Monthly Archives: January 2018

Latest Global Pirate attacks

31st Jan 2018
DateTime: 26/01/2018 22:00:00 UTC Area: Asia Status: PIRATE_ATTACK Lat: 22°10'0 N Lon: 91°42'0 E Detail: [Boarding/Robbery Attempt] During routine rounds duty AB on Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier found three lube oil drums on deck and suspecting something amiss, informed the OOW who alerted the Master and Chief Engineer. An investigation was carried out at 2200 UTC in position 22:10N- 091:42E, Chittagong B Anchorage, Bangladesh. The shore watchmen admitted to having drained the lube oil from the anchor windlass feed tank into the drums. Local agents informed. Reported (IMB) 26 Jan. Source: UNID: 5270 Action: NEW ReportedBy: OL BRAVO   DateTime: 07/01/2018 04:45:00 UTC Area: Asia Status: PIRATE_ATTACK Lat: 21°12’7 N Lon: 72°12’8 E Detail: [Boarding/Robbery] LATE Report | Three robbers in a fishing boat boarded Tuvalu-flagged tanker, Ocean 1, under tow by tug ASL Scorpio at… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

30th Jan 2018
Select Maritime News China: Beijing foreign waste controls to impact container shipping 29 January Stricter controls on foreign waste imports could severely impact container shipping to China, reducing the number of TEUs by 4-5 mn, according to shipping consultancy Drewery. In July 2017, China notified the World Trade Organisation that it intended to ban imports of 24 categories of recyclables and solid wastes. The new rules are set to come into force on 1 March. China: Hong Kong police seize USD 1.3 mn in goods after speedboat chase 23 January Hong Kong police arrested two men and seized USD 1.3 mn worth of smuggled goods destined for the black market in mainland China after a speedboat chase off Shek O. The chase began when police vessels… Read More

Maersk Chair Jim Hagemann Snabe And Lesson Learnt From Cyber Attack

26th Jan 2018
A five minute video with Møller-Maersk chair Jim Hagemann Snabe talking  at the World Economic Forum about their experience with NotPetya (that wiped any PC or server it came into contact with), how they recovered, and lessons learnt. In short ; Reinstall of 4,000 new servers 45,000 new PCs 2,500 applications a complete infrastructure” in ten days They coped with only a 20% drop in volume by sheer human resilience, and by working closely with customers. 1) They were distinctly average when it came to cybersecurity - their ambition is to change this to the point where their ability to manage cybersecurity becomes a competitive advantage 2) They chose a very open dialogue around the incident from day one, e.g. via twitter. And they have spent a lot… Read More

PGI Weekly Cyber Bytes

25th Jan 2018
Your weekly Cyber Snapshot. Cyber Skills are now a Universal Requirement No business can afford not to train its staff in information security, writes PGI’s Stephanie Perry in a recent Spotlight Magazine article. The UK economy, like much of the world, is becoming increasingly digital. The Tech Nation 2017 report found that the UK digital economy was growing at twice the rate of the non-digital economy, and had a turnover of £170bn in 2015. Businesses of all sizes are releasing how important it is to get online; according to the Federation of Small businesses, “Almost all (99 percent) of the UK’s 5.4 million small firms rate the internet as being highly important to their business, with two in three (66 percent) offering, or planning… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

23rd Jan 2018
PGI Risk Portal Business performance relies on a good understanding of the environments in which you operate, invest, and travel. Information and targeted analysis provide companies with the necessary insights to ensure business continuity and the safety of their assets and staff. The PGI Risk Portal provides subscribers with up-to-date information and analysis on geo-political events, maritime security incidents and business-relevant threats worldwide. Click here now to register for your FREE trial Benin: Abducted tanker crew released 17 January Tanker owner company Union Maritime announced that the 22 crew members abducted from the MT Barret on 10 January had been released following a resolution process. Union Maritime did not disclose whether a ransom payment had been made, although it said multiple parties assisted in securing the… Read More

PGI Cyber Bytes

22nd Jan 2018
Your weekly Cyber Snapshot Cyber Security doesn't need to be complicated.  Throughout 2018 we will be sharing with you the down to earth A-Z of Cyber Security, so if you want to know your Bitcoins from your Botnets, this series of articles are just for you!   Backup I’ve talked about these in a previous post, but essentially backups are copies of your data or computer which you can use to replace files which are inadvertently deleted, or as an alternative to paying the ransom in a ransomware attack... Click here to read more Fappening – A fourth man has been charged with hacking into over 250 Apple iCloud accounts belonging to celebrities - Security Affairs   "A fourth hacker, George Garofano (26), of North Branford, has been charged… Read More

Meltdown and Spectre CPU Vulnerabilities Cause Panic

19th Jan 2018
In what is being described as ‘one of the worst CPU bugs ever’, serious security flaws have been found in processors designed by Intel, AMD and ARM that could enable hackers to steal sensitive data. Academics working alongside Google’s Project Zero have reported that the two flaws, named Meltdown and Spectre, affect a range of modern devices including smartphones, tablets and PCs from all vendors and running almost any operating system. The Meltdown flaw primarily affects Intel processors manufactured since 1995 and could allow malicious actors to access privileged memory on a device. A fix is available, but it requires a change to the way the operating system handles memory and some pessimistic headlines have estimated this could detrimentally affect the… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

16th Jan 2018
PGI Risk Portal Business performance relies on a good understanding of the environments in which you operate, invest, and travel. Information and targeted analysis provide companies with the necessary insights to ensure business continuity and the safety of their assets and staff. The PGI Risk Portal provides subscribers with up-to-date information and analysis on geo-political events, maritime security incidents and business-relevant threats worldwide. Click here now to register for your FREE login     Maldives: Security forces seize two fishing vessels, arrest Thai nationals 12 January Maldivian Defence Minister Adam Shareef announced security forces seized two fishing boats which authorities deemed to be suspected pirate vessels off the coast of the Maldives. The suspects had reportedly hoisted Somalian flags on the boats to falsify their identity and had… Read More

Yacht Attacked By Pirates

15th Jan 2018
  DateTime: 28/12/2017 14:00:00 UTC Area: South America Status: PIRATE_ATTACK Lat: 10°46’38 N Lon: 62°33’22 W Detail: LATE Report | Monohull yacht with 2 crew departed Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela for Grenada. At 1000 LT, approx 2 miles off the Paria peninsula, and approx 10 miles east of Cabo Tres Puntas an open fishing boat with 6 men approached, displaying and firing multiple long guns into the air. Crew immediately altered course and turned offshore. When the fishing boat came closer, the crew fired their flare gun directly at the men, and nearly hit them. The men, apparently understanding the fire hazard a burning flare would pose to their gasoline fuelled boat turned away, dropped back and made no further approach. The yacht then headed northwest… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

9th Jan 2018
Select Maritime News China: Update: US Navy joins search for missing crew after ship collision 8 January The US Navy has joined Chinese rescue crews searching for 32 missing crew members after an Iranian oil tanker collided with a grain ship in the East China Sea on 7 January. According to Central Television, concerns are growing that the tanker may explode and sink as a fire continues to burn for a second day. The extent of the oil spill from the accident is unknown. The tanker's 32 Iranian and Bangladeshi crew remain unaccounted for. The tanker was travelling from Iran to South Korea when the incident occurred. China: Tanker, bulk ship collision causes oil spill in East China Sea 7 January The Sanchi tanker, carrying Iranian… Read More