AMP personnel train on piracy

Intelligence services, vessel monitoring and regulations were subjects in the training of technical personnel of the Panama Maritime Authority on piracy Issues on October 23 in order to strengthen the knowledge and to comply with international conventions on safe navigation, protection of seafarers’ lives and avoid pollution of the seas. The course was held on “The Impact of Piracy Worldwide and Mitigation Measures.”

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), is concerned about acts of piracy of […]

First International Conference of Maritime Anti-Piracy in Panama

“Evolution and impact in the worldwide economy”

The first International Conference of Maritime Anti-Piracy in Panama, seeks to do an analysis about the main areas that are affected by maritime piracy. The event will be held on Thursday, September 24 at the Sortis Hotel, Colibrí Hall, at 8 a.m. expecting the participation of various local, regional and international delegates in representation of diverse entities and recognized organizations like shipping agencies, insurance, law firms, marinas, port […]

Pirate venue in Bahamas not ghosts from the past

By Josh Meyer

The US State Department recently announced that it will send a senior official, Tom Kelly, to the Bahamas to formally strengthen bi-lateral cooperation on global counter-piracy.

At first glance the report seemed a bit odd, seeing that the so-called Pirates of the Caribbean haven’t commandeered a ship in those waters for a couple of centuries.

However, the reason is that the Bahamas is one of the countries often chosen for registering and […]

How to fight piracy on the high seas

Piracy is just as alive today as it was in the distant past

Ship owners risk crew and cargo every time they send their vessels to certain parts of the world, such as the Gulf of Aden, the Malacca Strait, South America and West and East Africa.

Pirates took in an estimated $160 million in ransom last year, and one study predicts the number will climb to $400 million by 2015.

Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) fights pirates

Can anyone imagine pirates operating in the Panama Canal? Not likely, since US gunboats would be at the waterway within hours. Fighter planes would arrive sooner. Alas, the situation is not the same for Panama-flagged vessels sailing in international waters – the world’s largest flagged fleet. To combat attacks, the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has now hired the AdvanFort Corporation to conduct counter-piracy operations aboard vessels flying the Panama flag. The resulting Resolution No 106-26-DGMM […]

Panama-flag ship hostages freed after long captivity

Twenty-two hostages seized by pirates nearly three years ago have been freed from the Panama-flagged “MV Iceberg One”. The BBC was informed by authorities in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland that their maritime force began the operation to free the hostages – and their ship – nearly two weeks ago. The hostages were reportedly showing signs of having suffered physical torture and illness.

Ambrey Risk is awarded Panama-flagged vessel protection

The UK-based security company, which won a Herefordshire Chamber of Commerce award last month, became one of the first maritime security companies to be granted official accreditation from the Panama Maritime Authority, on September 28, 2012, sanctioning the services of armed and unarmed escort guards on vessels transiting piracy high risk areas.

Ambrey Risk were quick to react following the recent change of law in Panama under which from October 3, 2012 it was said […]