MAST completes major shipping audit

Last week MAST completed due diligence with a major shipping company. MAST ran through the operational standards and procedures adhered to including; ISO standards, BIMCO Guardcons, other compliance and regulatory requirements and  demonstrated the operational resource system used.  MAST’s Compliance Manager led the audit, with members of the MAST team including the CEO, FD and Transit Managers presenting on their respective roles.

Maritime security code under review

IMO took a major role in an important exercise to evaluate the success of code of conduct dealing with maritime crime in west and central Africa (16-17 August).

The Yaoundé Code of Conduct was signed in 2013 by 25 west and central African countries to address matters such as piracy, armed robbery against ships and other illicit maritime activity in the area. One of its provisions calls for its effectiveness to be evaluated, with a view to transforming it into a legally binding agreement.

IMO joined government officials from 26 African states as well as several other regional and global organisations with related responsibilities and portfolios in Yaoundé for the event, which also fostered a better understanding of the challenges involved in achieving cooperation among the signatories in the continuing fight against maritime crime.

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MAST Ltd new security services – Drug, Explosive Detection and Guard Dog Unit capability

Maritime Asset Security and Training (MAST) Ltd, are now rolling out the latest addition to our bespoke security services package.

Should you be holding a large private event, large corporate event, attending film premieres, or require a pre screen of a venue for explosives, MAST ltd now offer our dog unit services.

Much like our Close Protection and Residential security officers, our handlers are British ex-police or ex-army and trained to the highest standard. All are SIA-licensed and NASDU trained, undertaking monthly continuation training and assessments to ensure both handlers and dogs are performing effectively and in the case of detection work, familiar with the latest substances. Our training and assessments are in accordance with the latest British Standards* for the use of detection dogs.

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Security Fencing and Gating – MAST Ltd Security Services

Maritime Asset Security and Training (MAST) Ltd supply and install security fencing and gating anywhere in the UK. Using industry leaders in security fencing, MAST Ltd have the capability of securing any type of property using Security Weld Mesh Fencing, Low, Medium and High Security Fencing, Decorative Fencing and Access Solutions (gates), which are renowned across the world for their design appeal and performance excellence.

Residential, Commercial, Educational facilities, public transport or temporary fencing, whatever the security requirment MAST Ltd have the ability to provide.

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EU to discuss more migrant help for Italy in next week – Juncker

TALLINN (Reuters) – The EU executive will discuss further measures with Italy and Greece in the coming week to help the Mediterranean states deal with irregular migrants, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday.

Asked at a news conference what, in particular, the Commission might do to help Italy, where arrivals from Libya are up a third on a year ago, Juncker said: “I will see with the Italian prime minister, with the Greek prime minister, during the coming week what further efforts the Commission can line up to relieve Italy and Greece in their difficult struggles.”

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How to Save Libya From Itself? Protect Its Oil From Its Politics


TRIPOLI, Libya — For years now, opportunists of all stripes, local and international, have tried to profit from Libya’s seemingly endless instability by disrupting its oil production.

The latest incident was triggered by the recent, sudden souring of relations between Qatar on the one hand and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain on the other. One of the several groups that purport to be Libya’s rightful government is using that dispute as a pretext to seize control of the country’s oil and gas exports: It has accused the National Oil Corporation, the internationally recognized body responsible for managing these resources, of working in the service of Qatar by diverting oil revenues to it via an N.O.C. customer.

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Mindanao martial law could last a year, warns Philippine president

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said martial law on Mindanao island could last a year, while the army fights against Islamist militants.

The violence on the southern island has left three members of the security forces dead, officials say.

Mr Duterte earlier declared martial law for 60 days on Mindanao, where Muslim rebel groups are seeking autonomy.

Some of the groups, such as the Maute, have pledged allegiance to so-called Islamic State (IS).

After announcing martial law on Tuesday, President Duterte, a Mindanao native, warned that he would be harsh in dealing with terrorism.

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The “good pirates” of Somalia

My father’s hometown of Eyl, Somalia, was once a pirate’s haven. I sat down with an ex-pirate to learn why

One morning in Eyl, Somalia, Osman, a married fisherman in his thirties, woke up with the rising of the sun. His wife and eight children, all under 14 years old, were still sleeping in the hut beneath the edge of the mountain. The ocean breathed cold. Osman had a small boat with a tiny engine. Taking a drag of his cigarette, he prepared his fishnet, got on his boat, turned the engine, and waved goodbye as his wife, pregnant with their ninth child and woken by his commotion, poked her head out of the hut. Osman took off.

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North Korea ‘ready to sink’ US aircraft carrier Vinson

North Korea is “ready to sink” a US aircraft carrier heading for the peninsula, state media have said.

A commentary in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper warned that the USS Carl Vinson could be sunk “with a single strike”.

A battle group headed by the Vinson is expected off the peninsula this week.

It was despatched by President Donald Trump amid a warning that US “strategic patience” over the North’s nuclear ambitions had come to an end.

Tension also rose after a recent failed missile test by the North and a massive military parade showing off its latest hardware.

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Piracy: Navy intensifies patrol as Frenchship visits

Posted By: Precious Igbonwelundu

To check pirates from entering Lagos waters, the Western Naval Command (WNC) has intensified patrol of its waterways.

Flag Officer Commanding  (FOC) Western Naval Command  (WNC), Rear Admiral Fergusson Bobai stated this at the command’s headquarters in Apapa when the French Naval Ship, Commandant L’HERMINIER visited Lagos.

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