Migrant Ship Allowed to Dock in France

France allowed the Ocean Viking rescue ship that was carrying more than 200 migrants and refugees rescued in the Mediterranean to dock at their port of Toulon. This followed terse communications with Italy over the fate of the vessel.

Gerald Darmanin, France’s interior minister, said that the Italian government’s ban on the boat was “incomprehensible” and “selfish”. “In this context, France decided on an exceptional basis to make up for the Italian government’s unacceptable behavior and to invite the ship to come to the military port of Toulon,” Darmanin said at a news conference.

Of the 234 people on board, including 57 children, France agreed to accept a third, Germany another third and the rest are to be taken in by other European Union countries.

The situation caused France to say they will discard an agreement with Rome to take in more than 3,000 migrants and refugees who had come to Italy previously. France also says it will reinforce controls at its borders with its southeastern neighbor. “France very deeply regrets that Italy has decided not to behave like a responsible European state,” Darmanin said and added, “there will be extremely strong consequences” for France’s bilateral relationship with Italy over the issue.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Backs Eagle Plan to Combat Violence-Provoking Effects of Disinformation

By Michaela Jarvis

In an age when disinformation can promote violence, a group of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University faculty will help secondary school teachers to recognize the online manipulation tactics used by extremist organizations, using an approach known as Inoculation Theory.

“Inoculation Theory is the idea that a little bit of exposure to something dangerous will make you more resilient when confronted with something more dangerous in the future,” said Dr. Diane Maye Zorri, assistant professor in the Department of Security Studies and International Affairs, adding that she first learned about the approach from assistant professor Dr. Daniel Gressang, who has spent most of his career at the National Security Agency. “We would like to expose people to the various ways that foreign actors and malicious entities are spreading disinformation, faulty statistics, conspiracy theories and false narratives.”

The program, which will bring the approach to Volusia County Schools’ “Volusia Learns!” 2022 summer professional learning conference, was recently awarded $232,700 by the Department of Homeland Security’s Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program.

“The project aims to prevent violent organizations from recruiting and mobilizing people,” said Zorri, who is the project’s principal investigator. “The Department of Homeland Security is looking for innovative solutions that can be done at the local level. … I thought this was something that paired well with the expertise of the Security Studies and International Affairs department, as well as faculty members from the Humanities and Communication and Math departments.”

Dr. Karen Gaines, dean of Embry-Riddle’s College of Arts & Sciences, stressed the importance of such work.

“This project will not only help prevent violent organizations from recruiting and mobilizing young people but will also nudge those vulnerable individuals to more productive life outcomes,” Gaines said. “The fact that we can do this here in Volusia County to help our community gives me great pride.”

As an example of an extremist ideology that is popular in social media groups, Zorri mentioned “sovereign citizens,” which asserts that the U.S. government and federal law enforcement are illegitimate.

“The jargon and pseudo-legal rationale and statistics perpetuated by this group are very persuasive and have successfully mobilized many people,” Zorri said, noting that the movement has led to deadly confrontations with law enforcement.

The program will give teachers tools and exercises for instructing young people about the dangers of such manipulation.

“The good news is that most extremist violence is not perpetuated by secondary school students,” said Zorri. “But this is where Inoculation Theory comes into play. By inoculating students early, the theory suggests they will be less susceptible to radicalization in the future.”

Indonesian Ferry Catches Fire, 17 Dead

Around 240 people were rescued and at least 17 died (an updated figure as initially it was reported that 14 had died) when a boat caught fire off the coast of  Indonesia. Three boats as well as local fishermen came to the scene to assist in the rescue efforts, authorities said. No word on the cause of the fire which is being investigated.

The KM Express Cantika 77 was headed to Kalabahi from Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara province when it caught fire. Some passengers jumped overboard during the panic.

Toronto Airport Closed Due to Suspicious Package

Two people were detained in connection with a possible explosive device found at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport Ferry Terminal October 21. The discovery prompted an evacuation of the airport. Operations at the airport were suspended. Toronto police said the two persons of interest were in custody and cooperating with the investigation.

