Security Zone Violation Disrupts Houston Ship Channel

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It seems like the VTS in Houston is working as advertised. You can't just drive wherever you want down there without getting a visit from the local police. This just out from the Coast Guard in District 8: Story by PA3 Mandy Emery, USCG HOUSTON — The Coast Guard issued a violation to a recreational boat captain who  failed to heave … [Read more...]

Iranian Security Team in High Seas Shootout with Somali Pirates [VIDEO]

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An Iranian security team proves once again that the best defense against pirate attack, is a well-armed security team in this undated video. 9 Somali pirates are captured by what appears to be Iranian shipboard security forces. 6 pirates are allegedly killed in the attack. Please note: We are unable to confirm the source of the video, the ship involved, or timeframe of … [Read more...]

Details Emerge of Viral Video Showing Shipboard Security Team Firing at Approaching Pirates

A screen grab from the video taken aboard the M/V Avocet

The private security firm who saw a video go viral of one of their shipboard teams defending themselves against an approaching pirate skiff has been identified, according to Bloomberg News. The video, which emerged in early April on the community-driven video website, depicts an english-speaking private security team aboard a commercial vessel firing a barrage … [Read more...]

Nexus Consulting Notes Troubling Issues Within Viral Anti-Pirate Assault Video

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In early April, a video surfaced which depicted a ship's security team on an all-out assault against an apparent pirate attack.  For most the video was a welcomed sight, but those with ties to the industry say the video has unfortunately painted private security in a poor light. In a recent press release, Kevin Doherty, President of Nexus Consulting, a US veteran-owned and … [Read more...]

Trigger-happy Vessel Security Detail Kills 2 Indian Fishermen

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According to a statement by the Indian Coast Guard, two fishermen are now dead due to a tragic case of mistaken identity off the coast of India. While sailing past the coast of Ambalapuzha, India at 4:30PM on Wednesday, the security detail on board the Italian oil tanker Enrica Lexie incorrectly identified a local fishing boat as a pirate vessel and opened … [Read more...]

Think Tank Warns Of China War Threat At Sea

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SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--China's expanding military reach is fuelling the risk of war on Asia's seas as governments in the region tussle over territorial waters rich with oil and gas reserves, Australian think tank the Lowy Institute said in a report Tuesday. Asia's sea lanes are crowded and contested, with Chinese forces showing "troubling" signs of assertiveness, the report … [Read more...]

Global Maritime Crime Update: 6 – 14 January 2011

Horn of Africa Piracy Activity 6 - 12 Jan 2011

PERU: Vehicle carrier was robbed 9 Jan at Callao anchorage, Peru. NIGERIA: Chemical tanker robbed and hijacked 11 Jan 15NM off  Lagos, Nigeria. Two fishing trawlers were attacked and boarded on 10 Jan 11 while at the Fairway Buoy off of Bonny, Nigeria Chemical tanker was boarded and robbed 9 Jan while at anchorage 7NM off Lagos, Nigeria. RED SEA: Bulk … [Read more...]