Maritime Security


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New program set to assist Seafarers and Families affected by Piracy

A new program set to help seafarers and their families cope with the physical and mental trauma caused by torture and abuse at the hands of pirates is being launched in London, UK today. The Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP), funded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust and The TK Foundation, is chaired by Peter Swift, formerly managing director of…


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Maritime Security Implications of the Death of Osama Bin Laden

On May2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by gunshot wounds to the head and chest during a raid on his compound in Pakistan. This death of the founder of al-Qaeda, the ultra-militant Islamist organization, will carry mixed results globally. The impact to South East Asia is a high probability of terrorist attack(s) targeted against the maritime community in the…


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Pirate attacks greet the New Year

Somali pirates launched a wave of attacks on shipping over the Christ­mas and New Year period, with the hijack of five ships and attempts on others. Hijacked ships included: The Algerian-owned and flagged Blida was captured 150 nautical miles off Oman on 1 January. The 27 crew include Algerian, Filipino and Ukrainian seafar­ers. The Mozambican-flagged fishing vessel Vega 5 with…


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PPA SECURITY CHIEF RECEIVES COMMENDATION

the National Law Enforcement Sub-Committee on Intelligence Coordination awards a Certificate of Commendation to PPMAJ DANTE V. DACANAY, officiaI representative of the Philippine Ports Authority to the Committee, for successfully leading ISAS and a group of concerned government agents that resulted in the capture of eight (8) MILF members, two (2) of whom are Commanders and all are said to…