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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.