Two Piracy Attacks in 24hrs Within The Wider Gulf of Guinea

Two separate incidents were reported by experts in maritime risk and global security, Dryad Global on 17th October, 2020 Reporting indicates that the LNG tanker METHANE PRINCESS (IMO9253715) was boarded whilst at anchor off Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The vessel was attacked shortly after breaking off loading operations. The alarm was sounded and all on deck … More Two Piracy Attacks in 24hrs Within The Wider Gulf of Guinea

Pirates Are Kidnapping More Seafarers Off West Africa, IMB Reports

ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) figures show a rise in piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas in the first nine months of 2020, with a 40% increase in the number of kidnappings reported in the Gulf of Guinea, compared with the same period in 2019. Pirates armed with guns and knives are abducting … More Pirates Are Kidnapping More Seafarers Off West Africa, IMB Reports

East African Terror Groups Are Exploiting The Seas

Counter-terrorism strategies must consider how the coastline provides a financial and operational life-line to violent extremists. Violent extremist groups operating in East Africa such as al-Shabaab, Ansar al-Sunna and the Islamic State in East Africa Somalia (IS-Somalia) are increasingly making use of gaps in maritime security. Counter-terrorism strategies must target this aspect of their operations … More East African Terror Groups Are Exploiting The Seas

Coast Guard to Begin Testing Unmanned Surface Vehicles Off Hawaii

The U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center, in partnership with local Coast Guard units, will be conducting test and evaluation of unmanned surface vehicles off the south shore of Oahu from October 7th through November 5th. The tests will focus on autonomous vessel systems from Saildrone and Spatial Integration Systems, in addition to a … More Coast Guard to Begin Testing Unmanned Surface Vehicles Off Hawaii

EMSA’s RPAS Enhances Maritime Surveillance Of The French Mediterranean Sea

Aiming to test the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in enhancing the maritime awareness picture in the French Mediterranean Sea, Secrétariat Général de la Mer requested the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to set-up a multipurpose maritime surveillance operation, having the Navy (Marine Nationale) and customs (Douanes) as the strategic and tactical leaders … More EMSA’s RPAS Enhances Maritime Surveillance Of The French Mediterranean Sea

BIMCO Nominates President Designate To Succeed Sabrina Chao In 2021

Under the presidency of Mrs Sadan Kaptanoglu, the BIMCO Board of Directors (Baltic and International Maritime Council) has approved the nomination of Mr Nikolaus H. Schües, CEO of Reederei F. Laeisz (Germany) to stand for election as the next President Designate of BIMCO in 2021, succeeding Mrs Sabrina Chao, Chairman of Wah Kwong Shipping Holdings … More BIMCO Nominates President Designate To Succeed Sabrina Chao In 2021

UNODC Resuming In-Person Maritime Law Enforcement Capacity Building with Kenya Coast Guard

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) has been continuing capacity building through virtual means, such as hosting an online Prosecutor’s Network forum, a Maritime Terrorism roundtable event and has recently launched a monthly online session on legal matters pertaining to the Law of the … More UNODC Resuming In-Person Maritime Law Enforcement Capacity Building with Kenya Coast Guard

Elbit Systems UK Demonstrates Hermes 900 Maritime Search & Rescue Flights for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Elbit Systems’ Hermes 900 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) recently successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The demonstration were run by the MCA and were designed to test the capabilities of using a UAS to enhance Search and Rescue (SaR) capabilities and the use of long-range unmanned capabilities in … More Elbit Systems UK Demonstrates Hermes 900 Maritime Search & Rescue Flights for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

U.S. Navy Ends Search for Missing USS Nimitz Sailor in North Arabian Sea

The U.S. Navy has ended search and rescue efforts for Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Ian McKnight, assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68), who is believed to have gone overboard Sept. 6. ARABIAN SEA  – The U.S. Navy has ended search and rescue efforts for Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Ian McKnight, assigned to USS Nimitz … More U.S. Navy Ends Search for Missing USS Nimitz Sailor in North Arabian Sea

Pirates Kidnap Crew of Reefer En-Route to Lagos

September 8 – 0630 UTC a merchant ship was attacked and boarded some 30 nm south of Lagos, Nigeria. Tracking has confirmed that the vessel attacked was the Liberian flagged Dutch reefer Water Phoenix IMO:9045168 AIS tracking indicates that the vessel was on route to Lagos at 14kts when it suddenly stopped, after performing evasive … More Pirates Kidnap Crew of Reefer En-Route to Lagos