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Nigerian Navy Press Release

The Nigerian Navy has released a statement cautioning the general public and the nigerian press about inaccurate news reporting. The statement comes after an alleged attack involving a security..

Explosion - Gulf of Oman

Reporting indicates that an explosion has occurred on a vessel in the Gulf of Oman

US Navy Ship Arrives at Port Sudan - First Time in Decades

A rapid transport ship of the US Military Maritime Transport Command USNS Carson City arrived at Port Sudan harbour on the Red Sea on Wednesday “to enhance maritime security in the region” in a new..

False Allegation of Attack - 17nm West Okwori Terminal

Reporting indicates that claims that an SEV was attacked 17nm West of Okwori resulting in the death of two personnel were false and the result of fictitious reporting.

European interest in Libyan Oil

The Libyan conflict has been ongoing for a decade. The impact on Libya’s oil production has been significant. Whether the new transitory government and shift to democracy will increase and stabilise..

Drones, Choppers to Police Pirate-Infested Waters Off Nigeria

Nigeria will commission $195 million worth of aircraft, boats and vehicles in the next three months to strengthen security in the pirate-infested Gulf of Guinea, Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi..

Dryad Global: Annual Report 2021

Our annual report is available to download now.

Falling Oil Prices Cause Increase in Violent Pirate Attacks

Increased threat of violent piracy attacks soars as oil prices tank impacting vessels travelling through the Gulf of Guinea.

Fears Of China’s New Coast Guard Law Escalating Sea Disputes

State Department says language in the law could be used by Beijing to intimidate its neighbours in the region amid South China Sea tension.

Rising Militarisation of the Red Sea

Russia plans to build a naval base on Sudan’s Red Sea coast to resupply its fleet, according to a draft agreement with Khartoum signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

Top tips for a pandemic-proof superyacht charter

The brokerage and charter markets are part of our industry that is naturally most reactive to world events. Those working in these sectors have to swiftly navigate through difficult times in order to..

Malaysia extends curfew in Sabah's ESS Zone until March 1

The curfew in the waters off seven districts in Malaysia's Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) has been extended until March 1. Sabah police commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali said the curfew covers..

IMO Urges Action to Combat Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will convene a maritime security working group in response to the growing number of pirate attacks on ships in the Gulf of Guinea.

Missing Turks found murdered in Iraq

Dozens of people have been arrested after the bodies of 13 Turks who had been missing for five years were found in a cave. All had been shot. Eight have been identified as soldiers and police..

How History Predicts COVID-19’s Impact on Maritime Piracy

By Brandon Prins, Professor of Political Science, University of Tennessee 2020 was a bad year for maritime piracy. The global number of sea-piracy incidents rose by over 20% from 2019 and West Africa..

Cold Snap Shuts Houston Ship Channel & US Gulf Coast petchem plants

A deep freeze that hit Texas over the weekend wrought more havoc on the U.S. energy sector on Tuesday, curbing output in the largest U.S. oil field, knocking out a fifth of the nation's refining..

Gulf rivalries are spilling into Africa’s Horn

The narrow waters separating the Arabian peninsula from the Horn of Africa have never served as much of a moat. Goods and people routinely cross. Iran and the United Arab Emirates, in particular, are..

Dryad Global Annual Report 2021

Our annual report is on its way. Join our team as we reflect on an extraordinary year in global maritime, security & shipping.

IMO urges action to deter piracy in Gulf of Guinea

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has expressed his deep concern about the escalation in the number and severity of attacks on ships and crew in the Gulf of Guinea region.

Security takeover by NIMASA on Lagos anchorage

The situation at the anchorage in Lagos.

India: Urgent Need for Legislation on Maritime Piracy

India does not have separate domestic legislation on piracy and prosecution for piracy as a crime has not been included in the Indian Penal Code or the Code of Criminal Procedure, the panel noted.

After weeks in pirate captivity Turkish Sailors Freed

Fifteen men kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea are undergoing health checks, Turkish media reports.

US Navy Ship Deployed to Mombasa Port

The US has deployed a navy ship to the port of Mombasa to boost maritime security in the region.

The Cautionary Tale of Lianpengu 809

An insight into the operations of West African pirates, a guest blog from Craig de Savoye, West Africa specialist at Protection Vessels international.

Abandoned Crew Forced To Collect Rain Water To Survive

Luis Alberto Veloso is one of four abandoned seafarers on board the Togo-flagged MV Onda who has gone one year without pay. The ship and its crew are abandoned in the port of Douala, Cameroon by Amin..

Superyacht chartering in the age of COVID-19

Many superyacht charters are fixed under the MYBA’s (Mediterranean Yacht Broker Association’s) standard charterparty wording - the “MYBA Standard Charter” - which is subject to English law and London..

