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US MARAD security warning update:Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Western Indian Ocean

Regional conflict, heightened military activity, and increased political tensions pose threats to merchant vessels operating in the above geographic areas.


The China Coast Guard (CCG) is growing in capability, capacity, and confidence.

Vaccination for international ocean-going seafarers

Singapore has announced that it will offer vaccination to international ocean-going signing-on seafarers.

South Africa Raises Profile as Cocaine Trafficking Hub

South Africa has made a rapid succession of large cocaine seizures in recent months, illuminating how the country and region now play a significant role as transit points for Latin American cocaine.

Weekly Maritime Security Threat Assessment w/c Monday 27th September

Following the release of US Maritime Administration (MARAD) revised advisory (2021-009) in early September, vessels are reminded of the need for vigilance with two Houthi Waterborne IED vessels..


MDAT-GoG has been made aware of an increased threat of piracy centred in ZONE E within the next 24 – 48 Hrs. Piracy Action Group (PAGs) are likely to use Mother Ship tactics to support their..

Philippines promises to ignore China maritime law as tension spikes

Amid China's growing military assertiveness, the Philippines has promised that it will ignore Beijing's amended maritime law, which now requires foreign vessels sailing in the South China Sea to..

Crew change crisis: IMO member states need to act

Conditions for crew changes around the world have improved in the last six months, but not by enough. The global shipping community needs to maintain its pressure on IMO member states, says Ian Boyd,..

Arab coalition destroys two Houthi booby-trapped boats in Salif

The Arab coalition confirmed on Monday it had destroyed two booby-trapped boats of the Houthi militia in the Salif region and thwarted an imminent attack.

US considers Georgia safe maritime trading partner

The audit results of the International Port Security Programme shows that the United States considers Georgia a safe maritime trading partner, and the cargo and ships handled in Georgian ports are..

Weekly Maritime Security Threat Assessment w/c Monday 20th September

In East Africa this week, the Mozambican navy arrested 20 personnel offshore Mocimboa de Praia on suspicions that they were affiliated with Islamist insurgent group, al-Shabaab.

Kenya removed from piracy red list

The global shipping industry has removed Kenya maritime waters within the Indian Ocean from the piracy red list, 12 years after it was designated a high-risk area (HRA).

Cargo Ships Act as Trans-Atlantic Drug Carriers

Police in Brazil have broken up a smuggling ring that had a curious modus operandi. For years, its divers strapped cocaine to the hulls of cargo ships departing for Europe, an increasingly popular..

Calls for collaboration to effectively tackle maritime threats in Nigeria

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo has identified the dearth of effective collaboration in maritime policing as one of the major impediments to tackling the emerging security..

U.S. Coast Guard train with Nigerian Navy on Maritime Law Enforcement

Twenty-four officers of the Nigerian Navy are participating in a four-week intensive U.S. Coast Guard Boarding Officer training program.

Red Sea Drones: Countering Houthi Maritime Tactics

Mariners in the Red Sea have long been threatened by pirates, but they now must deal with a much more modern threat as well: unmanned explosive boats.

Weekly Maritime Security Threat Assessment w/c Monday 13th September

This week in the Middle East, tensions increased as rocket fire was exchanged between Israeli and Palestinian forces in the Gaza Strip. Tensions around the Gaza Strip are increasing, several months..

Sailor recounts pirate attack on MV Tampen at Gabon port

Deepak Udayaraj, the second officer of the Indian merchant shipping vessel MV Tampen which came under attack by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, off Gabon in West Africa recounts the attack.

HRA UPDATE: Designated Risk Areas – Arbitrary Lines or Useful Tools for the Illustration of Risk?

This edition of METIS Inform is a revised issue of a piece we published in May 2021. The content of that piece has since partly come to fruition, with the shipping industry noting the need for a..

Mozambique insurgency: focus on criminality at sea

The insurgency in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique has been placed firmly in the international spotlight since radicals linked to Islamic State launched their audacious attack on the town of..

NIMASA: maritime piracy decline could end war risk insurance

Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has stated that a sustained reduction in reported cases of piracy and other maritime crimes in..

Rivers fishermen threaten sea port operations over insecurity

OPERATIONS of the Onne Sea Port may be disrupted, following threats by the Association of Fishermen and Sea Food Dealers in Rivers State to shut activities in the Bonny waterways.

Fishermen robbed by suspected sea pirates

Four fishermen of Arcottuthurai who set out for fishing on Wednesday were robbed of their belongings under threat of attack by suspected sea pirates.

Libyan port protests spread

Operations at two ports in eastern Libya have been disrupted by protesters today.

Beijing demands Cargo details when entering Chinese waters

Tanker owners coming near to China have more paperwork to complete. China is flexing its muscle in the South China Sea at a time where the US and allies are conducting military procedures in the..

Passenger vessels & superyacht maritime cyber security threats

In this interview with Help Net Security, Peter Broadhurst, Maritime Senior VP Safety, Security, Yachting and Passenger, Inmarsat, talks about the impact of cyber threats on passenger vessels and..

Weekly Maritime Security Threat Assessment Monday 6th September

Access the latest Triton Scout Maritime Security Threat Assessment for the week commencing Monday 6th September.

Unconfirmed Kidnapping - Libreville Anchorage

Reporting indicates that the OSV TAMPEN was boarded resulting in the disappearance of one crew member presumed kidnapped

15-years in jail for pirates convicted in Ghana

The Attorney–General, and Minister for Justice’s office and the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), are working on a new maritime bill, which, when passed into law by parliament, will see suspected..

IMO supports maritime security activities in East Africa

IMO has assisted in the strengthening of maritime security governance in East Africa by participating in two regional events during August: the Strategic Maritime Security and Blue Economy course..

Indian Military Base in Mauritius: why Africa should worry

Even the notion of an Indian military facility on Mauritius’s Agaléga island deserves regional and AU attention.

Indonesian navy seizes oil tanker wanted in Cambodia

Indonesia's navy said Wednesday that it seized an oil tanker that was wanted by Cambodian authorities on suspicion of stealing nearly 300,000 barrels of crude oil.