Gulf of Guinea Records Highest Ever Number of Crew Kidnapped in 2020, According to IMB’s Annual Piracy Report

The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB)’s annual piracy report recorded an increase of piracy and armed robbery incidents in 2020. In 2020, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) received 195 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships worldwide, in comparison to 162 in 2019. The incidents included three hijacked vessels, 11 vessels … More Gulf of Guinea Records Highest Ever Number of Crew Kidnapped in 2020, According to IMB’s Annual Piracy Report

Illegal Migrants Intercepted on a Cargo Ship at Klaipeda Port

A cargo ship carrying two illegal migrants, possibly Algerian citizens, arrived at Klaipeda port, Lithuania. At the end of the inspection, officers of the Pagėgiai team of the SBGS Special Purpose Division ensured that the migrants did not disembark from the ship. This ship with the Maltese flag had arrived from the Russian port of … More Illegal Migrants Intercepted on a Cargo Ship at Klaipeda Port

US Partnering with Cyprus on a Training Centre for Border and Port Security, known as CYCLOPS

This $5 million training facility donated by the United States will be owned and operated by the Republic of Cyprus and will allow international partners to train in a dedicated facility with cutting edge equipment. Here, experts from the region will receive state of the art instruction in border security, customs and export controls, port … More US Partnering with Cyprus on a Training Centre for Border and Port Security, known as CYCLOPS

IBM Security Announce a New Agreement with the Port of Los Angeles to Design and Operate a Port Cyber Resilience Center (CRC)

This multiyear agreement is aimed at improving the Port’s cybersecurity readiness as well as enhancing threat sharing and collaboration within its supply chain ecosystem. IBM will leverage its leadership in cloud security and automation to deliver technology and expertise that can help Port stakeholders detect and protect against malicious cyber incidents, in a first-of-its-kind initiative … More IBM Security Announce a New Agreement with the Port of Los Angeles to Design and Operate a Port Cyber Resilience Center (CRC)

Ongoing Incident – Vessel Detained – Strait Of Hormuz

Experts in maritime risk and global security, Dryad Global report that the South Korean flagged Chemical Tanker HANKUK CHEMI is confirmed to have been detained by Iranian forces in the Straits of Hormuz while inbound to Fujairah.  The HANKUK CHEMI diverted her course northwards into Iranian Territorial Waters (ITW) while inbound to Fujairah from Al … More Ongoing Incident – Vessel Detained – Strait Of Hormuz

NATO Trains With Israel In Eastern Mediterranean

The Greek-led task group for the current NATO Operation Sea Guardian focused security patrol, conducted training with the Israeli Navy in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. This is the third iteration of Crystal Sea, a cooperation designed to develop maritime medical support around the Mediterranean Sea for Operation Sea Guardian to ensure that any health issue … More NATO Trains With Israel In Eastern Mediterranean

NATO Operation Sea Guardian Focused Patrols Sail The Eastern Mediterranean

SOUDA BAY, Greece – The sixth focused patrol of NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian (OSG) in 2020 has commenced, with Hellenic Navy vessel Spetsai as its flagship. Operation Sea Guardian (OSG) is a year-round, proactive and forward-looking 360 commitment: by up-keeping deterrence on terrorism and transnational illegal activities. This is the final for 2020 OSG Focused … More NATO Operation Sea Guardian Focused Patrols Sail The Eastern Mediterranean

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2020

Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents, Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), Captain Andrew Moll, makes a statement at the start of this year’s Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. “23rd to 29th October, is carbon monoxide awareness week 2020. MAIB recently published a safety bulletin about the tragic deaths of two sailors on board Diversion due to carbon monoxide poisoning. … More Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2020

Gulf of Guinea – Another Kidnapping by Pirates

Experts in maritime risk and global security, Dryad Global have reported another kidnapping in the Gulf of Guinea. At 0400 UTC, on 16th November 2020 the Ghanaian flagged general cargo vessel, AM DELTA, was boarded by 6/7 pirates. The pirates are believed to have damaged the onboard communications and navigation equipment and kidnapped five of … More Gulf of Guinea – Another Kidnapping by Pirates

The European Union is Supporting Maritime Safety Training in the Gulf of Guinea, from 2021 to 2024

The Gulf of Guinea is threatened by various illegal activities, which endanger maritime activities in this region and have adverse effects on the economy, subsistence, and international trade. For several decades, the maritime area of ​​the Gulf of Guinea, which includes the States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has been threatened … More The European Union is Supporting Maritime Safety Training in the Gulf of Guinea, from 2021 to 2024