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Cyber security for superyacht sector now top priority

An increase in cyber-attacks against superyachts during the pandemic, and new IMO requirements on the sector’s cyber security systems from January, are pushing robust risk management up the agenda..

Kidnapping - 75nm South Lomé

Reporting indicates that the MV AGISILAOS (IMO:9315745) was boarded by an unknown number of persons while underway.

Trump's Final Offshore Lease Shows Gulf of Mexico’s Long Future

The Trump administration’s final sale of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico generated nearly $121 million in high bids, an improvement from the last government auction held just as the..

Kidnapping - 14nm NNW Pennington Terminal

Reporting indicates that the St Kitts flagged general cargo vessel MILAN (IMO 8113619) has been boarded 14nm NNM of the Pennington Terminal 10nm from shore. .

COVID-secure yacht support vessel concept Haven revealed

The team behind the World Superyacht Award-winning support vessel Hodor has unveiled a new COVID-19 inspired shadow vessel concept named Haven.

Oil Tanker Owner Says Ship Attacked in Saudi Arabian Red Sea

An oil tanker came under attack while at a Saudi Arabian terminal in the Red Sea about 125 miles north of the country’s border with Yemen, according to the vessel’s owner.

Incident AL SHUQAIQ anchorage Saudi Arabia

Reporting suggests that the Maltese-flagged Crude Tanker vessel AGRARI IMO:9389083 has been involved in an incident at the Al Shuqaiq anchorage.

Nigerian Court Jails Seven for Stealing Oil

A Nigerian court has sentenced six foreigners and one Nigerian to seven years in prison for oil theft, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Tuesday, three years after the navy..

Are Zanzibar and Tanzania safe?

The beauty of Zanzibar – the dhows sailing out in the ocean, the narrow alleys and carved doors of Stone Town – masks the painful reality that it is one of the places in the world still stunted by..

The Number of Small Fishing Vessels Smuggling Illegal Drugs Has Tripled

A lack of options for commercial fishermen in coastal communities has led to a boom in trafficking

The impact of COVID on maritime gender pay

It looks like the gender pay gap in the maritime industry has taken one step forward and two steps back. Today, Spinnaker’s Maritime HR Association shared their gender pay gap statistics for 2020...

Piracy thrives off West Africa despite COVID crushing global shipping

This August, the final captives held hostage by Somali pirates were finally released after an excruciatingly long captivity. The stretch of coast off East Africa where the captives were taken in 2015..

Navy’s Support for the Maritime Deep Blue Project

As the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency’s Deep Blue Project, a security structure designed to secure all anchorage areas in the nation’s maritime domain, is gradually coming to..

Maritime Cyber Security & Threats Nov 2020 Week 3

Dryad and cyber partners RedSkyAlliance continue to monitor attempted attacks within the maritime sector. Here we continue to examine how email is used to deceive the recipient and potentially expose..

Armed group deploys at Libya's NOC headquarters

TUNIS (Reuters) - An armed group attempted to storm Libya’s National Oil Corp (NOC) headquarters in Tripoli but was stopped by guards, the company said on Monday, underscoring the security risks that..

Yemen rebels claim attack on Saudi oil facility in Jiddah

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels said they struck a Saudi oil facility in the port city of Jiddah on Monday with a new cruise missile, just hours after the kingdom finished..

Iran Says It Seized Panama-Flagged Tanker For Alleged Fuel Smuggling

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has detained a Panama-flagged oil tanker in the Persian Gulf that was carrying 300,000 liters of illegal oil, local media report.

Ethiopia’s army plans to strike Mekelle city

Ethiopia’s army plans to strike Mekelle city with heavy artillery, warning civilians to leave or take shelter ahead of a new, dangerous phase in the two-week old civil conflict.

69 migrants hidden on fishing vessel intercepted by UK Border Force

The interception off the Norfolk coast, one of the biggest this year, took place in bad weather and the migrants were found hidden beneath the deck.

Ethiopia: Observers fear huge consequences for the Horn of Africa

Tigray is at war again, this time with the federal government in Addis Ababa, and observers fear it could escalate — with huge consequences for the Horn of Africa, after Abiy Ahmed, the prime..

ESSCom forms task force against robbery at sea

The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) have set up a taskforce team to eradicate robberies at sea which are taking place in the waters of the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone).

Libyan rivals agree to unify forces safeguarding oil facilities

The agreement follows UN-sponsored talks held in Brega with the head of the National Oil Corporation.

Piracy Attacks On Oil Facilities: Are US Vessels a target?

It has not received a lot of attention from the media or U.S. policymakers to this point, but the oil and gas business has a growing global issue related to offshore and at-sea piracy. While such..

Horn of Africa: Ethiopia and Eritrea Migrant Traffic Insights

Fighting continues to escalate in the Tigray region both within Ethiopia and with neighbouring Eritrea, with 3 missiles launched at the Eritrean capital of Asmara from Tigray. What does this mean for..

