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          Indonesia, U.S break ground on joint strategic maritime centre

          Indonesia and the United States have broken ground on a new $3.5 million maritime training centre in the strategic area of Batam, in the Riau Islands, Indonesia's maritime security agency said.

          Rwanda Plans Mozambique Deployment to Help Fight Rebels

          Rwanda plans to deploy troops to help Mozambique fight an insurgency that’s left more than 2,900 people dead and halted Africa’s biggest private investment.

          Foreign Secretary warns of growing threat of terrorism in Africa

          Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will announce new UK funding to fight the growing threat of terrorism in West Africa.

          China's maritime militia breaks rules and charts course for global dominance

          China's quest to become a maritime superpower has turned its massive fishing fleet into a floating militia that actively engages in aggressive, and often illegal, practices at sea.

          Shuwaikh Port Busts Iranian Drug Smuggling Operation

          Customs officers at Shuwaikh Port foiled an attempt to smuggle nearly 17 kilograms of shabu (methamphetamine) hidden in rice sacks in a food supplies’ container arriving from Iran.

          The trouble with Buhari’s Nigeria is simply identity

          The problems precede Buhari, although much of the trouble began in 2015 when oil installations were targeted by militants in oil-rich Niger Delta. But many observers are seeing the beginnings of a..

          Caribbean: Where are the Yachts?

          Yacht movements in the Caribbean since March 2020 have been very different from those in past years. 

          “We have received thousands of people returned to Mozambique,” says UNHCR

          Humanitarian agencies have registered 9,600 people “returned” from Tanzania to Mozambique since January. “It is a violation of the principle of non-refoulement, which means not sending back anyone..

          World’s most fertile fishing ground is facing a ‘unique and dire’ threat

          China’s Pacific fishing fleet has grown by 500% since 2012 and is taking huge quantities of tuna.

          LTTE sea mine found at Mullivaikkal

          A Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Sea mine is believed to have washed a shore at Mullivaikkal, Mullaitivu. 

          Stemming the Insurrection in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado

          Deadly conflict in Mozambique’s ruby- and natural gas-rich northernmost coastal province feeds on a mix of colonial-era tensions, inequality and Islamist militancy. To tame the insurrection, Maputo..

          Global Superyacht Security Summary - June Update

          The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges for superyacht owners and operators last year. However, as vaccine roll out continues apace in many superyacht destinations across the globe,..

          ‘Dark’ ships off Argentina ring alarms over possible illegal fishing

          Last year, news of a fleet of about 300 Chinese fishing vessels swarming around the Galápagos Islands, possibly to fish illegally, grabbed the attention of the world.

          UN ‘disappointed’ as Houthis delay oil tanker rescue

          The UN said last week that it was “clearly disappointing” that Yemen’s Houthi rebels are again delaying a repair mission for a decaying oil tanker, which is threatening to spill its million-barrel..

          Two Guests on Royal Caribbean's Cruise Ship Test Positive for Covid-19

          Cruise operator Royal Caribbean said on Thursday two guests onboard its Celebrity Millennium ship have tested positive for COVID-19, but are asymptomatic and currently in isolation.

          Spain reopens its embassy in Libya

          The Spanish Embassy in Libya reopened on June 3rd. Libya’s head of government said during a press conference marking the occasion that the country is experiencing a historic moment.

          Small Sri Lanka fosters big maritime ambitions

          The dramatic recent fire on a container ship off Sri Lanka highlighted the risks involved in the island nation's ambitions to become one of the world's busiest maritime transport hubs. The MV X-Press..

          Greek tanker owners in apparent Venezuela U-turn

          Tankers formerly owned by Greece’s shipping community seen sold for Venezuelan deployment, while several companies’ ships tracked in Venezuelan waters.

          Deep Blue Project: How Will Success Be Measured?

          Nigeria’s delayed ‘Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure’ framework, also known as The Deep Blue Project (DBP), is finally set to commence this month, several years..

          Morocco Excludes Several Spanish Ports From Operation Marhaba 2021

          The Moroccan government has reportedly announced this year’s Operation Marhaba will not include several ports in Spain. 

          Inside the latest mission to save migrants in the Mediterranean

          This is the time of the year when small flimsy boats, known in Spanish as pateras, try to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. The central Mediterranean route is the most dangerous way to reach..

          US sanctions become blessing in disguise for Iran’s energy sector

          US sanctions on Iran have backfired. As demonstrated by its completion of a major oil pipeline, Goreh-Jask, which bypasses the Strait of Hormuz, Tehran has turned the hardship of sanctions into a..

          Heightened Risk Area - Gulf of Guinea

          MDAT-GOG has assessed a HEIGHTENED risk of piracy within the area defined by the following points: 05°00’N – 000°00’E 05°00’N – 005°00’E 02°30’N – 005°00’E 02°30’N – 000°00’E

          Approach - 210nm S Cotonou

          Reporting indicates that bulk carrier CP Tianjan was approached whilst in transit.  

          Regional military intervention in Mozambique is a bad idea. Here’s why

          Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has called an extraordinary summit of the leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) this week. He wants them to deliberate on plans announced in..

          Heightened Risk Area - Gulf of Guinea (Zones D, E &F)

          MDAT-GOG has assessed a HEIGHTENED risk of piracy within Zones D, E & F across the next 36hrs. 

          Approach - 49nm SW Lomé

          Reporting indicates that a vessel was approached 49nm SW Lomé whilst in transit. 

          Luxury charter yachts ready to welcome guests in Turkey

          Turkey is preparing for the upcoming Mediterranean luxury yacht charter season with a series of easy to follow measures to ensure the safety of locals and travellers this summer season. Turkey is a..

          Heightened Risk Area - Gulf of Guinea (Zone F)

          MDAT-GOG is aware of a current increased threat of piracy within Zone F  

          'Limpet Mines' and 'Drone Attacks'

          A covert maritime battle between Israel and Iran has been raging under the radar for years.  

          Maritime Cyber Security & Threats 23-31 May 21

          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..

          Iran's Largest Navy Ship Catches Fire and Sinks in Gulf of Oman

          Iran's largest navy ship the Kharg sank on Wednesday after catching fire in the Gulf of Oman, but the crew was safely rescued, Iranian media reported.

          Biden Floats Bigger Role for US Coast Guard

          The U.S. Coast Guard will play a greater role in making sure "every country" respects international norms on the seas, President Joe Biden declared Wednesday.

          France willing to assist Mozambique currently facing terrorists

          French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday his country is willing to assist Mozambique if it requests assistance in combating growing terrorism in northern Cabo Delgado province.

          Heightened Risk Area - Gulf of Guinea

          MDAT-GOG is aware of a current increased threat of piracy in the area defined by the following points: 05°00’N – 002°30’E

          Kidnapping - 108nm South Cotonou

          Reporting indicates that the F/V IRIS S was attacked 108nm South Cotonou resulting in the kidnap of 5 crew.

          Will Libya commander Haftar run in December’s election?

          The renegade military commander is holding rallies and polishing his image ahead of polls, according to Libya observers.