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Maritime piracy in Mexico… a ticking time bomb

MEXICO CITY (Informex) – Communication equipment, diving equipment, tools, wiring, metal caps, navigation instruments, watches, cell phones, and even wallets, stolen by groups of pirates from oil..

Coalition forces in Yemen foil Houthi boatbomb attack

Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen intercepted and destroyed a remote-controlled boat rigged with explosives in Hodeidah governorate on Sunday, the alliance's joint command said.

Attempted Boarding - Lome Anchorage

Reporting indicates that the containership BAHMAS was approached by a small craft containing boarding equipment and personnel.

Possible Hijack 95Nm South of Lome

Reporting indicates that a fishing vessel has been boarded approximately 95 nm south of Lome, and appears to be hijacked.

Attempted Boarding - 114nm SE of Tema, Ghana

Reporting indicates that a vessel has reported an attempted boarding by a small craft (c12m) 6-8 persons on board, with ladder sighted.

Obaseki Inspects Gunboats, Marine Police Post In Gelegele

Nigeria: Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday, inspected eight gun boats, marine police post and accommodation for security personnel, among other projects executed by the state..

Suspected Insurgent Encroachment, Nhonge Island

Reporting suggests that the IS-affiliated terrorist organisation Ansar al-Sunna has moved units to the islands of 'Ilha Mionge/Nhonge', off the coast of Mozambique. Unconfirmed reporting has also..

Libya's NOC welcomes proposal to end oil blockade

Libya’s National Oil Corporation welcomed on Friday proposals from both sides in the country’s conflict to lift a seven-month oil blockade and place revenues in a special bank account until a..

Attack and boarding 8nm SE of Freetown

Reporting indicates the fishing vessel SHENGHAI2 was attacked and boarded when anchored 8nm SE of Freetown, Sierra Leone, at about 0030 hrs UTC.

Ransom at the Carnival: cyber security plan for ships

Carnival Corporation & PLC is the largest cruise line operator in the world. In 2019, Carnival pulled in a record revenue of $20.8 billion. Even with the troubles of 2020, this makes them a..

Panama-flagged AEGEAN II Boarded 180 nm SW off Socotra

Reporting indicates that the Panama Flagged Chemical Tanker AEGEAN II has been attacked by unknown armed men (with links to local militias), 180 nm SW Socotra, in what appears to be an attempted..

Oil rig workers off Mexico defenceless in face of pirate attacks

Working on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is not for the faint-hearted.

Suggestions of Partial Removal of Oil Blockade in East Libya

Libyan National Army (LNA) sources have suggested they may allow limited oil exports from Oil Crescent/Eastern terminals. The decision has been taken due to a need to free up storage space, which..

Turkish, Qatari & German ministers visit Libya amid ceasefire efforts

Turkey and Qatar’s defence ministers and Germany’s foreign minister visited the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday amid efforts to secure a ceasefire in the divided country, Libyan and Turkish media..

Maritime Cyber Security & Threats Aug 2020 Week Two

Dryad and cyber partners RedSkyAlliance continue to monitor the stark upward trend in attempted attacks within the maritime sector. "Fraudulent emails designed to make recipients hand over sensitive..

Who owned the chemicals that blew up Beirut? No one will say

In the murky story of how a cache of highly explosive ammonium nitrate ended up on the Beirut waterfront, one thing is clear — no one has ever publicly come forward to claim it.

Mocimboa da Praia: Key Mozambique port 'seized by IS'

Militants linked to the Islamic State group have seized a heavily-defended port in Mozambique after days of fighting.

MT WILA boarded by Iranian Naval Forces - 22nm NE Khor Fakkan Port

Reporting indicates that the MT WILA has been boarded by Iranian Naval forces 223nm NE Khor Fakkan UAE

Greece moves in naval fleet to Mediterranean over Turkish encroachment

Greece has moved in almost its entire naval fleet in response to manoeuvres in the eastern Mediterranean by a Turkish research vessel and accompanying warships.


Sea blindness—the failure to acknowledge or recognize the importance of the maritime domain to both society and the economy—can pose a significant threat to state security. As detailed in a May 2019..

How prepared is shipping for a cyber attack, really?

So it has happened. The screens on the business PCs in the engine control room and bridge have all locked down. The computers are simply displaying a black screen with a blank pop up window. No text...

Long range sailing yachts security and COVID-19

Global travel has been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many countries having closed their borders and implementing strict bio-security restrictions. Whilst the global maritime..

Greece calls Turkey's seismic survey in Mediterranean illegal

Turkey dispatched a vessel to conduct a seismic survey in a disputed area in the eastern Mediterranean, a move which Greece said was illegal and is likely to heighten tensions between the two NATO..

Maritime Cyber Security & Threats Aug 2020 Week One

"Fraudulent emails designed to make recipients hand over sensitive information, extort money or trigger malware installation on shore-based or vessel IT networks remains one of the biggest day-to-day..

Egypt and Greece agree exclusive economic zone in Mediterranean.

Egypt and Greece signed an agreement Thursday to set up an exclusive economic zone in the eastern Mediterranean amid regional tensions over energy resources in the area. Egyptian Foreign Minister..

Beirut explosion: disaster was exceptional but events leading up to it were not

At the time of writing at least 100 people have lost their lives and a further 4,000 have been wounded following an explosion in the Port of Beirut. While the actual cause remains uncertain, the..

The kidnapping business that sustains the economy in the Niger Delta

The nearest port of Lagos is 230 nautical miles away, approximately 426 kilometers. Since June, the Curacao Trader , an oil tanker managed by the Greek company Alison Management Corp, has been..

Yaounde Code of Conduct taking shape in the Gulf of Guinea

Security professionals in the Gulf of Guinea know that if they want to spot criminals in the open water, the best place to look is along a maritime border.

Nimasa getting ready for major Deep Blue deliveries

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Nimasa) has taken delivery of patrol vessels and rigid-hulled inflatable boats as part of its Deep Blue maritime security project, and is..

Drah says Libya's GNA ready to liberate Sirte once negations fail

The spokesman for the Sirte-Jufra Operations Room Abdelhadi Drah has reiterated that the forces under the command of the Government of National accord (GNA) are ready and have all needed preparations..

Attempted Robbery - Lagos, Nigeria

Reporting indicates that an attempted robbery has taken place at a jetty of the port in Lagos.

Maritime experts urge Gulf of Mexico be declared high risk for piracy

Campeche Sound in the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico should be declared a high-risk area by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) due to the rising number of attacks on oil and gas..

New Arms Shipments Come For Haftar Forces: Libyan Army

The Libyan army on Sunday said Russian-made cargo planes made new military shipments to the forces loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar.

Is Mozambique Safe?

Is Mozambique safe?