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

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

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

Hijack Of Panama-Flagged AEGEAN II 180 Nm SW Off Socotra

Experts in maritime risk and global security, Dryad Global, have reported receiving information suggesting that Somali pirates have hijacked a Panama-flagged Chemical vessel AEGEAN II. If true, this would be the first successful hijack in Somali waters since 2017. The vessel is believed to have been attacked on the evening (local time) of the 16th August … More Hijack Of Panama-Flagged AEGEAN II 180 Nm SW Off Socotra

The MPS-ISAO, Maritime ISAC, Maritime Security Council, and NMLEA Join Forces to Advance Maritime Security Resilience

The Maritime & Port Security ISAO (MPS-ISAO), the Maritime ISAC, the Maritime Security Council (MSC), and the National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA) today announced a collaborative initiative, the “Maritime Security Resilience Alliance” that has unified advancing global Maritime security resilience (physical, cyber, cognitive – disinformation/misinformation) by accelerating information sharing, coordinated response and adoption of … More The MPS-ISAO, Maritime ISAC, Maritime Security Council, and NMLEA Join Forces to Advance Maritime Security Resilience

Crew Kidnapped in Furthest Offshore Act of Piracy Recorded within Gulf of Guinea.

Armed pirates have kidnapped 13 crew off the coast of Benin in West Africa on July 17. The product tanker Curacao Trader was around 244nm South Cotonou / 210nm WSW Bayelsa State Nigeria when eight pirates armed with machine guns boarded her as she was underway. The pirates held all crew members hostage, while they … More Crew Kidnapped in Furthest Offshore Act of Piracy Recorded within Gulf of Guinea.

Allianz: Shipping Losses at Record Low, But Covid-19 Impact and Political Tensions Cloud the Horizon

Safety & Shipping Review 2020: 41 large ships lost worldwide in 2019, down by more than 20% year-on-year and almost 70% over a decade. The number of shipping incidents (2,815) is up, as are claims from machinery issues. Ro-ro vessel safety is a growing concern. Consequences of coronavirus and a sustained economic downturn could threaten … More Allianz: Shipping Losses at Record Low, But Covid-19 Impact and Political Tensions Cloud the Horizon