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  • Danish Police arrest Russian seafarers working on...

    The Danish police arrested 28 Russian sailors working aboard two workboats involved in a construction project building an underwater road and tunnel in the Ferner Baelt to connect Germany and southern Denmark. The arrests, which were related to a union dispute and “illegal work,” are separate from the controversial Nord Stream 2 project, which is also being carried out by Russian contractors in Danish waters.

     

  • Two senators introduce Cabotage Waiver for...

    Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) have introduced a bill that would waive U.S. cabotage requirements for cruise ships operating between Washington State and Alaska. If enacted, it would remove a U.S. legal hurdle created by Canada's cruise ban. 

     

  • ReCAAP warns of kidnapping danger near Philippines

    An incident this week in the region of the Sulu-Celebes seas near the Philippines has prompted ReCAAP, the regional cooperation on security in the region, to renew its warnings of the potential for boarding and kidnappings. While the last kidnapping was more than a year ago in the area and the Malaysian and Philippine authorities had taken several actions in 2020, ReCAAP is warnings about the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group/Kidnap-for-Ransom Group, which has been targeting crews on slow-moving ships as well as wealthy businessmen.

     

  • Valaris receives court approval for bankruptcy...

    Valaris, the world’s largest offshore rig operator, has received approval from the United States Bankruptcy Court for its prearranged plan of reorganization filed as part of 2020 Chapter 11 voluntary bankruptcy. Last August, Valaris reached a deal with half of its bondholders to reduce its debt and finance its continuing operations through the bankruptcy process.

     

  • USCG apprehends three smugglers and 200 kilo of...

    The U.S. Coast Guard recently caught three suspected drug smugglers along with $5.6 million worth of cocaine in the Caribbean near the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The suspects and the seized narcotics were handed over to the federal agents at the Coast Guard Base San Juan on March 2 to face criminal charges brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Puerto Rico.

     

  • American Professor leads Kenya's legal team...

    The oral hearing in the case of Maritime Delimitation in the India Ocean (Somalia Vs Kenya) is set to begin. Legal teams representing these countries are in top gear to prepare for the case, with Kenya naming a new team.

     

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Risk of detention For anchoring In Malaysian waters

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) recently launched an initiative that targets vessels anchoring in Malaysian waters. The MMEA is officially urging shipowners to seek permission to anchor their vessels in the eastern waters of Johor (South China Sea). Failure to do so, it is reported, will result in vessels being ordered out of the area.

 
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Ports authority faces fraud investigation

Tanzania’s new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has suspended the Tanzania Ports Authority’s (TPA) director general, Deusdedit Kakoko, after an audit report showed embezzlement of government funds at the state corporation.

 
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Italy agrees to divert cruise ships from Venice to industrial port

The long-running debate about cruise ships sailing through the waterways of Venice, Italy took a turn on March 25 with ministers from Italy agreeing to a temporary ban on large cruise ships docking in the historic city. When the cruise industry returns to service, large ships will divert to a nearby industrial port.

 
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