Attacks by armed gangs on small oil tankers traveling the seas between the Middle East and Asia have been on the rise, as piracy in other parts of the world declines. [Bloomberg News]

Sirius Star. U.S. Navy photo by Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class William S. Stevens via wikipedia

Bloomberg News: Gangs of thieves armed with knives and guns are making Southeast Asian waters increasingly dangerous for small tankers carrying fuels such as gasoil or marine diesel, according to the report.

The region includes the Malacca Strait connecting the Indian Ocean with the South China Sea and the Pacific that’s been described by the U.S. Energy Information Administration as one of the world’s “most strategic choke points.”

via Japan Focus

“It’s encouraging to see the huge decrease in maritime piracy and armed robbery over the last few years,” said Pottengal Mukundan, the Kuala Lumpur-based director of the IMB.

“However, there has been a worrying new rise in attacks against small coastal tankers in Southeast Asia. We advise small tankers in particular to remain vigilant in these waters.”

Read more from Bloomberg News here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Some Lower East Side residents who attended last weeks Community Board 3 meeting, voiced their concerns about the planned amenities for the redesign of Pier 42, as reported by Curbed.

Pier 42 Rendering via Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects


Curbed: At a Community Board 3 meeting last night, some Lower East Side residents showed up to express their dismay about the types of amenities that will be offered at the refurbished pier.

Pier 42 Rendering via Curbed


Via Bowery Boogie: Led by a vocal Nancy Ortiz – Vladeck Houses Resident Association President – many in the room relayed their feelings of being disenfranchised from the overall master plan. She immediately went on the offensive and noted that the approximate 10,000 families living in the immediate vicinity don’t benefit from amenities like a kayak area [...] Ortiz noted that “we are a community tired of being ignored … [kayaks] don’t fit into the demographic of our community.”

Pier 42 Rendering via Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects


The Lower East Siders in attendance called instead for a public pool or roller rink, and Ortiz accused the pier planners of trying to appeal too much to outsiders rather than serving the community.

Read more from Curbed and Bowery Boogie here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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