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        How Yachts Contribute to Trans-Atlantic Cocaine Trade

        A yacht, found off the coast of Portugal with the country's largest-ever haul of cocaine, illustrates how these smaller, private vessels have become a favoured modus operandi to move cocaine between..

        OCIMF Issues Guidance on Hiring Private Maritime Security Guards

        The guidelines for the Employment of Private Maritime Security Companies is intended to help owners/operators with pre-selection considerations before using private maritime security services.

        Clashes in Libya's Al-Zawiya damage oil refinery

        Al-Zawiya oil refinery management said Tuesday that armed clashes near the facility night on Monday caused damage to 13 oil materials' tanks.

        Vessel Boarding 51nm SW Bioko Island

        Reporting indicates that an OSV has been boarded by an unknown number of attackers 51nm SW Bioko island. The incident is reported to have occurred on the 25th October 21 at 2126UTC.  The incident..

        Iran & Venezuela to sign 20-year cooperation accord

        Iran will sign a 20-year cooperation accord with Venezuela when President Nicolas Maduro visits Tehran “in the next few months”.

        Weekly Maritime Security Threat Assessment w/c Monday 25th October

        As of the 25th of October, one incident has been reported 86nm SW Agbami Terminal with one vessel understood to have been boarded. In addition, MDAT GOG have issued an alert for an increased risk of..

        Sudan Prime Minister arrested and detained amid reports of an apparent coup

        Sudan Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and his wife Muna Abdallah have been arrested and taken to an undisclosed location, the prime minister's economic advisor Adam Hireka told CNN Monday, in events..

        Vessel Boarding 86nm SW Agbami Terminal

        Reporting indicates that the containership MSC LUCIA has been boarded by an unknown number of attackers 86nm SW Agbami Terminal. A naval vessel is inbound.  The incident is understood to be ongoing. 

        MDAT - GoG Increased Threat of Piracy

        MDAT-GOG is aware that the piracy threat remains high in the area defined by the following points:

        Portugal seizes cocaine worth $232m on board yacht in Atlantic Ocean

        Portuguese and Spanish authorities have seized 5.2 tons of cocaine from a sailboat on the high seas and arrested three suspects, in Portugal’s largest drug bust in 15 years and a world-record haul..

        Turkish shipyard launches mass production of fast patrol boats

        Private Turkish shipyard Ares has begun mass production of a batch of 122 fast patrol boats for the country’s Coast Guard Command and the General Directorate of Security, the company announced.

        Suspicious Vessel - 233nm South Lomé


        Suspicious Approach - 8nm NW Perim, Yemen

        UKMTO reporting indicates that a vessel was approached within the Bab al Mandab Strait, 8nm NW Perim Island. Reporting states that the single craft contained 6 persons. Ladders were sighted. AST..

        Weekly Maritime Security Threat Assessment w/c Monday 18th October

        This week, the IMB reported that piracy and armed robbery incidents were at their lowest for the first nine months of any year since 1994.

        National Oil Corporation (NOC) Kidnapping

        The National Oil Corporation (NOC) condemns the kidnapping of two of its employees and demands their immediate release.

        Iran’s navy prevents pirate attack in Gulf of Aden

        An Iranian warship on Saturday prevented an attack by pirates against two oil tankers that it was escorting in the Gulf of Aden, the country’s naval chief said. “Navy commandos were successful in..

        Dryad Global secures strategic partnership with CR International

        Dryad Global secures strategic partnership with CR International to deliver intelligence led insurance solutions.

        Mozambique's tuna corruption scandal puts justice on trial

        The biggest corruption trial in Mozambique's history is under way at a maximum security prison, at the same time as the credibility of the country's judicial system is on trial in neighbouring South..

        Migrant Smuggling Routes, Hideouts in Colombia's Indigenous Lands

        The recent dismantling of a migrant smuggling ring in Colombia has revealed the routes, corruption networks and modus operandi used to move thousands of migrants through the country.

        2021 SAFETY 4 SEA Virtual Forum on Maritime Security & Anti Piracy

        The 2021 SAFETY4SEA Virtual Forum is scheduled as a 3-day event from Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st of October. The event aims to support a target group of Technical, Safety, Operations & Marine..

        The Insanely Lucrative Pirate Stock Exchange In Somalia

        The earliest instance of modern stock trading occurred in Amsterdam with the Dutch East India Company. In order to raise capital, it sold shares to the public and paid dividends based on the success..

        Lamu Kenya Navy Base A Big Boost For Maritime Security, Blue Economy

        The new Kenya Navy Base in Manda Bay, Lamu County will greatly boost Kenya’s counter-terrorism efforts while strengthening the country’s ability to secure her maritime domain, crucial to attaining..

        Ecuador: The New Corridor for South American Arms Trafficking

        As Ecuador reels from its worst prison massacre, military intelligence has recently revealed a flow of arms from Chile and Peru into Ecuador along its southern border, highlighting the country's key..

        Libyan Parliament Sets Parliamentary Elections for January 2022

        On Monday, the Libyan Parliament approved a law for parliamentary elections to take place a month after the planned 24 December presidential elections.

        More undersea activity in South China Sea increase risk after crash

        Submarines proliferating in the South China Sea are increasing risks in already treacherous waters, security experts said Friday, a day after the Navy announced an undersea collision in the..

        Weekly Maritime Security Threat Assessment w/c Monday 11th October

        Nigeria continues to dominate the narrative in the Gulf of Guinea this week.

        Oil and Gas Workers Union renews threat to shut down ports to achieve their demands

        The General Union of Oil and Gas Workers renewed the threat to shut down ports, in protest of the government ignoring their demands, such as an increase in salaries, activation of medical insurance..

        NPA, ICPC Inaugurate Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit

        The Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA) in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) has inaugurated the NPA Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit.

        Chinese trawlers jeopardise India's maritime security

        The presence of Chinese trawlers in the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal jeopardises India's maritime security by fishing in India's EEZ.

        How illegal fishing off Cameroon’s coast worsens maritime security

        In Cameroon there is growing awareness that there’s a direct relationship between illegal and unregulated activity in the fisheries sector, and maritime security in the waters off the country’s coast.

        Gulf of Guinea Piracy: UN praises NIMASA effort in combating piracy

        The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), praised efforts made by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in the battle against maritime piracy in the Gulf of..

        Weekly Maritime Security Threat Assessment w/c Monday 4th October

        Within the Gulf of Guinea, gunmen have kidnapped 4 fishermen in Akwa Ibom amidst rising militancy in the region. 

        Uhuru launches second naval base in Manda Bay

        President Uhuru Kenyatta has opened a strategic naval base to secure Kenya’s territorial waters and protect the Lamu Port South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (Lapsset) project.