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MSR Newsletter The latest news for January 12th 2018
Fecha de la noticias: 12/01/2018 • Publicada: 12/01/2018
A busy week on the water, with
2018 picking up where 2017 left off.
We begin with piracy. The new head of the Iranian Navy has said that Somali
piracy is, in effect, sponsored by "certain powers" in an attempt to
impact the Iranian economy. Possibly the comedy high point of the week. It is,
of course, absolute nonsense thrown out for political point scoring. Much like
the Iranian Navy"s frequent "battles" with invisible pirates.
However, attacks by Houthi rebels off Yemen, allegedly sponsored and supplied
by Iran, are very real, as this week has shown. Over the weekend, the Saudi
coalition claimed to have thwarted a remote control drone boat bomb attack on
an oil tanker off Hodeidah.
The news comes in the same week that the IMB releases its report on piracy and
maritime crime for 2017. As ever, the media coverage has been excellent,
although we remain concerned that most people remain unaware that the IMB only
report on incidents logged directly with them by Captains and CSOs and, as a result,
they may not include incidents reported to ReCAAP, UKMTO and MDAT-GoG, for
example. For the true figure of pirate attacks and robberies, it"s necessary to
collate figures from all bodies.
In Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Indonesia have agreed to step up patrols
in the waters bordering both countries to keep groups like Abu Sayyaf
In Nigeria, the Navy is calling for proper legislation in order to deal with
pirates and armed robbers. Again.
We end with a look at the possibilities for UUV terror attacks. Science
fiction? Not really, given what"s happening off Yemen…
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