Access the latest Triton Scout Maritime Security Threat Advisory for the week commencing 4th July 2022

👉 On 03 July, Turkish authorities detained a Russian cargo ship which Ukraine claims was carrying stolen grain. Ukraine has accused Russia of stealing grain from seized Ukrainian territories. Russia has previously denied that Russia stole any Ukrainian grain. In further reporting the Ukrainian military have stated that a landing craft of the Black Sea Fleet D-106 is reported to have exploded when it hit one of the Russian navy’s own mines near Mariupol. Such reports follow earlier reporting by Russia that the first civilian vessels have departed the Black Sea port. 

👉 On 2 July, Lebanon’s Hezbollah sent three unarmed drones towards an Israeli Mediterranean gas rig in contested waters claimed by both countries. The Israel Defence Force (IDF) said the UAVs had not posed any immediate threat. There have been tensions over the location of the Israeli gas rig within the contested waters. Israel and Lebanon continue talks on where they should draw the maritime border with the US is working to support discussions. 

👉 In Libya, amidst the continuation of port protests, the Libyan National Oil Corporation has declared a state force majeure on the As Sidra and Ras Lanuf oil termi- nals, with the continuation of the state of force majeure on the terminals of Brega and Zeuitina. Meanwhile there have been protests against deteriorating living conditions and the delay of the December 21 federal elections across nine Libyan cities including Tripoli, Tobruk, Benghazi and Misratah. 

👉 In Nigeria, stakeholders in the maritime industry have warned that over 70% of Nigerian seafarers are unemployed which could lead to a spike in piracy incidents in Nigerian waters. Professional seafarers who are trained and subsequently unable to obtain employ- ment, are able to use their knowledge and capabilities to execute sophisticated maritime attacks for income. Whilst there have been five months without a reported piracy attack in Nigerian waters, conditions of insecurity still remain, with a prevalence of incidents within the Southern Niger Delta. 

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