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PIRACY, WAR AND SECURITY

The “B Atlantic” Supreme Court Decision – Attempted smuggling is not a “malicious act”

On 22 May 2018, the Supreme Court published its judgment in the case of the “B Atlantic”.[1] The decision will be of particular interest to owners and operators whose vessels trade to areas where the risk of judicial detention is higher than normal. It highlights the risk that traditional war risks insurance may not respond […]

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Seaman Guard Ohio – @TheChennai6. Was Sri Lanka’s own floating armoury scandal to blame?   »

On November 28th 2017, over four years after their original arrest, the crew and men from the Seaman Guard Ohio were released having been acquitted of all charges by the Indian High Court in Medurai. They were driven from Chennai Central prison having won, not only what one of the men’s sisters described as their “battle […]

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Trading to Yemen – Where are we?   »

  Recent news in respect of the commercial maritime picture in and around Yemen culminating in the extraordinary reports of a missile attack on the Turkish flagged Ince Inebolu, has been difficult to unravel. Both sides of the proxy war are making claims and counter-claims to suit their respective narratives. An already complex environment is seemingly […]

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Ransoms revisited   »

US Executive Order signals change of approach to payments to terrorists, in contrast to UK’s Counter Terrorism and Security Act. On 24th June 2015 President Obama issued an Executive Order which set out the conclusions to the recent US review on dealing with hostages. Like the UK, the US had a strict policy against even […]

PIRACY, WAR AND SECURITY

Trading to Nigeria – Countering the threat of Piracy – Workshop

Partner  Stephen Askins  along with Steve Harwood at EOS Risk Group will be hosting an interactive workshop at the Marine Club in Piraeus on 21 September 2017. Click the link for more information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nigerian-piracy-workshop-tickets-37483254423  

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Qatar – Legal Implications for Shipping   »

A war of words exploded on 5th June 2017 as Saudi Arabia and three of its biggest allies (UAE, Egypt and Bahrain) severed diplomatic ties with Qatar. Riyadh accused Qatar of backing radical Islamist groups and since then Libya, Yemen and the Maldives have also joined in the boycott. With President Trump backing Saudi Arabia, […]

PIRACY, WAR AND SECURITY

Ransomware and Cyberterrorism – Is it legal to pay to unlock your computer?

The IT world is reeling from what is described as an unprecedented cyber-attack which has manifested itself in the form of a denial of access “ransomware” locking computers and threatening to delete data if the demand for a payment of US$300 in bitcoins is not paid. It is said to have affected 200,000 computers in […]

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Piracy in the Sulu Sea – The “new Somalia” or a limited threat?   »

The National Counterterrorism Centre describes the Abu Sayyaf Group (“ASG”) as “the most violent of the Islamic separatist groups operating in the Southern Philippines” and it has as one of its aims the promotion of an independent Islamic State in western Mindanao. It is on the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s proscribed list. It is […]

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UK Flagged Vessels exposed to greater risk in Indian Ocean?   »

There is a possibility that the UK government may have inadvertently exposed UK flagged vessels to a greater risk of hijacking and to have also undermined the deterrent effect of the widespread arming of ships in the Indian Ocean.   The deployment of armed guards on UK flagged vessels is only allowed in “exceptional circumstances […]

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