Monthly Archives: November 2018

Weekly Maritime Security Report

27th Nov 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   Cameroon: Assailants board, hijack trawlers off west coast 23 November Attackers boarded and briefly hijacked four trawlers 8 nm off western Cameroon. The trawlers have since been released and a patrol has been dispatched to investigate the incident, although further details have not been disclosed. PGI Analysis: The motive behind the attack and the circumstances… Read More

November Cyber Bytes - Your Monthly cyber snap shot from Protection Group International.....

22nd Nov 2018
  We hope you have been enjoying our monthly Cyber Bytes series. Keep an eye on our social media channels for ongoing news from the world of information security and PGI. What would we do without the internet while we’re abroad? Whether it’s looking up directions to the next meeting or trying to find the best place to stop for lunch, we’re always connected. Business travellers can be up against some unique cyber threats, as our devices—smartphones, laptops and tablets—are often the gateways to sensitive business information. The most common risks  With this in mind, PGI’s Cyber team have put together a list of the key cyber security risks you should be mindful of while travelling: Unsecured Wi-Fi networks Prone to being attacked by hackers who can gain… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

20th Nov 2018
  Nigeria: Individual boards vessel off Lagos 14 November A suspected robber boarded a merchant vessel at 0230 hrs local time off Lagos. The individual jumped overboard after crew spotted him on the main deck. Nothing was reported stolen and all crew were confirmed safe. PVI Analysis: Nigerian waters remain high risk for criminality. Crew and vessels are vulnerable to opportunist thieves at anchorage and more sophisticated kidnap for ransom attacks, which typically occur 10 - 150 nautical miles off Nigeria's coastline. Select Maritime News Brazil: Authorities seize drugs near Santos port 12 November Authorities seized an undisclosed amount of cocaine in a wooded area near Santos port. The drugs were found after authorities spotted a port worker trying to smuggle cocaine inside Santos port grounds. The port… Read More

Incident Report - Attempted Pirate Attack...

15th Nov 2018
Date Time: 02/11/2018 09:40:00 UTC Area: Horn of Africa Status: PIRATE_ATTACK Lat: 13°27’75 N Lon: 50°12’24 E Detail: LATE Report| While sailing, the duty officer on board Singapore-flagged tanker noticed a suspicious mother boat with unknown number of people on board and two skiffs with two men on board each skiff at 0940 UTC in position 13:27.75N - 050:12.24E, IRTC, Gulf of Aden. Duty officer informed the master who activated security measures by activating the deck water spray, broadcasted the security situation through VHF Ch 16 and stationed three guards at the bridge. He commenced the lock down procedure and informed company’s CSO, operator and UKMTO of the situation. Following tanker manoeuvres and increased speed, the mother boat and its two skiffs stopped chasing the… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report 14 November

14th Nov 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     Indonesia: Robbers board underway bulk carrier off the coast of Pulau Merapas 5 November Five knife-wielding robbers boarded an underway bulk carrier at 0530 hrs local time around 11 nautical miles east of Pulau Merapas. The robbers stole personal items and money from the master, who they threatened but left unharmed. The robbers successfully… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

6th Nov 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     Mozambique: Armed robbers attempt to board tanker off Nacala 29 October Armed robbers attempted to board a tanker at Nacala Outer Anchorage at 2030 hrs local time. The crew raised the alarm after noticing a boat tied up to the anchor chain and a robber trying to board the tanker via the chain. The… Read More

Incident report - ASG plot to hijack a boat

2nd Nov 2018
Date Time: 30/10/2018 08:00:00 UTC Area: Asia Status: GENERAL Lat: 4°40’50 N Lon: 119°1’53 E Detail: WARNING: ReCAAP ISC has received information from the Philippine Focal Point (Philippine Coast Guard) that a group of approx 10 ASG (Abu Sayyaf Group) members armed with pistol, rifles and grenade launcher is planning to conduct kidnapping activities at any opportune time in undisclosed areas in Sabah primarily targeting businessmen or ship's crew of foreign vessels passing through the area. They are using unmarked coloured blue and white motorbanca locally known as jungkong.  Ship masters and crew are strongly urged to exercise extra vigilance when transiting the waters off Eastern Sabah and Sulu-Celebes Seas (Lat/Long for map orientation only). UNID: NN Action: NEW Reported By: OL CHARLIE       For more information about our exclusive industry… Read More

Rise in Piracy, Rise in Crisis Care for Seafarers.

1st Nov 2018
Sailors’ Society’s Crisis Response Network (CRN) provided support to its 100th case this week, with piracy, death at sea and abandonment accounting for almost two-thirds of those supported. More than a quarter of seafarers seeking crisis response are affected by piracy, says the charity. The high level of piracy cases reflects the rise in piracy reported by the International Maritime Bureau for the first six months of this year, which saw 107 actual or attempted attacks, up from 87 in the same period of last year, with Nigeria and Indonesia the main piracy hotspots. Just this week, 11 seafarers were seized by pirates off the coast of Nigeria. The charity has reached out to the shipping company to offer support. Click Here for… Read More