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          Iran threatens US Army post and top general

          Iran has made threats against Fort McNair, an Army post in the U.S. capital, and against the Army’s vice chief of staff, two senior U.S. intelligence officials said.

          What threat does China pose within the South China Sea?

          Dryad Global analysts James Welsh and Dorottya Zsiboracs on China's influence within the South China Sea.

          Obangame 2021: Nigerian Navy increases security presence in GOG

          The Nigerian Navy has deployed six ships, two tugboats, two helicopters and a Nigerian Airforce ATR42 aircraft toward addressing maritime challenges in the Gulf of Guinea.

          Saudi-led coalition destroys Houthi rigged boats, drones

          The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi forces has destroyed two explosive-laden boats that the Iran-aligned group planned to use in an “imminent” attack launched from the Red Sea port of..

          Saudi minister accuses Iran of being involved in latest Houthi attacks

          The Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, accused Iran of being involved in the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities, which were carried out by the Houthi forces on..

          Mozambique: Volunteer ships evacuate 1,000 from Palma after attack

          Jihadist insurgents linked to Islamic State overran the northern Mozambican town of Palma, sparking a Dunkirk-style rescue operation for residents by a flotilla of private vessels. 

          Mozambique: several dead as insurgents seize control of town

          At least one foreign worker among those killed after assault on Palma, near a huge gas project

          Gunmen kill wanted Libyan commander in new sign of instability

          Gunmen assassinated an eastern Libyan commander wanted for war crimes on Wednesday, medics said, underscoring the risks of violent escalation on the ground that poses the biggest challenge to Libya’s..

          Alleged Attack - Israeli Owned Vessel

          Reporting indicates that an Israeli owned vessel has suffered an explosion whilst in transit within the Arabian Sea.

          Stowaway's story raises questions about Nave Andromeda incident

          Further questions have arisen over a decision to deploy special forces against a group of seven asylum seekers accused of hijacking an oil tanker after one of them told the Guardian they only..

          Maritime Law to Give Beijing Edge in South China Sea Disputes

          Chinese officials will pass a basic maritime law to formalise their sovereignty claims over the contested, resource-rich South China Sea and defend those claims more effectively in the international..

          Airstrikes hit Sanaa and Port of Salif

          Reporting indicates that Saudi-led Coalition airstrikes against Houthi targets have hit a missile and drone assembly plant Sanaa and the a warehouse and living quarters in the Port of Salif. 

          Dryad Global Security Notice - Increased Congestion in Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

          Reporting indicates that the Panama flagged MV EVER GIVEN (IMO 9811000) has run aground within the Suez Canal causing a temporary blockage of both the northbound and southbound waterways.

          Oil demand drag takes toll on tankers

          U.S. refiners are scaling back on hiring ships for longer periods to save on costs in another sign of uncertainty over when global oil demand will return to pre-COVID levels, shipping and trade..

          Panama flagged MV EVER GIVEN runs aground in Suez Canal blocking major oil route

          Reporting indicates that the Panama flagged MV EVER GIVEN (IMO 9811000) has run aground within the Suez Canal causing a temporary blockage of both the northbound and southbound waterways.  

          China, Malaysia, Taiwan & Vietnam's 'excessive' South China Sea Claims

          China, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam have made “excessive maritime claims” over the South China Sea, according to the Annual Freedom of Navigation Report 2020 prepared by the US Department of Defence.

          Why pirates attack: Geospatial evidence

          "I believe the title of pirate should be given to those who come to our waters illegally.”

          Approach - 21nm North MINA SAQR

          Reporting indicates that a vessel has reported an approach 21nm North of Mina Saqr port. 

          Alleged Tug Boat Hijacked within Persian Gulf

          Pirates have hijacked an Iraqi ship that was stranded outside the country’s waters and took it to an unknown location, the MP for the Basra governorate said on Sunday.

          Singapore Reaffirms Role of ReCAAP and its Efforts to Combat Piracy

          Singapore, as one of the 20 Contracting Parties to the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery (ReCAAP), and host to the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC), is..

          Maritime Cyber Security & Threats Feb -March 2021

          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..

          NIMASA & Nigerian Navy Take Positive Steps to tackle insecurity

          The Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) have strengthened maritime security with the deployment of hi-tech assets for vessel protection.

          Denmark to deploy Absalon-class Danish frigate to the Gulf of Guinea

          Denmark has announced that it will deploy an Absalon-class Danish frigate equipped with a detachment of Danish Marines and helicopter to the Gulf of Guinea between November 2021 and March 2022. 

          Context en achtergrondinformatie: ontvoerde crew aan boord van de Nederlandse olietanker Davide B

          De MV Davide B is op 11 Maart 2021 aangevallen door 9 bewapende individuen 213nm (nautische mijlen) ten Zuiden van Cotonou. 15 van de 21 crewleden zijn ontvoerd, de nationaliteit van deze crewleden..

          Israeli officials said to push calmer waters with Iran after alleged ship blasts

          Senior security officials have recommended that Israel work to deescalate a stand-off with Iran in which both sides have accused each other of recently attacking merchant ships, damaging them with..

          Libyan National Army Grants Turkish vessels access to Eastern Ports

          The General Command of the Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced on Wednesday that they have granted permission for commercial ships carrying the Turkish flag to enter..

