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Yachting Boating World: Latest figures from the International Maritime Bureau reveal piracy and armed robbery at sea has fallen to its lowest levels since 1995.


A new report shows a drop in piracy and armed robbery at sea. However, there has been an increase in kidnappings off the West African coast.

The figures for January-June 2016 have been compiled by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

Its Piracy Reporting Centre is the world’s only independent office to receive reports of pirate attacks, 24-hours-a-day, from across the globe.

IMB’s global piracy report shows 98 incidents in the first half of 2016, compared with 134 for the same period in 2015. When piracy was at its highest, in 2010 and 2003, IMB recorded 445 attacks a year.

In the first half of 2016, IMB recorded 72 vessels boarded, five hijackings, and a further 12 attempted attacks. Nine ships were fired upon.

Sixty-four crew were taken hostage onboard, down from 250 in the same period last year.

The director of IMB, Captain Pottengal Mukundan described the drop in world piracy as “encouraging news.”

“Two main factors are recent improvements around Indonesia, and the continued deterrence of Somali pirates off East Africa,” he explained.

“But ships need to stay vigilant, maintain security and report all attacks, as the threat of piracy remains, particularly off Somalia and in the Gulf of Guinea,” added Captain Mukundan.

The findings reveal that Nigeria is the world’s piracy kidnapping hotspot. Despite global improvements, kidnappings are on the rise, with 44 crew captured for ransom in 2016, 24 of them in Nigeria, up from 10 in the first half of 2015.

“In the Gulf of Guinea, rather than oil tankers being hijacked for their cargo, there is an increasing number of incidents of crew being kidnapped for ransom,” noted Captain Mukundan.

Nigerian attacks are often violent, accounting for eight of the nine vessels fired upon worldwide. IMB says many further assaults go unreported by shipowners.

IMB reported two further kidnap incidents off Sabah, Malaysia, where tugs and barges were targeted.

In early June, a tug and barge were hijacked off Balingian, Sarawak in Malaysia; the cargo of palm oil was stolen. The IMB says there has been a fall in the number of incidents in Indonesia.

There were 24 recorded cases in the first six months of 2016, compared with 54 in the same period in 2015.

This is attributed to improvements in security at sea and in ports. Designated anchorages with improved security have been introduced by the Indonesian authorities.

IMB has also applauded the Indonesian Navy’s prompt response in recovering a hijacked product tanker, south of Pulau Serutu, off west Kalimantan in May.

“This is exactly the type of robust response required in response to such threats,” it said.

Nine pirates were apprehended and the crew of the tanker unharmed.

In May, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines agreed to conduct coordinated patrols to target piracy in the Celebes Sea that borders all three countries.

Many of the kidnappings for the first half of 2016 are reported to have been carried out by just one group – the Islamist militant Abu Sayyaf.

On 18 August, 2016, it was reported that two of the group’s hostages from a captured tugboat had escaped.

The other hostages – nine Indonesians, five Malaysians, one Norwegian, and a Dutchman – are still being held.

The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre is based in Kuala Lumpur, and has been supporting the shipping industry, authorities and navies for 25 years.

All shipmasters and owners are encouraged to report all actual, attempted and suspected piracy and armed robbery incidents to the local authorities as well as the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.

The IMB says this first step in the response chain is “vital to ensuring that adequate resources are allocated by authorities to tackle piracy”.

It adds that transparent statistics from an independent, non-political, international organisation can “act as a catalyst to achieve this goal”.

The IMB’s findings for January-June 2016 comes following media reports on 17 August, 2016 that an Malaysian oil tanker had been hijacked and taken to Indonesia.

These were later dismissed by the authorities in both countries. It was later revealed that the vessel had sailed to Indonesia following a dispute between the tanker’s owners and its crew.

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Yachting Boating World: An investigation is underway by the Greek authorities after two boats collided off the island of Aegina. Four people are dead, including a child.


Four people, including a child, have died after a speedboat collided with a tourist boat off the Greek island of Aegina.

The Greek Coastguard says an investigation is now underway by the Echelon of Greek Office of Naval Investigation Accident & Incident (ELYDNA).

Witnesses say the eight-metre speedboat collided with the tourist boat, slicing it in two. So far, 20 passengers on the tourist boat have been rescued.

The bodies of two men and one child were recovered from the water by rescuers.

They are believed to be the Greek captain of the tourist boat, and a father and his child. The body of a third man was later found by divers. None of the four people on board the speedboat were injured.

The Greek Coastguard says the captain of the speedboat has been arrested. Attempts to identify any missing passengers from the tourist boat are ongoing.

