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The 332-foot megayacht Attessa IV was involved in a collision with a 65-foot sport fishing vessel off the coast of Southern California near the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday night, resulting in multiple injuries and one fatality.

The U.S. Coast Guard said it medevaced one injured person via helicopter and rescued additional seventeen passengers from the sportfisher Prowler following the collision near the maritime boundary line.

The crew of the Attessa IV contacted Coast Guard Sector San Diego’s Joint Harbor Operations Center watchstanders at approximately 7:50 p.m. reporting a collision with the Prowler approximately nine miles offshore of Imperial Beach.

The collision reportedly resulted in extensive damage to the starboard quarter of the Prowler.

Crews arrived on scene at approximately 8:45 p.m. A Jayhawk crew hoisted a critically injured passenger and returned to Sector San Diego where awaiting EMS took the man to UC San Diego Medical Center – Hillcrest in critical condition.

Fox10 News reported Sunday that the man had died.

Coast Guardsmen and emergency medical services personnel assist a person who was injured in a vessel collision and medevaced to Sector San Diego Oct. 26, 2018.

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There was a warning at the end of October that attacks against shipping by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group might be imminent.

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery in Asia (ReCAAP) said it had been advised by the Philippine Coast Guard that members of the group, armed with small arms and a grenade launcher, were preparing kidnap attempts against the crews of foreign ships.

The warning said they would be using unmarked blue and white motorbanca known locally as jungkong.

The attacks were expected off Eastern Sabah on the island of Borneo and in the Sulu and Celebes Seas.

ReCAAP ‘strongly urged’ ship masters and crew to exercise extra vigilance.

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Abu Sayyaf, a Philippines-based group claiming allegiance to so-called Islamic State, has a record of kidnapping crews for ransom.

Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia operate coordinated naval patrols and have established Transit Corridors to help counter the threat.

ReCAAP issued a warning in May 2018 that attacks might be imminent and in a report published in January 2018 reiterated its advice that ships should try to re-route to avoid the Sulu and Celebes seas.

If that was not possible, it said, crews should exercise extra vigilance and be ready to report any suspicious activities to the authorities.

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Effective IT security is about far more than deploying the latest hardware technology and software solutions. It is also about how the first line of defense behaves; how those that use and interact with the costly infrastructure react to threats and problems and how they view the risks inherent with day to day operations. 

A special educational resource has been developed aimed at changing the way those at the sharp end behave, building a first line of defence against cyber attacks, system failures and the occasional act of potentially costly stupidity.

Sponsored by NSSLGlobal and working with a number of other maritime partners Fidra have developed an engaging, entertaining and effective tool in the fight against data loss, theft and corruption. Any one of these could have an outcome ranging from inconvenient through to being financially costly or ultimately being responsible for a major incident. 

“The biggest risk is from employees using computer-based systems since security prevention mechanisms within the network itself are rarely implemented in the mistaken belief that perimeter defences are all that is required.” – Maritime Cyber Security White Paper – ESC Global Security

The project was developed by a working group consisting of a small number of interested parties, primarily but not exclusively from the maritime domain. Led by Fidra, the group assembled a body of technical knowledge and best practices that was then handed over to a team of behavioural and creative specialists. 

To watch a PHISHING VIDEO please follow this link https://maritimecyprus.com/2018/10/28/cyber-aware-at-sea-phishing-video-2/


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The United Nations shipping agency pushed back this week on any phased entry for tougher marine fuel rules and further tightened regulations that will come into force in 2020.

The International Maritime Organization will prohibit ships from using fuels with sulphur content above 0.5 percent from Jan. 1, 2020, compared with 3.5 percent today, unless they are equipped with so-called scrubbers to clean up sulphur emissions.

Ships found in breach of the new rules will face fines or the risk of impoundment by IMO member states.

The shipping and oil-refining industries are scrambling to prepare for the shift and have made large investments to comply with the new standards since they were set in 2016.

Oil companies expect a jump in demand for cleaner distillates, mainly diesel, at the expense of fuel oil that would become largely redundant.