Kidnap confirmed - 40nm South Lomé

Reporting indicates that contact has been lost with the MT STELIOS K IMO: 8679209 in route to Lagos.

Ghanaian maritime stakeholders: Political parties must address issues

Stakeholders in the Ghanaian Maritime Sector have called on political parties to spell out their proposed policies for the sector. They made the call during an open forum entitled, "Adopting the..

Calls to Reinstate No Sail Order in Wake of SeaDream Covid Incident

BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE 11-16-2020 06:54:46 Citing the outbreak of COVID-19 on the first Caribbean cruise and the overall resurgence of the virus, two members of the U.S. Congress are calling on..

Suspicious approach - 59nm South Lome

Reporting indicates that the MT SKS DONGGANG (IMO:9461855) was approached by a skiff with an unknown number of persons onboard.

Kidnapping - 44nm South Brass

Reporting indicates that the Ghanaian flagged general cargo vessel AM DELTA (IMO9015929) has been boarded resulting in the kidnap of 5 crew.

What is happening in Libya? Constitution draft and election date set

The UN mission announced on Friday that the participants in the Libyan Political dialogue Forum agreed to hold national elections on December 24 2021.

Kidnapping - 78nm NW Sao Tome

Reporting indicates that the Liberian flagged Heavy Load carrier ZHEN HUA 7 (IMO9166560) has been boarded while drifting 78nm NW of Sao Tome resulting in the kidnap of 14 crew.

The Strategic Case for the UK’s Multi-Role Vessel in Humanitarian Application

Our guest blog today, comes from Justin Hedges OBE, Executive Chairman at Prevail Partners . . . Rishi Sunak is undoubtedly in a tough spot, balancing the competing interests of the Covid fiscal..

Approach - 198nm South Cotonou

Reporting indicates that the Marshall Islands flagged Chemical tanker VALLEY OAK (IMO9438145) was approached deep offshore Benin.

How will US President-elect Biden impact shipping?

The shipping industry will be impacted in a major way, albeit over a timeframe lengthier than a US election cycle, by regulations and initiatives related to climate change. The oil business will..

Military Exercise in Persian Gulf - East of Larak

It has been reported to UKMTO that Iranian military forces will be conducting a military exercise with live firings. Between 1330Z and 2030Z on 11 and 12 November 2020 the bounded by area:

CRITICAL Risk - Gulf of Guinea

Operations within the Gulf of Guinea are often conducted against the backdrop of heightened risk. This is partly due to the prevalence of piracy in the region, and the relative lack of both counter..

What is a stowaway? Whose responsibility are they?

The Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic, 1965, as amended, (The FAL Convention), defines a stowaway as "A person who is secreted on a ship, or in cargo which is subsequently..

Maritime Cyber Security & Threats Nov 2020 Week 1

Dryad and cyber partners RedSkyAlliance continue to monitor attempted attacks within the maritime sector. Here we continue to examine how email is used to deceive the recipient and potentially expose..

Attack - 70nm South East Cotonou

Reporting indicates that the Marshall Island flagged M/T JANE was attacked by a single skiff

Attack - 95nm South Cotonou

Reporting indicates that the Marshall Island flagged M/T LA BOHEME was attacked by 2 skiffs

Approach 116Nm South of Cotonou

Reporting indicates that the vessel BOB BARKER was approached by a skiff with 7-8 armed persons on board with a CPA of 0.7 nautical miles.

ReCAAP warning following incidents against ships in Singapore Strait

On the night of 8 to 9 November, three incidents of armed robbery against ships occurred onboard ships while underway in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore..

Approach - 180nm South-Southeast of Lagos

Reporting indicates that the Marshall Islands flagged tanker M/T WESLEY (IMO8917924) was approached whilst underway.

Boarding 162nm South Cotonou

Reporting indicates that the Singapore flagged Chemical Tanker TORM ALEXANDRA was boarded whilst in transit from Lomé.

More than 40 fleeing Mozambique violence feared dead after boat sinks

Children among those reported drowned as Islamist insurgency drives thousands of families from homes in Cabo Delgado.

Illegal Maritime Trade Sustains Terror Groups

Members of the Ansar al-Sunna terror group recently raided Mocimboa da Praia, a major port in Mozambique’s embattled Cabo Delgado province.

Militant Maritime Operations Along Africa's Eastern Coast

In March, two speedboats piloted by members of Ahlu-Sunna Wa-Jama (ASWJ) — a Mozambican terrorist group — reached the port city of Mocímboa da Praia in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province. As..

Boarding 94nm SW Brass

Reporting indicates that the panama flagged product tanker NAFELI II (IMO 9291638) activated her SSAS whilst in transit 94nm SW Brass.

International Counter Piracy Operation Blows Through The Gulf Of Aden

With the monsoon season – which makes sea conditions favourable for smaller shipping vessels – over, a large multinational counter piracy operation has been conducted by the Combined Maritime Forces..