The incident happened just after 1pm local time on 16 August. A navy helicopter, three coastguard patrol boats and nearby fishing and leisure craft assisted in the search for survivors.

Those with minor injuries and shock were treated at the Aegina health centre. Two people with serious injuries have bene transferred by helicopter to Athens.

The wreckage of the tourist boat has now been recovered, while investigators continue to piece together the cause of the accident.

Aegina is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf. It is around 17 miles from Athens and is a popular holiday destinations for Greeks and foreign visitors.

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Yachting Boating World: Pendennis Shipyard says Aquila is the largest yacht yet to be refitted in the UK. It took one year. Explore pictures of the refitted motor yacht below.


Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, Cornwall has announced its finished the extensive refit of the 85.6 metre, Aquila. The work on the motor yacht’s five decks took one year to complete. At its peak, it involved more than 1,000 craftsmen and women.

Aquila now has a completed refigured owner’s deck, and a technology upgrade, which included the rebuilding of four generators.

Pendennis says Aquila is the largest yacht yet to be refitted in the UK.

Burgess was appointed as yacht management, supporting the owners throughout the project from concept to re-delivery.

It provided full project oversight including technical, financial, crew and safety management.

Fleet technical manager at Burgess, Adrian Tinkler, said: “To facilitate the extent of design and technical changes required, the interiors on Aquila needed to be stripped back to bulkheads across most areas.”

“The team completely updated the social spaces, modernised technical systems and lighting, and restyled the boat across an area of over 750 square metres, the scale of which was unprecedented by any of the suppliers in such a short time period,” he continued.

“Thanks to efficient planning and collaboration between the many hundreds of people involved at each stage of the design, specification and execution phases, the team delivered on time, a truly remarkable rebirth of this beautiful yacht,” added Tinkler.

Technology upgrades as part of the yacht’s five-year survey included a new AV and IT system, radar equipment, air conditioning and fresh air handling systems, along with the rebuild of the four generators.

A complete infrastructure repaint completed the refit works.

Redman Whiteley Dixon (RWD) and Susan Young Interiors were commissioned to evaluate the existing room and exterior layouts to reformulate spaces and improve flow between each area of the yacht.

Significant enhancements included reconfiguring the owner’s suite along with the addition of a 60 square metre private deck area.

The Jacuzzi was repositioned to the forward sun deck, and a cinema was integrated into the main salon.

Director at RWD, Tony Dixon, said a mix of dark wood finishes, pale leather panels with nickel trim and many new special surface materials were selected “to offer subtle style variations throughout the interior.”

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Yachting Boating World: A man is being treated in hospital following a fire on a barge at Castlefield in Manchester. He is understood to have jumped into the canal to escape the flames.


A man has suffered burns to his legs and arms following a fire on a barge at Castlefield, Manchester.

Firefighters from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were called to Castle Quay at 10.44am on 14 August, following reports of an engine fire.

Fire engines from Moss Side, Salford and Eccles, along with the fire service boat from Eccles, attended the incident.

The fire was out on arrival, but one man was given first aid before the ambulance service took him to hospital.

The man was working on the vessel’s engine when it caught fire.

He was forced to jump into the canal.

A spokesman from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said officers were on the scene for an hour.

The man suffered 10 per cent burns to his legs and arms.

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Yachting Boating World: Giles Scott just has to complete the medal race on Tuesday to officially win Team GB’s fourth successive Olympic title in the Finn, after three straights from Sir Ben Ainslie.


With a 24-point lead over his nearest rival, Giles Scott cannot be knocked off the top spot in the Finn class.

The four-time world champion’s eighth and a second in the last two outings of his qualifying series gives him an unassailable lead going into the medal race on 16 August.

Scott, 29, said reaching this stage has been emotional.

“I know what it meant to me because of the way it made me feel towards the latter stages of that final race. I just found myself welling up, getting tingles as it slowly dawned on me what I had done,” he said.

“I wouldn’t put myself down as the emotional sort but I had a little cry to myself, which I’d like to think I don’t do that often. Just the emotions that kind of end up coming out of you in that situation, you can’t really prepare yourself for. It was amazing,” he continued.

“If you had have asked me would I have won the Olympic Games before the medal race in Rio, I would have said absolutely not just because of the venue it is,” noted Scott.

“But the racing we have had this week; I have managed to sail more consistently than everybody else at the top of the fleet. It has just landed me in this brilliant situation where I’ve got the points gap I need before the medal race and it’s such a privileged situation to be in,” he said.

