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Boarding - 200nm S Accra

Reporting indicates that the MV ROWAYTON EAGLE (IMO:9575216) has been boarded 200nm off the coast of Accra, Ghana.

Australian military to continue patrolling South China Sea as China warns Taiwan independence ‘means war’

Australian military ships and aircraft will continue to patrol the South China Sea amid warnings from China that a declaration of independence by Taiwan would “mean war”. Australia ‘monitoring..

Continuing Rise in Robbery on Ships in Asia in 2020

ReCAAP ISC, the regional cooperation to combat incidents against shipping in Asia, issued its annual report highlighting concern over a significant increase in incidents in 2020. The report details..

Erdogan’s Sinister Game in Libya: Construction Corruption

The ugliness of kleptocracy is often easy to see; in fact, it is inescapable. Those who have visited Libya report that for an oil state it has very unimpressive infrastructure. Indeed, it is littered..

Is there a new piracy crisis afflicting Africa's shipping lanes?

Should the merchant ships in the region now be armed? BBC World Service reporter Ed Butler, talks to Dryad Global's Munro Anderson for Business Daily. Four men boarded a Turkish-crewed container ship..

Shipping costs quadruple to record highs on China-Europe ‘bottleneck’

The cost of shipping goods from China to Europe has more than quadrupled in the past eight weeks, hitting record highs as a shortage of empty containers stemming from the pandemic disrupts global..

Dryad Global announces appointment of non-executive director

Dryad Global has announced the appointment of Teresa Peacock as its first non-executive director. "I am incredibly excited to be joining the Dryad Global team in this role, bringing my passion and..

Suspicious Approach - 164nm SW Agbami, Nigeria

Reporting indicates that the MV SEAFRONTIER (IMO:9457268) was approached 164nm SW of Agbami, Nigeria.

Creating a sustainable future for superyachts

Let’s start with the positive news. Superyachts are cool. On board, you can always find the latest and the greatest technologies, from the technologies used to build the hull, the engines and..

Piracy Pays in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea

You don’t need a peg leg, eye patch, or parrot on your shoulder to be a modern-day pirate, but guns and high-speed boats are useful. Last year pirates hijacked three vessels, fired on 11, and boarded..

Yacht Owners call for Trinidad & Tobago to Reopen Borders

Trinidad & Tobago's Government will look at the proposals made by the Yacht Services Association of Trinidad & Tobago for a safe reopening of the industry. Last week, YSATT appealed to government to..

Kidnap- 98nm NW Sao Tome

MDAT GoG report indicates that MV MOZART has been boarded.

Buhari Cancels OMSL’s Controversial Secure Anchorage Area Contract

President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled the lucrative but controversial Secure Anchorage Area (SAA) contract handled by Ocean Marine Solutions Limited (OMSL) after agreeing with long-standing..

Biden must not let the Indian Ocean slip away like the South China Sea

Joe Biden's list of inauguration pledges were long and largely domestic. But as he grapples over the coming months with his new administration's many conflicting priorities in Asia, the United States..

Suspicious Approach - 65nm SW Bonny

MDAT GoG report indicates that an MV reported a suspicious approach.

Iran hopes US will return to Obama-era nuclear deal

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has called on United States President-elect, Joe Biden, to return to the 2015 nuclear deal and lift sanctions imposed on Tehran by Donald Trump's administration...

U.S. blacklists oil tankers for undermining Venezuela sanctions

The United States on Tuesday sanctioned a network of oil trading firms, individuals and vessels that have helped Venezuelan state-run oil company PDVSA sell crude mainly to Asia despite Washington’s..

Crossover criminal vessels: a Growing illicit maritime trend

On 12 July, 2019, a cooperative operation involving INTERPOL, the non-governmental organization Global Fishing Watch, and a variety of states, most notably Indonesia, resulted in the arrest of the MV..

Maersk calls for military protection in Gulf of Guinea piracy hotspot

Maersk is calling on authorities to launch an "effective military capacity" in the Gulf of Guinea to increase safety for vessels and crews following two piracy attacks on Maersk vessels in less than..

US Virgin Islands offer cruising bubble for superyachts

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Caribbean finds itself once again in the midst of an uncertain winter season, with most islands enforcing stringent entry requirements for yachts cruising..

USCGC Stone intercepts smuggling off Dominican Republic

While the newly-built cutter USCGC Stone was under way in the Caribbean last week, bound for Guyana, her crew spotted and intercepted a drug-smuggling boat south of the Dominican Republic. The..

Suspicious Approach - 34nm NW Point A IRTC

Reporting Indicates that two suspicious approach incidents have occurred within a 24hr period approximately 34nm NW of Pointe A IRTC.

Bonny residents protest incessant attacks on waterways

Residents of Bonny, the host community of the multi-billion dollars Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), on Monday staged peaceful protest over incessant attacks by sea pirates on the waterways that..

Neo-colonialism in the Gulf of Guinea

Is neo-colonialism in the Gulf of Guinea the answer to West Africa’s maritime crime crisis? In October 2020, China’s transport ministry established an ad hoc workgroup to lay down precautionary..

Suspicious Approach - 150nm SW Bonny

Reporting indicates that MV MAERSK CARDIFF has been approached by a small vessel.

Maritime Cyber Security & Threats January 2021 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..

North Africa Emerges As Cocaine Transit Hub

Within the span of a week, cocaine was discovered in two separate maritime cargo containers bound for Libya, a strong indication that both the North African country and the broader region are..

Total sends top security team for urgent talks with Maputo

Faced with the inefficiency of the Mozambican defence forces, Total wants fresh guarantees, otherwise the Afungi LNG plant project could be put on hold. After the Mozambican army and the Ministry of..

U.S. Maritime Advisory West Africa Revised

The US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration has revised its advisory. This message cancels U.S. Maritime Advisory 2020-012 and will automatically expire on July 7, 2021. Threat Type:..

How NIMASA paid N87bn for unexecuted contracts

The Senate Committee on Public Accounts has sustained a query by the Auditor-General of the Federation against the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) over payment of N87..

Gas pipeline explodes in Port Harcourt

A gas pipeline in Rivers State has exploded. A gas pipeline explosion in Oduoha, Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, has created tension in the community. The pipeline, which passes through..

Iran ramps up uranium enrichment and seizes tanker

Iran announced Monday that it had resumed enriching uranium to 20% purity, far beyond the limits laid out in the 2015 nuclear deal, in a move likely to further escalate tensions with the United..

Jihadism, Tobago and Trinidad: Securing the maritime space requires the world's attention

Trinidad and Tobago, with their white-sand beaches and aquamarine waters, might not be the first place that comes to mind as a battlefield in the Global War on Terror. And yet the twin-island..

Ongoing Incident - Vessel Detained - Strait of Hormuz

The South Korean flagged Chemical Tanker HANKUK CHEMI (IMO:9232369) is confirmed to have been detained by Iranian forces in the Straits of Hormuz while inbound to Fujairah.

Total Asks Mozambique Staff to Leave as Attacks Near LNG Project

Total SE asked some staff to vacate its $20 billion Mozambique liquefied natural gas project as Islamist militants are staging attacks increasingly closer to the site. Fighters linked to Islamic..

Lothal to lethal: The journey of India’s Navy

Before colonisation set India back, Indian kingdoms were dominant thalassocracies (Cholas, 900-1300) and the subcontinent was a thriving sea-trade hub. India was, is and will always be a maritime..