Monthly Archives: October 2017

Weekly Maritime Security Report

31st Oct 2017
Maritime Security Report highlights key industry-specific incidents covered by PGI's team of risk analysts during the past week: Yemen: Pirate attack wounds three off Socotra 24 October An Iranian-flagged fishing vessel was attacked around 41 nm southeast of Socotra island in the Red Sea. The Iranian coast guard alerted international naval forces who provided assistance. Three crew members were injured and treated by US personnel who arrived on the scene. PGI Analysis: The nature of the attack and those responsible was not confirmed in reports, though some sources indicate the vessel was attacked by pirates. It is possible the attack was related to either arms smuggling to the Houthi rebel group in Yemen or illegal fishing in the region. Iranian fishers are known to regularly fish without permits… Read More

Catalan Alert

30th Oct 2017
Spain: Catalan parliament votes to declare independence, Madrid imposes direct rule  The Catalan parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, with the motion approved with 70 votes in favour, 10 against and two abstentions in the 135-seat chamber. Thousands of people have reportedly gathered in front of the Catalonian parliament in Barcelona in support of the declaration. Following the vote, the senate in Madrid triggered Article 155 of the constitution which allows the central government to take control of Catalonian institutions, including the police. Article 155 will also give Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy the authority to dismiss Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont and his cabinet. There is an increased threat of civil unrest in Catalonia, with demonstrations by pro-independence supporters likely… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

24th Oct 2017
Weekly Maritime Security Report  highlights key industry-specific incidents covered by PGI's team of risk analysts during the past week:   India: Merchant vessel reports suspicious activity off Gujarat state 19 October A merchant vessel reported that it sighted two suspicious crafts at 0100 hrs local time, 50 m away from their vessel for one hour. The vessel reported that nothing was sighted on the crafts as it was too dark, and the boats later moved away but remained in their vicinity. PGI Analysis: It remains unclear whether those on board the crafts had criminal motives given the lack of detail in the report. There has however been an uptick in reports of pirate activity further north in the Gulf of Oman in recent months, including armed attacks against commercial… Read More

France, India to Enhance Maritime Security

24th Oct 2017
NEW DELHI: Stronger ties between India and France will be forged this week with the visit of French Defence Minister Florence Parly to Delhi on Friday. For more information click here Read More

Pirate Attack South America

23rd Oct 2017
DateTime: 20/10/2017 03:20:00 UTC Area: South America Status: PIRATE_ATTACK Lat: 10°11'30 N Lon: 64°46'90 W Detail: [Boarding] Crew onboard anchored Singapore-flagged LPG tanker spotted five robbers on the poop deck and raised the alarm at 03:20 UTC in position 10.11.30N - 064:46.90W, Puerto Jose anchorage, Venezuela. Upon seeing the crew alertness, the robbers fled. A search was conducted, discovered that nothing had been stolen. Reported to Port Control. Reported (IMB) 20 Oct. Source: UNID: 5070 Action: NEW ReportedBy: OL BRAVO   Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

19th Oct 2017
Malaysia: Assailants board unmanned rig in Singapore Straits 12 October Five assailants in two wooden crafts approached and boarded an unmanned rig while it was being towed at 0820 hrs local time in the western Singapore Straits. The tug master raised the alarm and reported the incident to local authorities. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency was deployed to the scene although the assailants had fled the rig before they arrived. Both the vessel and crew were reported safe. PGI Analysis: The motive behind the boarding remains unconfirmed but the incident comes amid growing concerns over oil theft in the region. On 2 October, the Indonesian Navy's Western Fleet arrested 15 alleged pirates in six wooden boats in the Singapore Strait. The pirates were thought… Read More

Maritme Cyber Digest

16th Oct 2017
Here at PGI we like to help you to keep your business safe, by signposting you to news and advice from our cyber security experts. As a loyal contact, we would love for you to attend one of our free upcoming training events in Bristol or Bedfordshire. We will be teaching delegates how to manage your IT security in-house, mitigate risks and build a people strategy to ensure the threat doesn’t come from within. Click here for Bedfordshire Registration 08/11/2017 Click here for Bristol Registration 23/11/2017 Think Twice Before Posting or Binning Your Boarding Pass In late 2015, an article was published on the potential dangers of throwing away old boarding passes or posting images of them online. A recent security conference demonstration has provided a timely… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

10th Oct 2017
East Africa and the Indian Ocean Somalia: Maritime forces kill Iranian captain off Puntland 6 October Local officials reported that Puntland Maritime Police forces shot dead an Iranian captain of a vessel thought to be illegally fishing off the town of Ras Hafun in Puntland state. The incident occurred when two boats refused orders to stop and attempted to evade Puntland forces, who were attempting to check whether they had the correct permits to fish in the area. Two tonnes of fish were seized from one of the boats, which is being held at Bosaso port while investigations are underway. PGI Analysis: Illegal fishing is prevalent off the coast of Somalia and is often conducted by Iranian, Yemeni and South Korean trawlers, although… Read More

Catalonia - Unrest

10th Oct 2017
10 October 2017 Barcelona has seen demonstrations taking place with other regions of Catalonia and these may continue for some days. The secession referendum has deeply divided the northeastern region as well as the Spanish nation. Many thousands have demonstrated against the break away in Barcelona as voters who want to stay in Spain are believed to have boycotted the vote. Demonstrations intended to be peaceful can escalate and turn confrontational. All visitors to Barcelona should exercise extreme caution while in the vicinity and remain vigilant while in popular areas. Spain is still on a high threat alert from terror attacks, these can be indiscriminate and may include places visited by tourists. The emerging situation will continue to be monitored, however Barcelona should be… Read More

Maritime Security Report

5th Oct 2017
East Africa and Indian Ocean Yemen: Merchant vessel reports suspicious skiff in Gulf of Aden 22 September A merchant vessel reported sighting a suspicious skiff with three armed persons on board south of Ahwar in the Gulf of Aden at 1021 hrs local time. The skiff reportedly did not approach any vessels in the vicinity during the sighting. PGI Analysis:  The Gulf of Aden has seen an uptick in suspicious activity and piracy in recent months following the hijacking of the Aris 13 bunkering tanker in the Socotra Gap in March. The UN is reportedly investigating suspected links between pirate gang leaders and Islamist militant groups al-Shabaab and Islamic State, both of which are active in Somali's northern Puntland region. Many pirates based in former… Read More