          Spanish police seize narco-submarine in Malaga raid

          Police in Spain have seized a homemade submarine capable of transporting up to two tonnes of drugs.

          Increase in attacks on ships in the Middle East

          Recent tensions at sea include allegations by Iran that Israel has carried out an attack on one of its cargo ships in the Mediterranean.

          Why Britain is tilting to the Indo-Pacific region

          Some will call it a tilt, others a rebalancing and yet others a pivot but, either way, the new big idea due to emerge from the government’s foreign and defence policy review is the importance of the..

          Arab Coalition destroys Houthi explosive-laden boat off Yemen

          The Arab Coalition says it has destroyed an Iran-backed Houthi explosive-laden boat before an imminent attack off Yemen's coastal village of as-Salif.

          Why some ships vanish before unloading in the Middle East

            On a radar map, the northern mouth of the Suez canal resembles a Bermuda Triangle-sur-Mer: ships have a habit of disappearing. So it was with the Emerald, an oil tanker which went through the canal..

          Digitalisation: An arrow in shipping’s quiver or hackers’ ace in the hole?

          Digitalisation in the maritime sector remains a double-edged sword, because while technology and digital tools support the supply chain significantly, these same tools have opened new vulnerabilities.

          Will the Biden Presidency lead to greater maritime security in 2021 within the Persian Gulf?

          Anticipating the Biden Administration’s Iran strategy is crucial for understanding future risks to maritime operators in the Persian Gulf. Though the new U.S. Administration has officially offered to..

          Is an unequal balance of rich & poor driving maritime crime within the Straits of Malacca & Singapore?

          There is significant wealth disparity between littoral states in the SoM&S - the GDP per capita of Singapore is 6 times greater than Malaysia and more than 15 times greater than Indonesia.     The..

          Boarding - 208nm South Lagos

          Reporting indicates that a MV was boarded 208nm South of Lagos. 

          What is the state of Somalia and could the region return to piracy?

          Ensuring onshore socioeconomic stability remains key to repressing a resurgence of piracy in the Indian Ocean.

          There’s No Margin for Error in Port Cyber Security

          With the global shipping industry already under pressure, Joel Snape, Security Researcher at Nettitude, explains why addressing the risk to port infrastructure from cyber-attack has never been more..

          UPDATE - Kidnapping - 213nm South Cotonou

          Reporting indicates that Maltese flagged MT DAVIDE B (IMO9721750) has been boarded by 9 armed individuals 213nm South Cotonou, 15 crew reported kidnapped. 

          Iran-flagged container vessel ‘SHAHR E KORD’ suffers explosion in the Eastern Mediterranean offshore Haifa

          Unconfirmed Iranian media reporting indicates that the Iran-flagged container vessel ‘SHAHR E KORD’ has suffered an explosion whilst operating in the Eastern Mediterranean offshore..

          Video: Pirates board & loot German container ship

          Ecuadorian news agency EXPRESO reported a piracy attack in Gulf of Guayaquil, Ecuador, in the evening Mar 6 local time.

          Maiteeq Announces End of Financial Split in Libya

          On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Ahmed Maiteeq officially announced the end of the financial split between the two finance ministries in..

          Singapore’s navy tests a new layer of surveillance: unmanned vessels

          Singapore is testing unmanned surface vessels with a locally developed, AI-driven navigation algorithm that could be used for maritime security operations in the congested but strategically important..

          Police kill four suspected sea robbers in Nigeria

          The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has said that its men killed four suspected sea robbers terrorising Iwukpom/Opolum water channel in Ibeno Local Government Area of the state.

          Global Yacht Security Summary - March Update

          The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020 created unprecedented chaos and challenges for super yacht owners and operators.

          How effective have regional frameworks been in resolving piracy within West Africa to date?

          The West African maritime security situation is at breaking point. Seafarer's lives are at risk from ever-increasing violent attacks and Nigerian pirates are operating with increased impunity...

          Suspicious Approach - 105nm SE Nishtun

          UKMTO reporting indicates that that a vessel has reported being approached by four small craft. 

          German warship to cross South China Sea for first time since 2002

          US hails plan by NATO ally calling it welcome support for a ‘rules-based international order’ amid tensions in resource-rich waters.

          International Women’s Day 2021 #ChooseToChallenge

          A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

          Houthis strike Saudi oil giant’s facilities in the kingdom’s east

          Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed that they hit an Aramco oil facility in eastern Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

          Chinese hackers are still actively targeting Indian port in shadow war

          At least one connection opened by Chinese state-sponsored hackers into the network system of an Indian port is still active, even as authorities block attempts to penetrate the nation’s electrical..

          What is the nature of risk to commercial operations within the Gulf of Mexico?

          The probability of maritime crime and piracy within the Gulf of Mexico negatively impacting commercial operators is low. However, a concerning trend is emerging in the Southern Gulf of Mexico states..

          France’s forever war in the Sahel

          With violence rife across the region, France has few good options to bring back the troops.

          Turkey and Greece spark new flare-up in the Med

          ANKARA: Fears of a new conflict between Turkey and Greece have soared after Ankara sent a new scientific research vessel into the Aegean Sea.

          Nigeria: militants threaten to attack major cities

          Militants from Nigeria’s oil-rich region have threatened to attack the country's capital and economic hub for alleged neglect of the Niger-Delta, the nation’s petroleum producing area.