In the great scheme of things, the Pacific Island communities rarely feature, occasional exceptions including the powerful interventions of the Marshall Islands at the recent IMO climate debates.

There are new security recommendations for shipowners transiting the southern part of the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb as threats from the conflict in Yemen spill over into the busy commercial shipping lane.

The US Navy is relieving three senior officers from the USS Fitzgerald which collided with the containership ACX Crystal off Japan leaving seven dead and three injured onboard the warship.

The National Air and Naval Service of Panama (SENAN) has taken delivery of four Interceptor 1102 vessels from Damen Shipyards Group. 

The Eukor car carrier was seized by Libyan militants off Ras Al-Hilal on Friday last week after failing to heed warnings that it was sailing in restricted waters, according to media reports.  

Indonesian authorities have nabbed six suspected pirates in the waters off Batam Island. Local media reported that the alleged pirates operating in the Malacca Straits were caught by Western Fleet Quick Response Team from the Indonesian Navy’s Tanjung Pinang base earlier this week.

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 Indonesian navy is currently drafting routes for joint patrols and plans to start implementing coordinated patrols with the Philippines and Malaysia this year as part of efforts to step up maritime defence in regional waters amid the risks of piracy and hostage-taking, local reports said.

Indonesia's Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) should closely coordinate with other maritime stakeholders, particularly the Indonesian Navy, to maximize law enforcement in Indonesian waters, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto was quoted as saying in local media.

Indonesian navy chief Adm. Ade Supandi has said he is not certain the government’s plan to provide security involving armed military personnel on board coal vessels traveling in areas prone to piracy can be implemented, local media reported.

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