Remembering September 11: BOATLIFT, An Amazing Tale of 9/11 Resilience As the World Trade Center buildings burned and collapsed on September 11, 2001, a half million people were evacuated from Lower Manhattan by a civilian flotilla of ferries, tug boats and other vessels in what became the largest boatlift in history. BOATLIFT – An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience, is a touching tribute to that … [Read more...]

Tanker Attacks Near UAE Expose Weaknesses in Gulf Arab Security

By Stephen Kalin, Alexander Cornwell and Dahlia Nehme RIYADH/DUBAI, May 15 (Reuters) - Attacks on Saudi tankers and other vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates this week expose vulnerabilities in the security of a key oil-shipping route amid rising tensions between the United States, Iran and Gulf Arab states. The operation near the Strait of Hormuz appeared … [Read more...]

Esvagt Mercator ‘Hijacked’ in Anti-Terrorism Drill in Belgium

The Danish offshore wind service vessel Esvagt Mercator is typically found at the Belgian offshore wind farms, Nobelwind and Belwind in the North Sea, where purpose-built vessel provides support for the operation of approximately one hundred wind turbines. Last week, however, the vessel left the job to participate in an anti-terrorism drill with Belgian authorities in which … [Read more...]

Indonesia Says Coal On Hold for Philippines After 7 Sailors Abducted

By Kanupriya Kapoor and Manuel Mogato JAKARTA/MANILA June 24 (Reuters) - Indonesia said on Friday a halt on coal shipments to the Philippines will remain in place until Manila can secure its waters after seven Indonesian sailors were kidnapped, the latest in a string of abductions. Philippine authorities could not immediately confirm the hostage-taking but said a Filipino … [Read more...]

Al Qaeda in Yemen Poses Growing Threat to Shipping, Naval Force Says

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, May 4 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's Yemen branch remains a powerful force and poses a growing risk to merchant ships in vital waterways nearby despite efforts by Yemeni government forces and their allies to push back the group, a top officer in an international naval force said. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed on Saturday it had … [Read more...]