Scott was congratulated by three time Finn Olympic gold medallist, Sir Ben Ainslie.

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Yachting Boating World: Neil Salter has been named as the new managing director of Mylor Yacht Harbour in Cornwall. He will replace Robert Graffy who has stepped down.


Mylor Yacht Harbour has announced that its new managing director will be Neil Salter. He will replace Roger Graffy, who has stepped down after 20 years in the role.

Salter has spent the last 18 years working with Marina Development Limited (MDL), managing some of the largest marinas and their related operations in the UK. He has also set up marinas in Spain and Italy and has consulted widely within the industry.

Devon-born Salter has now moved to Cornwall from Southampton to head up the state-of-the-art marine business. Mylor Yacht Harbour has been built up by Graffy after he took the helm two decades ago.

Spotting its huge potential, he and his co-owner, wife Dinah, set about a £7 million investment programme to establish one of Cornwall’s busiest boatyards and marinas.

They aimed to match Mylor’s fabric and infrastructure to its natural environment.

Speaking following his appointment, Salter said: “This is a golden chance I couldn’t miss – a chance to use all my years of experience in the marine field, working with a fantastic team and building on Roger’s great legacy – all in one of the most beautiful parts of the British Isles.”

Nearly 100 people applied for the position. Graffy explained while Salter was “the dream candidate”.

“We needed someone who would share our values and was capable of building and growing the business and all the people in it,” said Graffy, who will remain as chairman and, with Dinah, will continue to own the company.

“We also wanted to find someone who was better than me – and I’m delighted to announce that such a person exists!” he continued.

“Neil believes in building great teams, delivering excellent customer service, developing sites, working safely and maximising financial performance – all of which makes him our dream candidate for the job,” concluded Graffy.

Salter will be in overall charge of all Mylor Yacht Harbour’s operations.

This includes its marine team of engineers, technicians and boat-builders, its boat storage and marina activities and developments.

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Yachting Boating World: Paul Christenson was sailing in rough seas in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand when his yacht suffered steering problems. He was forced to leap from his boat to safety.


Solo skipper Paul Christenson was sailing his 28-foot yacht, Windsong, from Auckland to Dunedin in New Zealand when the vessel suffered steering problems.

He decided to head towards Tauranga. But, unable to continue battling against 35 knot winds and rough seas, he set off his EPIRB at just after 8pm on 9 August.

Windsong was 41 nautical miles from Tauranga. The city’s volunteer coastguard responded to Christenson’s distress signal.

On arrival, the 54-year-old skipper was forced to leap from his yacht into the arms of the coastguard. Speaking to New Zealand’s SunLive, Christenson said: “I’m lucky they have strong arms”.

The skipper had been moving his yacht from Auckland to Dunedin, after moving there with his wife, Michelle. She managed to get a message over the Maritime National Radio to Christenson while he waited for rescue.

“I love you. I don’t care about the about the boat. I can live without the boat, but I can’t live without you,” she said.

Christenson said he had checked the forecast before setting sail and believed he had plenty of time to get to his destination. However, the conditions became “ugly”. He said he was exhausted by the time help arrived.

“I had got my wife’s clothes off the boat, but left my new clothes and heart medication behind. My priorities were all screwed up,” he said.

Windsong remains off the Bay of Plenty. It is not clear if the yacht will be recovered.

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Yachting Boating World: Joe Clarke is the first British athlete to ever take gold in the men’s K1 canoe slalom.


The 23-year-old secured Team GB’s second gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after a faultless run and time of 88.53 seconds.

He had been third fastest in his semi-final, but his quick run meant that Slovakia’s Peter Kauzer and Jiri Prskavec of the Czech Republic were left with silver and bronze respectively.

The win makes Clarke the first British athlete to claim a medal in the event since Campbell Walsh picked up silver back at Athens 2004.

Speaking following the race, Clarke said: “I went out on that final run, laid it all on the line, put my all out there and that was enough to come away with the Olympic gold medal”.

“When I crossed the line and knew I had a bronze I was absolutely ecstatic. It got even better when that upgraded to a silver and then upgraded to a gold,” continued the gold medallist.

“Joe Clarke, Olympic Champion. Joe Clarke, Olympic Champion! It was what I went to bed dreaming about last night and what I’ve dreamed of for so many years,” he said.

“To wake up this morning thinking this is actually the finals of the Olympics and I could come away being the Olympic champion is just like wow,” continued the canoeist.

“For sure I’ve had some luck and you need a bit of luck in this sport to excel and that has come today. I don’t know what I did to deserve that but I obviously did something right along the way,” said a delighted Clarke.