Officials at the airport notified police about a suspicious package at the ferry terminal on the mainland side. It was described as a potential explosive device, but according to PortsToronto, which operates the airport, a “device” attached to a bicycle parked near the terminal was discovered. Police evacuated the ferry terminal and closed the pedestrian tunnel to the airport. The discovery of the device caused the closure of Billy Bishop Airport for the rest of the day. In a subsequent statement Saturday evening, the port authority said the incident led to two Air Canada flights diverting to Hamilton. They added that the runway had closed for the evening.

“We’re doing our best to investigate that angle and learn what they know as quickly as we can,” said Acting Insp. Jason Albanese at the scene.

Police tweeted that a controlled explosion was being conducted in the area and residents could hear a “loud bang.”

CLD Fencing Systems Puts Security-Rated Offer Under the Spotlight at ISE

CLD Fencing Systems will be showcasing its latest generation of security-rated physical security systems at the International Security Expo 2022.

The company has a suite of physical security systems, independently third party tested by the Loss Prevention Certification Board, (LPCB), offering the ultimate in protection against attack.

It will be introducing Securus S4, the latest addition to the Securus fencing range, and putting several of its systems to the test on the LPCB Live Lab, a highlight of the Perimeter Protection Zone at the event.

Tested and certified to LPS 1175 Issue 8, Securus S4 has achieved a D10 (SR4) Rating, ensuring that assets have a guaranteed delay against an attack of 10 minutes minimum, using tools such as bolt cutters, hacksaws, jigsaws, drills and sledgehammers.

Of significance is the minimal amount of assembly required on site, which means it is faster to install with less risk of downtime on site due to lost components.

Securus fencing also includes the ability to swap out panels to achieve a different rating, ensuring the perimeter security fencing adapts to changing operational needs, while specific zones can be selected to deliver targeted protection too.

And with both permanent and temporary options, Securus can be introduced from the construction stage through to permanent operations, with matching access control options in place to ensure a seamless security process.

All this is achieved whilst maintaining excellent visibility to support security operations on site, with no visible fixings in place, no sharp edges that could cause injury and small apertures to keep objects out. Securus is also virtually impossible to climb over.

Russell Wells, Sales Director of CLD Fencing Systems, said: “Securus S4 is a great addition to our portfolio, right at the cutting edge of physical security.

“It joins the existing Securus range as a highly responsive solution, that keeps intruders out in even the most demanding circumstances, bringing maximum security and protection in a fast installation format.”

CLD Fencing Systems – the UK’s largest manufacturer and supplier of rigid mesh fencing systems and security gates – will be at stand number B122 at the Olympia event.

From there, a team of security experts will be on hand to discuss and advise on individual projects, and the company’s wide range of time proven and trusted products.

Russell added: “We understand that modern security personnel operate in a complex, rapidly changing environment, which can present a variety of challenges to the protection of personnel and facilities.
“Ensuring sites are impassable to intruders is a cornerstone of any security strategy, whether focused on the short, medium or long term.
“Around the world, we consistently deliver physical security systems which are widely regarded in the security community as the ‘best in class’ within environments including data centres, schools, transport, manufacturing, high security, sports grounds, protected open spaces and Critical National Infrastructure (CNI).
“Our expert team offers insight and guidance to the best possible security fencing and gate systems, bringing international experience, backed up by local level intelligence and service delivery on the ground that is second to none.
“Clients value our discreet, confidential and considered advice. As trusted advisors, they know we recognise a project has to be right first time and that our business has the scope and scale to meet their requirements.
“The end result is that specifiers can be certain that their projects are in safe hands.”

Dutch Farmers Blocked Roads, Ports in July Protest

Dutch Farmers Blocked Roads, Ports in July Protest

Dutch farmers, angry about new government regulations, used their tractors and trucks to block roads and distribution centers Monday, July 4. The protests were spurred by anger towards the government for plans that would require them to use less fertilizer and reduce livestock, as well as plans to slash emissions.

They also targeted Schipol Airport, the country’s largest hub, also advised people planning to travel during the protests to use public transportation to reach the airport as they believe the airport would be a target of the protesters.

