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The Waiting Game


Predictions of a recovery in the shipping sector in 2014 have proved to be premature. James Walters of Gray Page – writing in Bunkerspot, where this article first appeared – looks at why the much anticipated upturn may have stalled.

Publication: Bunkerspot. Read article

Autopilot ship ‘a criminal adventure of large proportions’


James Wilkes, Managing Director of Gray Page, talks to BBC World News about the ownership and operation of merchant ships such as the BLUE SKY M used to smuggle desperate migrants into Europe.

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Ebola outbreak to have operational impacts deep into 2015


Gray Page says that even though crews face extremely small risks if common sense precautions are taken, the disease’s outbreak and measures taken to stem its spread could have other ramifications, including contractual disputes between owners, charterers, shippers and receivers…

Publication: Tradewinds. Read article.

Why ship security alert systems fail


Despite being a statutory requirement, ship security alert systems are failing at the time they are needed most its latest white paper Gray Page points to a paradox: a technology, which aims to strengthen maritime security, is often not activated or sometimes even disabled by a vessel’s crew.

Publication: e-navigation. Read article

The changing dynamic of West African maritime crime in 2013/2014


Gray Page’s white paper on West African maritime crime figures, as featured in Maritime Security International. Kidnappings up 85 per cent, overall maritime crime up 21 per cent, successful hijack for cargo theft down by 50 per cent: the ever shifting threat in West Africa. Last year reported incidents of maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea rose by 21 per cent…

Publication: Maritime Security International. Read article

High sea piracy perils take on a new face


In June this year, the Lloyd’s War Committee (JWC) expanded its Gulf of Guinea Listed Area to include Togolese waters north of 3°N. Previously the region’s Lised Areas for hull, war, piracy, terrorism and related perils consisted of just Nigerian and Beninese waters. This announcement came as little surprise.

Publication: Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers – Shipping Network. Read article.

IUMI warns cargo underwriters over West African Piracy


Delegates attending the annual conference of International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) in London were told that “insurers, ship owners and cargo interests cannot equate piracy in West Africa to that seen off the coast of Somalia.”

Jim Mainstone, Marine Intelligence Specialist at Gray Page, said the gangs, which are operating in West Africa, “were more akin to organized criminal gangs than the opportunistic piracy gangs which have blighted the Gulf of Aden.”

Publication: Insurance Journal. Read article.

West African pirates could hit cargo market as hard as those in Somalia


PIRACY in West Africa is the “perfect crime” and one that has the potential to hit the cargo market as hard as Somali piracy, according to Gray Page’s head of intelligence Jim Mainstone. Speaking at the International Union of Marine Insurance 2013 conference in London, Mr Mainstone said that pirates on ships were the “tip of the iceberg” …

Publication: Lloyds List. Read article (subscription to Lloyds List required)

Asian piracy success rate low but not to be ignored


The UK’s Gray Page says the culprits are more likely to be small-scale opportunists compared to the more organised and often successful oil-cargo thefts in West Africa. Maritime intelligence and investigation outfit Gray Page is playing down the recent rise in criminal activity and attempted oil-cargo thefts against ships in Southeast Asia.

Publication: TradewindsRead article (subsription to Tradewinds needed)

Owners must still vet internationally accredited armed guards


HIRING a private maritime security company with International Organisation for Standardisation accreditation will not obviate shipowners’ responsibility to carry out thorough due diligence, according to British vetting company Gray Page.

Publication: Lloyds List. Read more (subcription to Lloyds List required)

Southeast Asian piracy drops but resurgence is still possible


Southeast Asia pirates are ‘small scale opportunists’ compared to West African counterparts, says Gray Page. “In the majority of incidents pirates have been tracked down and thwarted by national maritime authorities, and in only two cases have pirates successfully been able to transfer fuel oil cargoes once the tanker has been hijacked,” the intelligence firm said.

Publication: Lloyds List. Read article.

Pirates in standoff threaten food aid


Somali pirates are making a food crisis in Somalia worse, with 3.25 million people—nearly half the population—now needing emergency aid.

They’re hijacking the ships in daylight hours, and it’s probably more sophisticated in organization than they’ve been given credit for before,” said James Wilkes, Managing Director, Gray Page.

Publication: National Geographic. Read article.

Who do pirates call to get their cash?


The hijacking of ships off the coast of Somalia has become a mini-industry, with another seized on Thursday. The ransoms are always paid – but how?

James Wilkes, who runs specialist maritime risk company Gray Page, which has been involved in negotiations in several hijackings in Somalia, says it can mean daily contact with pirates for several months. The average hijack lasts two months before a ransom is paid…

Publication: This story appeared in BBC News Magazine. Read article.

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