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Ongoing Incident - Offshore Al Faw

Reporting indicates that a vessel currently at anchor offshore Iraq, 6nm S Al Bakr Terminal, is currently involved in an ongoing incident.

South China Sea: China’s Maritime Claims Concern America

Beijing keeps expanding the areas of the sea it claims as its own, despite those territories belonging to other countries.

Western Sahara: A Fragile Peace

As an unofficial state, Western Sahara doesn’t really exist—and being tiny and well behaved, it is easy to ignore. For more than 40 years, roughly half the Sahrawi population of Western Sahara has..

Anchoring the Caribbean: Colombian Navy's Growing role in the region

In October 2017, Hurricane Matthew devastated the island nation of Haiti. Nearly 1,000 people were reported killed and parts of the island were as much as 90 percent destroyed.

Maritime Cyber Security & Threats December 2020 Week 4

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..

African Migration Trends to Watch in 2021

COVID-related border closures across Africa have disrupted the normal flow of regional migration, putting migrants in greater danger.

Islamic State Threat in the Greater Sahara Expands

Violence linked to the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) more than doubled in the past year. Concentrated along the Burkina Faso-Niger-Mali border areas, ISGS events target civilians nearly..

Why register vessels in the Cayman Islands?

The yachting industry, like many other travel-related industries, was initially hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are now signs of recovery in the area of yacht sales and charters and..

Maritime Cyber Security & Threats December 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..

Russia and China Team Up in the Indian Ocean

The US and its allies may have military dominance in the region, but it’s no guarantee of influence.

Boarding - 95nm S Brass

Reporting indicates that when sailing from Lome to Bata, the Maltese flagged, containership PORT GDYNIA (9526459) was approached and boarded by an unknown number of attackers.

Yemen: Saudi-led coalition announce power sharing government

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen announced on Friday a new power-sharing cabinet that would include southern separatists in the internationally-recognised government, part of a deal to end a..

Boarding - 118nm SW Bonny Island

Reporting indicates that when sailing from Tema to Kribi, the Singapore flagged, containership MAERSK CADIZ (9526459) was approached by an unknown number of attackers.

Suspicious Approach - 175nm SW Beyelsa State

Reporting indicates when in transit deep offshore Nigeria, at about 170nm South West Brass island, an unknown vessel has been approached by one speed boat.

The Rise And Fall Of Japan Over The Deadly Mauritius Oil Spill

Four months since the major oil spill disaster, the ghost of the Wakashio continues to haunt the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. It has rapidly turned into a very Japanese affair, that has revealed..

Eastern Sabah Security Zone curfew extended

TAWAU: The curfew in the waters off seven districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone), which ended on the 16th December IS now extended to Dec 31.

West Africa - MARSEC Warning

Source: Reported to MDAT-GoG by RELIABLE SOURCES

The Downfall of Libya 10 Years On

The 2011 Libyan uprising that toppled the country’s longtime ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi devastated the oil-rich nation, believes a Tunisian journalist, who has been covering the conflict extensively...

Bomb threat at Libyan NOC headquarters

The NOC has issued a statement condemning the threat of targeting of NOC headquarters with a car bomb as well as the attempt by an armed group to interfere with operations at Al-Bariqa Oil Marketing..

Kidnapping - 28nm SW Brass

Reporting indicates that a vessel has been boarded 28nm SW Brass resulting in the kidnap of 8 personnel.

U.S gives equipment to Nigerian Navy to combat Gulf of Guinea threats

The US government has handed over maritime equipment to the Nigerian Navy to secure maritime threats in the Gulf of Guinea and promote bilateral relations between both nations.

Maritime Cyber Security & Threats December Week 2

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..

Kidnapping - 48nm W Bayelsa

Reporting indicates that 5 crew were kidnapped from the Cameroon flagged MV CAP SAINT GEORGES (IMO 7312529).

Yacht Charter: Cruising The Bahamas

Even with the pandemic, Bahamas yacht charter is possible.

Boarding - 160nm SW Brass

Maritime Security: Reporting indicates that the Maltese flagged MT NEW RANGER has been boarded 160nm SW of Brass, Nigeria.

Seychelles in crosshairs of India's maritime security axis

New Delhi's priorities in the Indian Ocean dovetail with US Indo-Pacific strategy.

Explosion - Jeddah Anchorage Area

Reporting indicates that a vessel has experienced an explosion whist carrying out operations within the main tanker anchorage at the Saudi Aramco Jeddah Port.

Erdogan Asks Turkish Parliament to Extend Troop Deployment in Libya

On Saturday, the Turkish Presidency sent a motion to Parliament with a request to extend the deployment of Turkish troops in Libya for an additional 18 months.

