Friday, April 14, 2017

Maritime Security Update covers the period of March 12, 2017 to April 13, 2017.

Maritime Security Update covers the period of March 12, 2017 to April 13, 2017.


Date: 26 March 2017
Location: 01:43N - 101:264E, Lubuk Gaung Anchorage, Dumai, Indonesia
Event Description: Robbery Product Tanker

A robber attempted to board the anchored product tanker Ping An. Alert crew noticed the robber and raised the alarm. Seeing the crew alertness, the robber escaped in a boat with three accomplices. The robbers were apprehended by Indonesian Marine Police who were patrolling in the vicinity.

Date: 26 March 2017
Location: 03:43.08S – 114:25.08E, Taboneo Anchorage, Banjarmasin, Indonesia.
Event Description: Robbery Bulk Carrier

Duty AB on routine rounds onboard the anchored bulk carrier Ocean Ambition noticed the forecastle store door lock was broken. Further checks made on the forecastle indicated that the hawse pipe cover securing arrangements were cut through. The AB immediately informed the bridge and alarm raised. Crew mustered and went to the forecastle and found ship’s stores were stolen. Port Control informed.

Date: 26 March 2017
Location: 01:07.00N - 103:32.30E, Around 7.1nm WSW of Pulau Nipah, Indonesia
Event Description: Armed Robbery Crude Tanker

Two suspicious speed boats with 2-3 persons in each boat approached a tanker underway. Master took evasive actions, sounded the ship’s horn and directed the signalling lamp towards the boats. At a distance of 15 metres from the tanker the boats aborted and moved away. The tanker continued her passage.

Date: 23 March 2017
Location: 13:43.7N – 121:02.20E, Batangas Anchorage, Philippines
Event Description: Armed Robbery Chemical Tanker

Duty crew onboard an anchored tanker noticed a robber on the forecastle as he approached during routine rounds. The robber threatened the crew with a knife, resulting in the duty crew raising the alarm and retreating. Seeing the crew alertness, the robber escape in a boat. On conducting a thorough security check, ship properties found missing. Incident reported to the Philippines Coast Guard and Port Authority.

Date: 23 March 2017
Location: 06° 34.8' N, 122° 44.7' E Approximately 26 nm east of Matanal Point, Basilan, Philippines
Event Description: Kidnapping from Tug

Tug boat, Super Shuttle Tug 1 towing roro cargo ship, Super Shuttle Roro 9 was en route from Cebu to General Santos City when four armed men boarded the tug boat from three wooden green speed boats. They abducted two crew (identified as the boat captain and chief engineer, both of Filipino nationality), and fled towards mainland Basilan. There were two armed men on board each speed boat. The remaining crew was safe and reported the incident to Philippine Coast Guard Station Zamboanga who immediately coordinated with local authorities and deployed floating assets to conduct maritime patrol in the vicinity.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


  • 1. India's February factory output falls 1.2% on slack consumer demand 
  • NINL despatches highest pig iron in March
  • RINL, Visakhapatnam Steel record 11 pct growth in hot metal production in FY17 
  • JSW Steel raises USD 500 mln through unsecured notes
  • Hoffman Industries completes zinc-plating plant at welded tube facility
  • EU ends reinvestigation of AD duties on stainless CR flat steel from Taiwan 
  • Duferco buys last plant belonging to Italian steel group Stefana
  • USDOC to determine final CVD investigation  on Turkish welded carbon steel tubes
  • US sheet steel buyers avoid building inventory amid fears of price erosion
  • USDOC to raise AD duty on South Korean steel pipe imports
  • Bangladesh's Abul Khair Steel commissions galv lines
  • Italian steelmaker Aferpi to resume production of rails

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Renewal IOPP Survey prior the entry into force of the BWM Convention on September 08, 2017.

Renewal IOPP Survey prior the entry into force of the BWM Convention on September 08, 2017.
This circular provides information for a smooth transition towards the .implementation of BWM Convention
Considering that neither the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by
the Protocol 1978 (MARPOL Convention), nor the Survey Guidelines under the Harmonized System of Surveys and
Certification (HSSC) prohibits the renewal inspections in advance or the de-harmonization of the IOPP Certificates, it
has been accepted the International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Certificate from being de-harmonized from all
other statutory certificates, in order to provide enough time to all applicable vessels to comply with the BWM
Convention requirements.
The de-harmonization of the IOPP survey will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by each Flag. Upon completion of
the early renewal IOPP survey, the RO shall issue a new Certificate with validity of 5 years.
BWM Convention requirements
Prior September 08, 2017, on board all applicable vessels an approved Ballast Water Management Plan (BWMP) and
a Ballast Water Management Certificate (BWMC) or Statement of Compliance must exist.
After September 08, 2017 and vessel’s first IOPP Renewal Survey, Owners must install on board their vessels the
ballast treatment system.
Act now
Owners / Managers / Operators are encouraged to re-harmonize the IOPP surveys and Certificate into the Harmonized
System of Surveys and Certification (HSSC) in the future. The de-harmonization of the IOPP certificate can be done
only prior 8th September 2017, when the BWM Convention enters into force

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Annex, page 1
1 The following information is provided to enable compliance with Regulation 37 of
MARPOL Annex I which, inter alia, requires that the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan
(SOPEP) shall contain a list of authorities or persons to be contacted in the event of a
pollution incident involving such substances. Requirements for oil pollution emergency plans
and relevant oil pollution reporting procedures are contained in Articles 3 and 4 of the 1990
OPRC Convention.