Prior to his gold medal win, Clarke had taken silver in the men’s K1 event at the 2014 World Cup 5, his first senior international medal.

At the 2015 World Championships at Lee Valley, he was part of the bronze medal winning K1 men’s team.

He was selected to represent Team GB after winning the men’s K1 event at the 2015 Canoe Slalom Olympic Selection.

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Yachting Boating World: Will Black died in a boating accident six years ago. The 28-year-old’s body has never been found. Now his family have set up a bursary in his memory.


William Black, who was known as Will, was a bosun on the Russian superyacht, Burresca, when he died in a boating accident.

The 28-year-old, who was from Ripley in Surrey, was piloting a RIB on the last day of the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2010. It collided with an unmanned, anchored sailing yacht just before 10.30pm. Will was thrown from the vessel.

He was not wearing a life jacket and his body has never been recovered.

Now, his family is setting up a bursary with the sailing charity, UKSA, in Will’s memory. Fundraising is being done via Just Giving. Will trained with UKSA, which is based on the Isle of Wight.

The charity aims to offer life-changing opportunities to young people through sailing. Will’s family is also raising awareness of boat crew safety.

“We now are doing something positive in his name within the maritime industry in which William found a home for his spirit of adventure,” wrote Will’s family on the official Just Giving page.

“We are setting up a bursary with the UKSA ( the sailing academy where William trained) to fund new sailors who otherwise might not be able to enter the industry. This is a way for Will’s name to live on and give back to the industry he so loved.”

So far, more than £6,000 has been raised.

Will’s family said following the inquest into his death, they suspect “that the tender (RIB) that he was driving on his way back to SY Burrasca, must have been hit by the swell from another tender ahead, that was being driven at speed (this can be seen on the CCTV).”

“This must have knocked him off the boat and he fell into the water, either knocking himself unconscious or breaking his neck. Either way it would have been instantaneous.”

“The boat then kept going and crashed into a moored boat,” explained Will’s family, who add that Will was not wearing a life jacket.

They also state that the kill chord switch had been disabled.

“If a life jacket had been worn, then in the worst case we would have been able to find his body and have to chance to bring him home and bury him and, best case scenario, if he had only been knocked unconscious we’d still have him with us.”

“Either way safety of crew is such an important issue and one which we can’t let go.”

“Those of you who knew Will’s huge personality and love of life know how devastated this left us all – here’s to doing something wonderful in his name,” added Will’s family.

Will’s parents never got to meet his colleagues on SY Burrasca.

After being advised of Will’s accident by the yacht’s captain, the family flew out to Monaco.

On arrival, his parents found that the superyacht had already left port.

Will’s belongings had been given to the local police. The family subsequently discovered that none of the crew were insured.

They are now calling for stricter marine laws, and are wanting to raise awareness about the working conditions of superyacht crew.

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Yachting Boating World: A fisherman has been rescued by the Summerleaze RNLI lifeguards after his boat caught fire off the coast of Bude in Cornwall.


A fisherman was forced to jump into the sea after his boat caught fire off the coast of Bude in Cornwall.

The man was wearing a life jacket and was picked up by lifeguards with Summerleaze RNLI. The rescue happened just after 12pm on 10 August.

The UK Coastguard said it had received multiple 999 calls from members of the public reporting the boat fire.

It immediately issued a Mayday relay broadcast requesting assistance from other vessels in the area.

Summerleaze RNLI lifeguards raced out to sea on a jet ski to pick up the fisherman.

He was transferred to a nearby fishing vessel and was brought to shore where he was met by the Bude Coastguard Rescue Team. Cornwall Fire Service were also on scene.

The fisherman required no medical assistance. Bude and Padstow RNLI lifeboats were also sent to the burning vessel to monitor the situation. The 6.3 metre boat is now reported to have sunk.

The duty controller for UK Coastguard, James Instance, said: “This fisherman was wearing a life jacket, which no doubt aided his survival and enabled the lifeguards to find him quickly.”

“By taking this simple safety precaution, it meant that when he fell into the water his survival time increased significantly. He was also able to raise the alarm on the VHF radio,” noted Instance.

He urged anyone going out on the water to “take a good method of communications”.

“On a boat a VHF DSC radio is ideal, and a mobile phone in a sealed plastic bag is a good back up. Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard in an emergency at sea,” advised Instance.

“And of course wear your life jacket. This could have been a very different outcome today had he not been wearing a life jacket and we commend his actions, which have assisted in saving his life,” stressed the duty controller.

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