounts of fuel being stolen.   A large number of these incidents went unreported, however, over the last three or four years reporting of these incidents has increased as the criminals have targeted larger vessels. The common denominator for all of these hijackings and cargo theft incidents this year has been Singapore.  All the vessels that have been targeted had prior to being boarded called at Singapore, McKenzie notes.

“The stealing of oil products in the region is targeted product theft, which results in the stolen cargo being sold on the black market,” says Gerry Northwood, the coo of security firm, GoAGT.

Recent successful hijacks of tankers whilst underway, coupled with a rise in the average number of pirates involved in a single attack may suggest a partial evolution in the typical trends of the industry, notes Harry Pearce, an intelligence analyst at Ambrey Risk

“We assess that these crimes will continu ...   More>>