Strike ends at Marsa al Hariga

Libya's Marsa al Hariga terminal has reopened.

Why corruption persists in Nigeria

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said that corruption persists in the country because thieves are not jailed or severely punished.

How are maritime boundaries determined?

A CANNON SHOT fired from the coast can hit a ship three nautical miles out to sea. In the 17th century, this was the basis for maritime boundaries. Countries could claim sovereignty as far as they..

Washington’s Chance to Reimagine Counter-terrorism In Syria’s Idlib

If the Biden administration is looking to correct Washington’s overly militarised foreign policy, one opportunity to redefine U.S. counter-terrorism strategy lies in Idlib, an area which U.S...

Boarding - 108nm NW Sao Tome

Reporting indicates that the MT MARIA E has been boarded 108nm SW Sao Tome in the vicinity of the previously reported Hijacked LIANPENGYU 809.

Hijacked Vessel Last Known Position

Reporting indicates that the suspected Hijacked vessel LIANPENGYU 809 has been intercepted by Gabon Navy and escorted into Libreville. 10 Crew are understood to have been kidnapped.

"Yacht Industry Faces Closure" As Foreign Clients Locked Out

The yachting industry has been crippled by the travel restrictions imposed on foreign visitors to combat the covid 19 pandemic and over 2,000 people who earn a living from boat repairs and other..

Strike continues at Libyan port as tanker diverts

A tanker has been forced to divert from Libya's Marsa el-Hariga terminal, where strike action among guards has prevented crude from being exported for two weeks.

Attack - 56 Nm SW Sao Tome

Reporting indicates that a MV has been attacked approx 56 Nm SW of Sao Tome

Hijack - 83nm WSW Port Gentil

Reporting indicates that the Gabon flagged fishing vessel LIANPENGYU has been hijacked.

As New Libyan Authority Takes Shape, Challenges to Peace Remain

The head of Libya’s new presidency council is due soon in the capital to begin work on a transitional government amid cautious hopes a decade of fighting that’s divided the OPEC nation may be coming..

Attempted Boarding - 74nm SW Port Gentil

Reporting indicates that the MT SEAKING (IMO:9292187) was approached by a small boat launched from a mother vessel.

Is a Transatlantic Approach The Solution to West Africa's Maritime Insecurity

The recent news headline said it all: “Pirates kidnap 15 Turkish sailors in attack on container ship” off the Nigerian coast in the Gulf of Guinea. A vast maritime zone of 2.3 million square..

Iranian hostility: Forceful diplomacy or reckless militancy?

Anticipating the Biden Administration’s Iran strategy is crucial for understanding future risks for maritime operators in the Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman, and wider Indian Ocean. Though the..

Boarding - 115nm SW Kribi

Reporting indicates that the MV SEA PHANTOM (IMO:9326653) has been boarded 115nm off the coast of Kribi, Cameroon.

Nigerian Navy officers are colluding with criminals

Nigeria’s new Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Zubairu Gambo, has said that some personnel of the Nigerian Navy collude with drug traffickers, bandits, kidnappers and economic saboteurs, warning..

Mixed Migration Update East Africa & Yemen

Key updates include insights into the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region which is spurring mass displacement: More than 56,000 Ethiopians have now fled to neighbouring Sudan due to fighting. •..

Cabo Delgado Conflict: Escalating tensions and COVID-19

Since 2017, the ongoing conflict in Mozambique’s northernmost province, Cabo Delgado, has cost the lives of more than 1000 people, displaced some 355,000 and left 712,000 needing humanitarian..

Suspicious Approach - 62nm SW Bonny

Reporting indicates that that the Container vessel MSC PANAYA (IMO9217565) reported a suspicious approach.

Curfew in waters off ESSZone extended until Feb 14

The curfew in the waters off seven districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), which was scheduled to end on January 30th, has been extended until Feb 14. Eastern Sabah Security Zone 31..

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Returning Home After Long Sea Tour Watching Iran

The aircraft carrier Nimitz is finally going home. The Pentagon last month ordered the warship to remain in the Middle East because of Iranian threats against President Donald J. Trump and other..

The pros and cons of Turkey’s presence in West Africa and the Sahel

The Turkish parliament this week approved an extension of the mandate for naval troop deployment in the Gulf of Aden, Somalian waters and the Arabian Sea. Since it was first approved by parliament in..

Will the Wakashio wreck improve Africa’s ability to respond to maritime disasters?

Despite decades of policy work, countries party to the Nairobi Convention still have different capabilities in responding to marine pollution incidents, including equipment and personnel. During a..

EU Moves to Take Control of Maritime Security in Gulf of Guinea

After all efforts by governments around the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) to stop piracy, kidnapping for ransom and organised crime failed, the European Union (EU) has announced the launch of the pilot case..