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EU eyes Indo Pacific as global maritime security hub

The European Union is shifting to become a “global maritime security actor”—expanding its sphere of influence to the Indo-Pacific region which may include the hotly contested South China Sea and East..

Weekly Maritime Security Threat Advisory 30th May

Access the latest Triton Scout Maritime Security Threat Advisory for the week commencing 30th May 2022.

US, Netherlands back UN aim to raise $144 million for Yemen’s Safer tanker emergency operation

The US and the Netherlands support UN efforts to address and avert the economic, environmental, and humanitarian threats posed by Yemen’s Safer oil tanker in the Red Sea region.

Iran says crew of two seized Greek tankers not detained and are on board

Iran’s state maritime body said on Saturday the crew of two Greek tankers seized by its Revolutionary Guards on Friday had not been detained, and were in good health and being cared for on board..

IRGC detains two Greek vessels in Persian Gulf

Reporting indicates that the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) have detained two Greek-flagged oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. The vessels have been identified as the MV Delta Poseidon..

India’s Strategic Islands Get A $3.4B Investment

Japan’s grant of $3.42 billion (¥4.02 billion) to stabilize the electricity supply in India’s strategically located Andaman and Nicobar Islands in March 2021 highlights the islands’ vital..

Blaze at port of Suakin, Sudan

Firefighters have contained a large blaze that erupted in a cargo area of the Sudanese Red Sea port of Suakin, the port’s director said Thursday.

Approach - Bab al Mandab – 13nm NE Khor Angar

Reporting indicates when transiting within Red Sea, a survey vessel, name unknown, spotted a skiff approaching the starboard bow. The alert was raised on-board and the embarked security team prepared..

Poland Interested In Trans-Shipping LNG Through Portugal

Poland would be interested in cooperating with Portugal on potential LNG trans-shipping, says Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, adding that gas could be sent to other countries to help them cut..

Vessel Robbery Offshore Dos Bocas

A "pirate" attack was recorded around midnight this Sunday on the OSV CREST TARASCO, belonging to the Protexa company, which carries out work in the Gulf of Mexico.

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea - New Legislation in Nigeria

New Terrorism Prevention Act in Nigeria

The Vulnerable Maritime Supply Chain - a Threat to the Global Economy

Around 90% to 95% of all shipped goods at some stage travel by sea. This makes the global maritime industry the world’s single largest and most important supply chain. Successful cyberattacks against..

Philippines Establishes New Coast Guard Outposts in South China Sea

The new outposts reinforce the presence of Filipino troops in the hotly contested Spratly archipelago.

UK backs Lithuania’s plan to lift Russian blockade of Ukraine grain

Britain has backed in principle a proposal by Lithuania for a naval coalition “of the willing” to lift the Russian Black Sea blockade on Ukrainian grain exports.

Weekly Maritime Security Threat Advisory 23rd May 2022

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How NATO's expansion could stabilise the Baltic region

Exercise Hedgehog might have been planned long before Russian troops invaded Ukraine, but the huge war games taking place this month in Estonia are a prickly reminder of NATO readiness just 64km from..

Boarding - 33nm SSW 33nm SSW al Hudaydah

Reporting by UKMTO and MICA Centre indicates that a vessel was attacked whilst in transit 33nm SSW Al Hudaydah. It is understood that the vessel was approached by unknown individuals in 3 skiffs and..

Indian Ocean Commission helps Africa’s island states fight sea crime

The Baba Ali, a Seychellois fishing vessel, was passing through the Seychelles exclusive economic zone (EEZ) when authorities intercepted it in May 2021.

Suspicious Approach

Reporting by UKMTO indicates that when transiting at about 30nm south Aden, a commercial vessel, reported being approached by two skiffs. The vessel is understood to have conducted evasive measures...

EA ports expect more ships after drop in piracy in Indian Ocean waters

The global shipping sector has demonstrated tremendous resilience in recent years as safety levels increased.

Europe’s role in Gulf maritime security

In February 2022, the Council of the European Union (E.U.) gathered in Brussels to discuss the extension of the Coordinated Maritime Presence (CMP) concept to the North-Western Indian Ocean.

Only 14 West Central Africa countries conduct port checks on ships

The Secretary General, Abuja Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control, Captain Sunday Umoren, says only 14 out of 22 coastal countries in the West and Central Africa conduct inspections on..

Weekly Maritime Security Threat Advisory 16th May 2022

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Ship Insurance Claims to Rise as Black Sea Remains High Risk Area

Global insurers are expected to receive multiple marine insurance claims from ships damaged or lost as the conflict in Ukraine spills over into sea lanes, insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty..

The increasing complexity of maritime security in the Red Sea

The US last month established a new Combined Task Force 153 within the Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East to focus on the Red Sea. The new task force reflects growing international interest..

Mozambique to activate maritime courts amid growing offshore crimes

The Mozambican assembly passed a bill last week to activate the maritime courts nationwide as part of the country's effort to fight a growing trend of offshore crimes including piracy, illegal..

Major maritime task force role for regional partners in GCC

Bahrain’s impressive navy officers, alongside their counterparts from Saudi Arabia, are being lined up to lead a maritime security task force which has been set up exclusively to safeguard regional..

Weekly Maritime Security Threat Advisory 10th May 2022

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Libya To Open All Ports When Oil Revenue Dispute Is Resolved

Libya expects to open all its oil loading terminals after it sets up a mechanism for a fair distribution of the country’s oil revenues among the regions, Parliament Speaker Aqila Saleh told U.S...

Iran-linked missile & maritime threats continue

Since the 1980s, US forces, partner states, and regional waterways have been threatened by Iran’s increasingly precise ballistic and cruise missiles and naval forces, all of which put US economic and..

EU Could Ban European Insurance and Tanker Transport for Russian Oil

To accompany its proposed ban on the importation of Russian oil, the European Union may also decide to prohibit European companies from providing maritime transport for Russian petroleum, anywhere in..

Suspicious Approach - 351nm NNE Socotra

Reporting from UKMTO indicates that an MV was approached by two small crafts with four POB on each. The crafts are reported to have come within 0.5nm of of the vessel. A larger craft and a third..

Can 'Nato of the seas' ensure stability in trade in the Indian Ocean?

A mariner’s map is the inverse of a landlubber’s: the continents are blanks while coastlines and seas are rich with symbols. The same inversion of perspective illuminates energy geopolitics.

Vessel Boarded 55nm SSW Cotonou

Reporting by the IMB has indicated that a vessel has been boarded 55nm SSW of Cotonou.

Weekly Maritime Security Threat Advisory 3rd May 2022

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Not all maritime disputes are built the same

Maritime disputes in Southeast Asia should be viewed less as a single big basket of problems, and more as smaller individual problems with their own corresponding solutions. There is not a..

Ukrainian TB2 Stikes Two Russian Raptor Assault Boats

According to the Ukrainian MoD, the two vessels were Raptor-class assault boats. They were struck in the vicinity of the now famous “Snake Island” (Zmiinyi Island), located roughly 70 nautical miles..

Dutch dock workers refuse to unload tanker carrying Russian oil

Dutch dock workers refused to unload a tanker carrying Russian diesel, as European states edge closer to sanctioning Moscow’s energy exports in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine.

Nigeria outlaws ransom payments

The Nigerian Senate has passed a bill imposing jail terms of at least 15 years for paying a ransom to free someone who has been kidnapped, and made the crime of abduction punishable by death in cases..