Safe Travels and Basic Security Awareness

Adam Usher, Director High Net Worth Physical and Asset Protection at MAST Ltd

August sees one of the UK’s biggest hikes in international travel, with many families leaving the safety of their homes and familiar surroundings and travelling around the world in search of rest, relaxation and fun for the children.

The excitement and anticipation of getting away from work and travelling to pastures new, may in some cases promote you to let your guard down, and become an easy victim of theft or worse.

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U.S. troops risk inflaming clan conflict after deadly Somalia raid

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A raid involving U.S. troops in Somalia has caused a rift between the precarious U.S.-backed government and a powerful clan that says innocent farmers were massacred, months after President Donald Trump approved stepped-up operations there.

The U.S. Africa command, Africom, has acknowledged that U.S. forces participated in a ground operation in support of Somali troops in the village of Bariire last week, and says it is investigating reports of civilian deaths.

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Libya seizes foreign tanker, trawler

Tripoli – Libya seized a foreign oil tanker and trawler Wednesday off the country’s western coast and detained their crews for questioning in Tripoli, the navy and coastguard said.

“The Rex, a Tanzanian-flagged tanker registered in Zanzibar, was intercepted” loaded with a suspected illegal cargo of Libyan diesel, navy spokesman General Ayoub Kacem told AFP.

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Source: http://www.news24.com/

Securing our inland waterways

The recurring use of our inland waterways by kidnappers calls for greater attention to the security of these waterways. Some schools and residential areas located near these waterways have, for some time now, been traumatised by spates of kidnapping, with the security agencies having no answers to the problem other than to negotiate with the kidnappers for the release of their victims.

In one of the most recent cases, six students of the Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe, Lagos State, were kidnapped from two of the school’s hostels on May 25 by a group of men who raided the school in camouflage police uniforms. They were not released until they had spent 65 days in detention. This was the second time in seven months that the kidnappers raided the school.  Earlier, some students and personnel of the Nigerian-Turkish International College (NTIC), Isheri, Ogun State, were kidnapped, and later released. The Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, Lagos also suffered the same fate. Apart from schools, Epe, in Lagos State, has also been traumatised by kidnappers. In almost all these instances, the criminals used the inland waterways. 

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Staying nimble amid maritime threats

Eleven countries have come together in an exercise to share information about maritime security challenges in the region.

Called South-east Asia Cooperation and Training (Seacat), the two-week maritime security exercise co-hosted by Singapore and the United States has the largest number of participants this year.

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Source: http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/

Honduras explore implementation of maritime security

A national table-top exercise on maritime security concluded in Tegucigalpa, Honduras (28-29 August).

The aim of the event was to encourage a multi-agency approach to maritime security and maritime law enforcement issues. The exercise also highlighted the need for an integrated approach to the implementation of SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the ISPSCode. Broader security measures were looked at with a view to strengthening national implementation of the special measures to enhance maritime security.

Under the guidance of IMO consultants, participants reviewed and discussed a number of possible maritime and port security scenarios and identified gaps and opportunities for improvement, recognizing the importance of better cooperation and communication between national agencies. The group produced a number of recommendations that will be further considered by relevant authorities.

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MMEA finds millions in cash stashed in boat

By Zarina Abdullah

KEMAMAN: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) today discovered RM3.32 million cash in Malaysian Ringgit and Singapore Dollar worth RM326,000, stashed in a boat, some 126 nautical miles, from Kuala Kemaman.

The cash found was believed to be proceeds from the sale of smuggled fuel.

The MMEA’s enforcement team made the find during their Ops Perkasa Timur and Ops Marikh operations.

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Source: https://www.nst.com.my/

Kidnappings: Monarch begs Navy to impose curfew on waterways

Simon Utebor

The immediate past Chairman of Bayelsa State Traditional Rulers Council, King Joshua Igbagara, has appealed to the Nigerian Navy to impose a curfew from 7:00pm to 6:00am to check kidnappings on the waterways.

The first-class monarch made the plea on Tuesday in his palace at Isoni community in Sagbama Local Government Area of the state during a free medical outreach organised by the Central Naval Command with headquarters in Yenagoa, the state capital.

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Anti-piracy patrols adrift in terror-targeted waterway

The Sibutu Passage between Malaysia and the Philippines has emerged as Asia’s most dangerous waterway as Islamic terror groups target seaborne trade

By ALAN BOYD

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have started joint patrols against pirates terrorizing shipping in the deep water Sibutu Passage, but limited resources and legal obstacles are already rocking the boat.

The channel between the southern Philippines Sulu region and Malaysia’s eastern state of Sabah, used by more than 13,000 ships a year, has replaced the Malacca Strait as Asia’s top piracy hotspot in the past six months, disrupting trade and pushing up insurance premiums.

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