Monthly Archives: February 2018

Weekly Maritime Security Report

28th Feb 2018
PGI Risk Portal  Business performance relies on a good understanding of the environments in which you operate, invest, and travel. Information and targeted analysis provide companies with the necessary insights to ensure business continuity and the safety of their assets and staff. The PGI Risk Portal provides subscribers with up-to-date information and analysis on geo-political events, maritime security incidents and business-relevant threats worldwide. Click here now to register for your FREE trial     Somalia: Pirates open fire on vessel 158 nm offshore 22 February Pirates in three skiffs opened fire on the Singapore-flagged chemical tanker the Leopard Sun approximately 158 nm off the coast of central Somalia. The skiff approached the stern before firing on the tanker, prompting the vessel's onboard armed security team to return fire.… Read More

Yacht Chased By Skiffs In Gulf Of Aden

27th Feb 2018
DateTime: 18/02/2018 05:30:00 UTC Area: Horn of Africa Status: SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY Lat: 13°50’97 N Lon: 51°26’18 E Detail: UPDATE: Underway Singapore-flagged container ship, Thalassa Niki, reported a suspicious boat towing three skiffs at 0530 UTC in position 13:50.97N - 051:26.18E, in the vicinity of Pt B IRTC, Gulf of Aden. Vessel received MAYDAY call on VHF Chan16 that sailing yacht Arakai (15nm ahead) was being pursued by two skiffs. Vessel informed UKMTO. Two skiffs approached the yacht to w/i 1nm whilst three skiffs remained stationary at 2.5nm. Alarm raised and speed increased. Coalition warship helo deployed resulting in the skiffs abandoning the approach. Fifteen perpetrators in five skiffs were sighted. Skiffs no longer within visual range. Vessel Safe at 0740 UTC. Reported (UKMTO/ReCAAP) 18 Feb. Source:  UNID: 5309 Action: UPDATE ReportedBy:… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

21st Feb 2018
PGI Risk Portal  Business performance relies on a good understanding of the environments in which you operate, invest, and travel. Information and targeted analysis provide companies with the necessary insights to ensure business continuity and the safety of their assets and staff. The PGI Risk Portal provides subscribers with up-to-date information and analysis on geo-political events, maritime security incidents and business-relevant threats worldwide. Click here now to register for your FREE trial     Yemen: Skiffs approach merchant vessel in Gulf of Aden 18 February Several suspicious skiffs approached a merchant vessel at 0830 hrs local time near Point B in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). The skiffs then moved away and the vessel was reported safe. PGI Analysis: Further details of the attack, such as whether weapons… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

14th Feb 2018
Maritime Security Report  highlights key industry-specific incidents covered by PGI's team of risk analysts during the past week: Cameroon: Gunmen kidnap three fishermen off Idenao 9 February Assailants armed with assault rifles boarded a China-flagged fishing vessel 10 nm southwest of Idenao and kidnapped three crew members. Cameroonian authorities are investigating the incident. Nigeria: Merchant vessel reports pirate attack off the coast of Bonny Island 9 February An underway merchant vessel reported a suspected pirate attack at 0930 hrs local time off the coast of Bonny Island. The vessel reportedly evaded the attack and was reported safe. There were no immediate reports on casualties or the identity of the attackers. PGI Analysis: Niger Delta-based pirate groups regularly conduct kidnap for ransom attacks off the coast of Bonny Island. Such attacks typically… Read More

PGI Weekly Cyber Bytes

8th Feb 2018
The A TO Z of Cyber -C is for... As part of our 2018 series, ‘The A to Z of Cyber’ we give you…   C is for… Cat5 Cloud Cryptocurrency Cryptography Cyber Read the full descriptions here Missed A and B? Fear not! They are on our website. Bedroom hackers bigger threat than Russia, regulator says "Government departments should be more worried about teenage bedroom hackers than state-sponsored cyber terrorists, the Information Commissioner has warned. In a speech to the heads of the civil service and other public bodies, Elizabeth Denham said that most breaches are preventable and bosses should consider the reputational damage as well as financial losses. "We make a mistake if we throw up our hands and worry about state sponsored attacks – we… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

7th Feb 2018
Select Maritime News Bangladesh: Armed robbers steal from vessel, threaten crew at Kutubdia Anchorage 30 January Five robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier anchored at Kutubdia Anchorage before threatening a member of the duty crew. Crew sighted the robbers and raised the alarm, prompting the assailants to flee with ship's stores. The Bangladesh Coast Guard boarded the ship for investigation before successfully returning the stolen goods to the ship. Colombia: Coast guard seizes cocaine, detains smugglers on vessel off Cartagena 29 January Members of the navy and coast guard arrested ten drug smugglers and seized 185 kg of cocaine aboard the German-flagged containership Rotterdam Express, 12 nautical miles off the coast of Cartagena. The vessel, which is operated by German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd, continued… Read More

Political Instability in the Maldives

6th Feb 2018
On 5th February 2018, the Maldives government declared a state of emergency. Security forces have been deployed in the capital Malé in response to political developments. Maldives is amid a political crisis after the Supreme Court recently ruled that the trial of exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed was unconstitutional and ordered the release of nine lawmakers, a demand that Yameens government has refused to comply with. Political protests and demonstrations often take place in Malé. Some have led to violence and arrests. There are no reports that outlying islands, resorts or Malé International Airport are affected at present. Persons visiting the island of Male should take appropriate security precautions, comply with local security requirements and avoid crowded areas, protests and rallies. Read More

Safe in the knowledge, Superyacht News Interview with Halcyon MD James Hilton

5th Feb 2018
Protection Vessels International (PVI), a subsidiary of Protection Group International (PGI), has launched Halcyon Security Concierge, a full-service security and concierge division catered to the superyacht market. Halcyon covers physical security, cyber security, information support and concierge services. SuperyachtNews speaks to James Hilton, managing director of Halcyon Superyacht Security, about the realities of the superyacht security market and Halcyon’s USP. “I think that, especially on the cyber side, there are a lot of people and companies who are, quite rightly, seeing superyacht security as an opportunity,” starts Hilton. “However, these businesses don’t necessarily have the depth or breadth of knowledge to deliver the service they sell – that is not to say there aren’t a number of quality security service providers out… Read More

The General Data Protection Regulation Act

2nd Feb 2018
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), widely regarded as the biggest shake up of data protection law in 20 years, comes into force on 25 May 2018. It will affect every business located in the EU or trading with EU businesses which collects, stores or uses personal information. There are therefore very few (if any) businesses in the UK for whom the GDPR will have no effect. This would of course extend to yachts employing EU crew members.  The new Regulation enhances individuals’ data protection rights and introduces a greater obligation for businesses to be transparent in how they use personal data. Businesses will be required to have appropriate policies and procedures in place to ensure that personal data is collected and… Read More