Monthly Archives: August 2018

Incident Report - US Navy Seizes....

31st Aug 2018
US Navy Seizes hundreds of small arms in Gulf of Aden   The USS Jason Dunham seized hundreds of small arms from an unflagged vessel in the Gulf of Aden late in the evening of 28th August, according to a Pentagon official. The vessel was described as a dhow. The dhow’s crew allowed the USS Navy crew to board upon its request to do so. The weapons, which may exceed 1000 in number, including Kalashnikov-type rifles. The crew of the vessel were detained on the USS Jason Dunam for questioning. The source and destination of the vessel were not immediately clear, though the US has previously seized vessels in the area connected to Iranian support for Houthi rebels. The US is analysing the evidence on board the… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

29th Aug 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: Coalition foils Houthi speedboat attack in Red Sea 23 August The Saudi-led coalition announced it had thwarted a planned Houthi attack involving the use of explosives-laden speedboats against commercial vessels. The target and further details of the attack were not disclosed but the speedboat was reportedly launched from the Houthi-controlled Red Sea port… Read More

Cyber Risk Management? Yachting Matters Magazine, an article by Halcyon's Murray Bishop

24th Aug 2018
How should the superyacht industry plan and react? The 21st Century has pushed the maritime world, just like all other industries, further and further online. Safety management systems are now online; internal and external communication is now 24/7 via smart technology; the sextant has been replaced by GPS and online charts. We continue to benefit from rapidly improving and innovative technology. Yet the cyber security industry; often opaquely and with varying levels of drama and hyperbole appears to be warning of huge 'cyber' risks against maritime assets, as they try to sell their services and products. But what should Cyber Risk Management genuinely look like in the wider maritime industry, but specifically in the superyacht industry? To read the complete online version  click here    Read More

Incident Report - Hurricane Lane looks to make landfall in Hawaii...

22nd Aug 2018
Hurricane Lane looks to make landfall in Hawaii between Thursday and Saturday this week   Hurricane Lane has become a Category 4 storm, as it draws closer to the Hawaiian Islands, the Central Pacific Hurricane Centre says. This is just two weeks after Hurricane Hector passed the islands.   Hurricanes rarely make landfall in Hawaii, as the Central Pacific does not see as many storms as the Atlantic or Eastern Pacific, and the Hawaiian Islands present a small target in the vast Pacific Ocean.   At this time, AccuWeather meteorologists are still expecting Lane to track 90 to 100 miles west of the Big Island during Thursday evening, Hawaii Standard Time (HST).   Lane is forecast to get as close as 80 miles southwest of O'ahu Friday afternoon.   People on… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

21st Aug 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     Gabon: Tbilisi confirms 17 sailors missing after contact with tanker lost off Libreville 19 August The Georgian government confirmed that an investigation is underway after 17 Georgian sailors went missing off the coast of Gabon since 14 August when all contact with their ship was lost as it was sailing off Libreville. The Panama-flagged… Read More

Incident Report - Yacht Arrested for alleged Drug Smuggling off Ibiza.....

21st Aug 2018
Yacht HCH-X, a Gibraltar Registered, 31 meter LOA expedition motor yacht built by Halter Marine, was intercepted by Spanish Customs patrol boat early in the morning of 19th August, 15 Nautical Miles west of Ibiza, Balearic Islands, on a suspicion of drugs trafficking. Approximately 300 KG of cocaine with a value of Euro 18 Million were found on board, divided into two parts 150 KG each, and hidden inside the yacht’s interior and Captain’s cabin. 5 Yacht Crew were arrested, 4 of them are Dutch and one of German Nationality. The yacht was taken to Palma de Mallorca. The five suspects, the boat and the cocaine have been placed in the hands of a court in Palma. The yacht was tracked at the weekend… Read More

Incident Report - The US Geological....

20th Aug 2018
The US Geological Survey reported a magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit near Fiji and Tonga on Sunday, August 19, just after midnight UTC (1am BST), around 270 KM east of Levuka. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) advised that, while small tsunami waves were observed, there is no need to worry too much and a warning isn’t in place. Luckily, the mammoth quake occurred about 350 miles beneath the ocean, and while it was still felt at the surface, it’s not expected to cause much damage or pose a risk to life. The USGS calls these “deep focus” earthquakes, and while some of the biggest earthquakes to strike the earth are deep focus, their depth usually minimises damage. The biggest deep focus earthquake ever recorded… Read More

Incident Report - On the 16th....

17th Aug 2018
On the 16th August at 1819 UTC, Italy was struck by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake in the central region of Molise, a popular holiday hot spot on the eastern Italian coast, sparking fears from residents over a volcano in the southern city of Naples where the shock was also felt. The quake's epicenter was in the eastern-coastal Italian city Montecilfone. The tremor could be felt as far away as Rome and Naples, according to data from the United States Geological Survey. The shock sparked fears over active volcano Vesuvius in the city of Naples. Francesca Bianco, director of the Vesuvius Observatory, told press agency Ansa she has received floods of phone calls from worried residents. Mount Vesuvius is located on the Gulf of Naples, about… Read More

Incident Report - Attempted Boarding Off Brazil

16th Aug 2018
Oceanus Live Update states: Date Time: 12/08/2018 06:22:00 UTC Area: South America Status: PIRATE_ATTACK Lat: 24°5'90 S Lon: 46°17'40 W Detail: [Boarding/Robbery Attempt] Around four robbers boarded an anchored Italy-flagged Ro-Ro cargo ship using a rope attached to a hook and started opening the containers on deck at 0622 UTC in position 24:05.90S - 046:17.40W, Santos Anchorage, Brazil. Duty crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm and notified the authorities. Hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped without stealing anything. After berthing, the local police and customs boarded for investigation. Reported (IMB) 12 Aug. Source: UNID: 5494 Action: NEW Reported By: OL BRAVO     For more information regarding our industry leading services click here. Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

14th Aug 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     India: Robbers steal rope from ship off West Bengal 10 August Duty crew sighted 10-12 robbers stealing rope from a Liberia-flagged general cargo ship off Sagar, West Bengal at 0225 hrs local time and raised the alarm. The robbers immediately fled the ship and the Indian Coast Guard deployed a ship to investigate the… Read More