Shipping association Bimco has welcomed this week’s decision by the EU Council to extend the mandate of the EUNAVFOR Operation “Atalanta” to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia for another two years until end-December 2018.

The first Somali piracy attack in two half years has been confirmed by EU Navfor.

The piracy-prone Gulf of Aden at the Horn of Africa has seen attacks decrease sharply over the last five years, but the positive development has come at a massive cost, according to data cited by Intertanko.

More progress is being made on the Southern Philippines piracy issue, with local media reporting that the Indonesian Navy has said it is ready to take part in coordinated joint patrols with Malaysia and the Philippines.

Ships transiting the Red Sea have been cautioned to remain vigilant despite a reported piracy attack north of the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait recently turning out to be false alarm. 

The number of piracy attacks dropped to a 21-year low in the first half of 2016 according to watchdog the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

It appears there is finally some progress, and efforts are being made to solve the piracy problem in the southern Philippines, with Indonesia saying it will finalize this week the concrete form of a joint security cooperation effort to ensure the safety of Indonesian export barges crossing regional waters with the Philippines, local reports said.

There have been a lot of warnings about shipping and cyber security but one shipowner found out the hard way how pirates were able hack the company’s systems and target to steal specific high value cargoes on its vessels.

A lobby of the UK parliament will take place on Thursday marking 1,000 days since the crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio were detained in India.

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines, local reports said.

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