Emirati fisherman jailed for four months by Iranian court

He and three Indian crew members alleged to have breached Iranian territorial waters.

Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter

Umm Al Quwain: An Emirati fisherman and three Indian crew men are being detained by authorities in Iran for allegedly trespassing into Iranian territorial waters.

Sultan Mohammad Bin Hussain, 23, an Umm Al Quwain resident, was detained with three Indian crew men on August 10, the same day the four men left Umm Al Quwain for an expedition in their twin-engined fishing vessel, according to family members. They were detained by an Iranian patrol boat and taken to Abu Musa Island and then to Bandar Abbas, Mohammad Bin Hussain, Bin Hussain’s father, told Gulf News on Tuesday.

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Captain Can Modify Claims Over Pirate Attack

Former pirate hostage can launch new legal action.

By JEFF D. GORMAN

(CN) — A captain whose Chevron supply ship was attacked by pirates can amend his lawsuit claiming that he was given an unseaworthy vessel, the Fifth Circuit ruled. Wren Thomas was captain of the C-Retriever, a supply ship for Chevron’s operations off the coast of Nigeria. Thomas’ primary employer was Edison Chouest Offshore LLC.

Thomas claimed that he warned Chevron and Edison that his ship’s age and lack of speed made it vulnerable to a pirate attack.

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MMEA wary of speedboats

When patrols are spotted, boats head for international waters. 

JOHOR BARU: The presence of high powered boats in waters off Johor has raised eyebrows at the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

Registered overseas, these are known as “phantom boats” and are believed to be used by pirates in search of target vessels along the trade routes. MMEA southern region First Admiral Adon Shalan said these boats have been spotted in the eastern part of Johor waters, near Penggerang, lately.

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Indonesian flees Abu Sayyaf captors, found trapped in fish nets

Mohammad Sayfan, 28, escaped in a mangrove area in Sulu province after he was threatened with beheading.

MANILA — An Indonesian sailor escaped on Wednesday (Aug 17) from his Abu Sayyaf abductors in the southern Philippines after they threatened to behead him, officials said.

Sixteen other foreign hostages, including nine Indonesians, remain captives of the violent Muslim extremist group in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

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Navy arrests MV Star Shrimper and destroys more illegal refineries

Despite low crude cost, illegal refineries still a huge Delta issue.

The Nigerian Navy has continued its crackdown on the activities of illegal crude oil thieves and pipeline vandals thus on 10 August 2016, a patrol team deployed by NNS JUBILEE raided an illegal refinery site at Ikoh Imoh Community in Akwa-Ibom State. During the operation, the patrol team destroyed a Cotonou boat laden with suspected stolen crude oil, 103 drums of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and 2 motorcycles.

Similarly, on 12 August 16 at about 0630, patrol team deployed by NNS DELTA raided several illegal refinery sites along Jones Creek in Delta State. During the raid, the patrol team destroyed unquantifiable amount of stolen crude oil and illegally refined AGO.

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Oil tanker ‘hijacked off Malaysia’

Last tanker hijack was the Hai Soon 12 in May 2016.

A Malaysian oil tanker carrying 900,000 litres of diesel has been hijacked and taken to Indonesian waters, Malaysian maritime officials say.

The MT Vier Harmoni was reportedly sailing from Tanjung Pelepas port in Malaysia on Monday when it was seized.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA)’s director tweeted that the ship was now believed to be off the Indonesian island of Batam.

Its cargo is reportedly worth about 1.57m ringgit ($392,795; £300,000).

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al Qaeda’s ‘most wanted’ arrested in Aden

Aboudy was behind a series of killings and assassinations targeting the security and military leadership in Aden.

The Yemeni police said on Monday it had arrested what it described as the “most dangerous” leader of the Al-Qaeda in the coastal southwestern city of Aden alongside with two other accomplices, after foiling their operation.

In a statement, the police said they arrested Bassem Aboudy “the most dangerous wanted Al-Qaeda leader in Aden,” which the Yemeni authorities have taken as temporary capital for the time being.

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Suicide bombing leaves 4 Yemeni soldiers killed

Government forces have been fighting al Qaeda elements in Abyan in recent days.

Four pro-government Yemeni soldiers were killed and six others injured in a suicide car bombing that rocked the country’s southern province of Abyan on Monday, a security official told Xinhua.

According to the local security source, the suicide car bomb targeted pro-government soldiers who gathered in the eastern outskirts of coastal Shoqra town in Abyan province, leaving at least four soldiers killed and six others injured at the scene. The suicide attack was followed by intense clashes between the pro-government soldiers and al-Qaida assailants in the same area, the security source said.

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East Libyan forces pledge move to ‘secure’ oil assets

“We will enter the ports of Zueitina and Es Sider and Ras Lanuf,” Nazhuri told Reuters in an interview at a military base in the eastern town of Marj.

By Ayman al-Warfalli

Forces loyal to Libya’s eastern government will secure major oil ports and fields to “protect” them, a senior commander said, signalling possible conflict with a U.N.-backed administration in Tripoli which is taking steps to restart crude production.

Abdulrazak al-Nazhuri, chief-of-staff for General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), also restated a threat to target oil tankers that do not have permission from eastern authorities to dock.

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