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Venezuelan port situation deteriorating, warns Gray Page


Venezuela’s ports have become increasingly hazardous for shipping as the country struggles with civil unrest and a deteriorating economy, a top security firm has warned.

Publication: Tradewinds

Robbers targets ships at Venezuelan ports


Thieves are targeting vessels anchored in ports in Venezuela, North P&I Club and security consultant and analyst Gray Page have warned.

“Maritime Threat Picture” from the insurer and consultant showed that attacks on ships in ports in Venezuela had been growing during the country’s struggles with a collapsing economy and civil unrest.

Publication: Insurance Marine News. Read article.

Career Paths: James Wilkes, Gray Page


James Wilkes, Managing Director, Gray Page speaks to Safety 4 Sea. He explains how he joined maritime industry and what makes his current role exciting.

Publication: Safety4Sea. Read article.

Crew taken from RK8 AHTS after tanker hijacked and BW LPGC attacked


Piracy threat moves up a level with triple raid off Congo.

A BW LPG VLGC has emerged as the ship which narrowly avoided being hijacked off Congo earlier this week, while a bunker tanker has been seized and crew also taken from an RK8 Shipmanagement OSV, TradeWinds has learned.

Publication: Tradewinds. Read article.

LPG carrier evades pirate attack off Congo


An LPG Carrier has narrowly avoided being hijacked by pirates off the West Coast of Africa, TradeWinds has learnt.

The incident took place on Monday in position 04° 46.7’S, 010° 08.3’E, around 101 nautical miles (nm) west of Pointe Noire, in the Republic of Congo.

Publication: Tradewinds. Read article.

Robbers target cold-stacked jack-up off Singapore


A jack-up drilling rig cold stacked off Singapore has been targeted by armed robbers. Two assailants, said to be armed with swords, are said to have boarded the unnamed rig and tied up two security guards.

Publication: Tradewinds. Read article.

Shipowners face drug smuggling threat at Brazil ports


Shipowners using Brazilian ports have been warned that drug smugglers may target their vessels in a bid to export drugs to the west.

Much of cocaine reaching Europe thought to have moved through Port of Santos, warns Gray Page.

Publication: Tradewinds. Read article.

Malaysian tug boarded by intruders off Sabah


A tug has recently been boarded by intruders off Malaysia’s Sabah state, in what is thought to have been a failed kidnap attempt.

Security consultancy Gray Page says incident may have been linked to Philippines –based Abu Sayyaf.

Publication: Tradewinds. Read article.

Hapag-Lloyd boxship chased by robbers off Ghana


Incident involving German containership marks spread of piracy threat in West Africa. A Hapag-Lloyd chartered containership has reportedly been chased by pirates while sailing off the West African nation of Ghana.

Publication: Tradewinds, read Dale Wainwright’s article

It’s time to nip crew abandonment in the bud


Seafarer abandonment should be called-out for what it is: the flagrant exploitation and neglect of vulnerable people. And in other walks of life, that is considered to be criminal behaviour. James Wilkes writes for Splash 24/7.

Publication: Splash 24/7. Read article

Maritime security: Putting the threats in perspective


James Wilkes, Managing Director of specialist maritime advisory and consulting group Gray Page writes for Associated British Ports Reports Magazine about some of the myths surrounding cyber security, terrorism and piracy in shipping.

See 2017 Report Magazine, Issue 4, page 30

Razor wire – a thorny issue


In this article James Wilkes, Managing Director, Gray Page discusses the problems that razor wire fitted for anti-piracy purposes can pose for vessel operations, and a possible solution using barriers made of high density polyurethane (HDPE) plastic material.

First published: North P&I Club, Signals Online. Read article.

When can we say with more certainty that Somalia-based piracy is resurgent?


On March 13, a small products tanker named Aris 13 was hijacked by a group of Somalians made up of young fishermen and former pirates according to Salad Nur, an elder…

Publication: Splash 24/7. Read article.

Interview on Sky News


James Wilkes, Managing Director, Gray Page interviewed live on Sky News, April 4, 1430 BST talks about piracy off the Somalia coast.

Media: Sky News

Gray Page: On piracy and cybercrime


The indicators that piracy might reoccur in the Gulf of have been there for a long time… James Wilkes discusses the security issues facing shipping today, whether it is in the form of piracy, corruption or cybercrime.

Publication: Splash 24/7. Read article.

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