China's Expanding Economic Influence in Africa: Risk vs. Reward

The debate on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) investments in Africa has always teetered between the risks of a “debt trap” and the benefits of industrialisation.

Iran sends largest fleet yet of tankers to Venezuela

Iran is sending its biggest fleet yet of tankers to Venezuela in defiance of US sanctions.

Haftar's spokesman: We're at war with Turkey

The spokesman for Khalifa Haftar's forces Ahmed Al-Mismari said they are at war with Turkey after the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have "fueled their conflict".

Arab Coalition destroys two Houthi explosive-laden boats

The Arab Coalition said late Wednesday its forces intercepted and destroyed two bomb-laden boats belonging to Iran-backed Houthi militia.

Nigerian Naval officers involved in illegal bunkering

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, has decried the involvement of Naval personnel in illicit oil bunkering and crude oil theft.

Could the fastest-growing jihadist insurgency tear Burkina Faso apart?

As Britain deploys troops to neighbouring Mali, Burkina Faso is descending deeper into chaos.

Empowering indigenous players: a solution to West Africa's maritime security crisis

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has emphasised the need for full implementation of the relevant local content strategy by ensuring that Nigerian cargoes are freighted..

45 years on, will there be Portuguese troops in Cabo Delgado?

Some in Portugal want to prove a point by sending soldiers back its former colony. On 1 January 2021, Portugal will assume the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, and some in..

Russia’s Port Sudan Naval Base: A Power Play on the Red Sea

Russia is planning to expand its naval power projection on the Red Sea. In November, Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin approved a draft agreement to establish a naval base in Port Sudan, on..

LNA Detain vessel offshore Derna

Libyan National Army forces have detained MV MABROOKA (IMO 9328613) offshore of Derna.

The long term impact of the Tigray conflict on Ethiopia

Concerns are mounting for the welfare of tens of thousands of people who have fled fighting in the northern Ethiopian province of Tigray into neighbouring Sudan.

Superyacht quarantines in Phuket

APS Superyachts successfully cleared a foreign-flagged superyacht client into Phuket last week who is now undergoing onboard quarantine.

Libya: paper-thin peace as Libyan Army on Alert after GNA Movements

On Saturday, the Karama Operations Room called on all commanders of the military sectors and units of the Libyan National Army (LNA) to put all forces on maximum alert level.

Oil Pirates Dangerously Close To U.S. Waters

Piracy is an age-old problem in the energy industry, often seen in West Africa and other regions of the world. However, following the rise of the phenomenon during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, pirates..

Boarding - 50nm SE Agbami

Maritime Security: Reporting indicates that the Maltese flagged MT NEW RANGER has been boarded 50nm SE Agbami Terminal.

Approach - 210nm South of Lagos

Reporting indicates that the French flagged MT VERRAZANE (IMO 9649146) was approached approximately 210nm South of Lagos

Boarding - 220nm South Lagos

Reporting indicates that MT NEW RANGER has been boarded 220nm South of Lagos.

Trump orders most US troops out of Somalia

United States President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of most American troops from Somalia, the Department of Defense said in a statement Friday, a move that is part of a global pullback of..

Attack - 35nm South West of Nishtun

Reporting indicates that an MV was attacked approximately 35nm SW of Nishtun.

Attack - 200nm South West of Bayelsa State

Reporting indicates that an MT approached by 1 white speed boat. It is understood that shots were fired.

The Best Superyachts To Charter This Festive Season

Following the craziness of 2020, a private yacht charter could just be the best (and safest) way to spend the festive season.

Attack - 150nm South West of Port Harcourt

Reporting indicates that the M/V COOL GIRL reported being attacked by 2 speed boats.

First Instances of Piracy by Insurgents

On 23 November, insurgents wearing Mozambican security force uniforms arrived by canoe on Ilha Quifuque, Palma District and attacked civilians there. Three civilian deaths were reported, and an..

Number of Small Fishing Vessels Smuggling Illegal Drugs Triples

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

Suspicious Approach - 85nm SW Brass

Reporting indicates that an MT was approached by 2 speedboats 85nm SW Brass. Vessel and crew are safe.

Mozambique Humanitarian Situation Report

The conflict in Cabo Delgado is deteriorating. In October 2020, at least 219 boats carrying 11,280 people half of which were children arrived in Pemba, the provincial capital of Cabo Delgado reports..

UN resolution on keyworker seafarers

UN General Assembly Resolution calls for seafarer key worker designation and implementation of crew change protocols; IMO Secretary-General urges priority vaccination. The United Nations General..

New international employment rights for seafarers captured by pirates

The introduction of new international employment rights for seafarers captured by pirates, comes into force on 26 December 2020. The amendment, comes during a resurgence of recently reported piracy..