Several traffic jams were reported on highways in the east of the country and on ferry routes in the north, but none near Schiphol during the morning commute.

Fishermen also joined the farmers in protesting the emission targets. They blocked the port in Harlingen with trawlers. Ferries to the islands of Terschelling and Vlieland could not leave for hours, news reports verified.

Shrimp fishermen, in particular, said they will have problems as a result of the government’s new regulations because next year they require applying for new fishing permits. Without making the required changes to their vessels, the permits might be withheld.

Cuba’s Matanzas Oil Terminal Inferno Out, Disruptions Ongoing

Cuba’s Matanzas Oil Terminal Inferno Out, Disruptions Ongoing

The huge blaze that destroyed four of eight large storage tanks at the Matanzas Oil Terminal in Cuba was brought under control after days ablaze. The fire, which was started by a lightening strike, hindered marine terminal operations and forced tankers to divert to other ports.

Columns of fire were reported rising from the site and thick black smoke spewed for days. Explosions occurred as tanks collapsed or imploded. Mexico and Venezuela sent firefighters to assist and the U. S. provided technical consultations.

It took a full week of work to finally get the fire under control and put it out. Six firefighters were killed while working to put the blaze out and more than 130 people were injured during the incident.

“The U. S. is relieved that the Matanzas fire has been contained. We wish a speedy recovery to all the individuals and families who have been affected. We hope that any significant environmental impact on the people of Cuba can be easily mitigated,” the U.S. Embassy in Cuba said in a statement.

Leidos to Design Future Medium Unmanned Undersea Vehicle

Leidos was recently selected by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to design and build a medium-size unmanned undersea vehicle. The single award, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract holds an approximate value of $358 million if all options are exercised. Work will be performed primarily in Lynnwood, Washington.

“Our decades of experience fielding unmanned technology coupled with our familiarity with the ever-changing needs of the fleet, enables us to provide this critical capability to our warfighters at speed and scale,” said Mike Rickels, Leidos senior vice president of C4ISR Solutions. “We look forward to building upon our long-standing relationship with the Navy and supporting their critical national security mission.”

The medium unmanned undersea vehicle will support intelligence preparation of the operational environment by providing submarine-based autonomous oceanographic sensing and data collection for the Navy. The MUUV will also provide surface-launched and recovered mine countermeasures.

Leidos will work with several partners to deliver this critical technology, including L3Harris Technologies.

“This partnership with the Leidos team provides the Navy with an advanced, agile unmanned undersea vehicle system that leverages our proven Iver technology,” said Rosemary Chapdelaine, president, Maritime, L3Harris. “The Leidos and L3Harris team successfully recovered AUVs through a submarine torpedo tube and we’re excited to bring this dynamic launch and recovery capability to real-world missions.”

First Foreign Ship in Port in Ukraine Since Invasion

First Foreign Ship in Port in Ukraine Since Invasion

The first foreign-flagged ship to arrive in Ukraine since the war started in February came into port on Saturday, August 6. The ship was loaded with grain according to a statement by Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov.

Ukraine began grain exports in August and they are being monitored by a Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul with Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and United Nations personnel overseeing them.

The U.N. and Turkey made an agreement after the U.N. warned of possible famine due to a lack of grain from the Ukraine region. Russia and Ukraine together accounted for approximately one third of wheat exports in the world, prior to Russia’s invasion.

Oil Tanker Ice Energy Crew Released

Oil Tanker Ice Energy Crew Released

The crews of two oil tankers seized earlier this year are being released. Iran seized the two tankers in May and now says the crew members will be returning to their countries of origin beginning the week of 12 Sept., a Greek merchant marine group said on Sunday.

A Greek delegation visited and the agreement was reached in those talks, according to a Greek Union of Merchant Marine Sailors statement on its website.

Greek and U. S. authorities, working together, stopped an Iranian tanker, the Lana, and confiscated its cargo in late May. It is believed that Iran retaliated by seizing the two Greek tankers in Persian Gulf waters. They diverted the ships into Iranian waters two days later, on May 27. The tankers reportedly were carrying one million barrels of oil.