Monthly Archives: January 2019

Weekly Maritime Security Report

30th Jan 2019
Nigeria: Merchant vessel comes under attack 36 nm off Brass 24 January A skiff attacked a merchant vessel 35.9 nm off Brass at 2033 hrs local time. Further details of the incident were not disclosed, and it is unclear if the attack was successful. Nigeria: Pirates attack underway product tanker off the coast of Brass 24 January A group of five to eight armed pirates attacked an underway product tanker at 1935 hrs local time 35 nm south-southwest of Brass. The pirates opened fire on the tanker, who raised general alarm, mustered non-essential crew and conducted evasive manoeuvres. Hardening measures resulted in pirates abandoning pursuit. There were no reports of casualties from the attack. Nigeria: Gunmen fire on vessel south of Brass 25 January Gunmen on board a… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

22nd Jan 2019
  Indonesia: Robbers steal ship's spares at Ciwandan anchorage 11 January According to a late report, duty crew on board a cargo vessel anchored at Ciwandan anchorage noticed the lock to the engine store was broken and ship's spares were missing at 0500 hrs local time. PGI Analysis: Robbers often target vessels at anchor across Southeast Asia, particularly overnight and in the early hours of the morning to take advantage of low visibility. There is the potential for incidents to turn violent as robbers are often armed, although typically only use force when confronted by crew. Benin: Pirates contact shipping company over kidnapped Russian crew 16 January Unidentified pirates who abducted six Russian sailors off the coast of Cotonou on 2 January have contacted the Mediterranean Shipping… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

16th Jan 2019
China: Armed robbers board bulk carrier at Caofeidian anchorage 13 January Two robbers armed with a steel bar boarded an anchored bulk carrier at Caofeidian large oil tank anchorage at 0430 hrs local time. Duty crew sounded the alarm upon noticing the robbers, prompting them to flee before they stole anything. PGI Analysis: Robberies are sporadically reported at Caofeidian anchorage, although many incidents are likely to go unreported. Robbers often target vessels at anchorages overnight to take advantage of low visibility, underscoring the need for vigilance at all times when anchored in the region. Nigeria: Suspected robbers attempt to board product tanker at Lagos Anchorage 7 January Around four to five robbers came alongside a product tanker anchored in the Lagos Secure Anchorage Area (SAA) and… Read More

January Cyber Bytes - Your monthly cyber snapshot

15th Jan 2019
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. Welcome to the January edition of Cyber Bytes, your monthly cyber snapshot. This month, we look at what we learned in 2018 and what has already happened in 2019. The biggest cyber security lessons from 2018 Back in October, reports emerged that up to 50 million Facebook accounts had been compromised due to a weakness in the platform’s code. This wasn’t the first case of a social media platform suffering a data breach, and it likely won’t be the last, so what can we learn from this? PGI says... Make sure you change your password on Facebook (and… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

9th Jan 2019
Benin: Pirates kidnap six crew from vessel off Cotonou 2 January Pirates boarded an underway Panama-flagged container ship at 0101 hrs local time 55 nm south of Cotonou before kidnapping six crew members and fleeing the scene. The vessel, its cargo and remaining crew were reported safe. PGI Analysis: The news of the kidnappings comes after initial reports that the vessel came under attack in the area, and it remains unclear if ransom has been demanded. Russian media has said two Georgians, four Ukrainians and 20 Russians were on board at the time of the attack and all six abductees were Russian nationals. The ship is now in Nigerian waters. Beninese waters are vulnerable to pirate attacks due to their proximity to Nigeria,… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

3rd Jan 2019
Benin: Pirates attack merchant vessel 55 nm off Cotonou 2 January A merchant vessel reported that it came under attack at 0101 hrs local time 55 nm south of Cotonou. Further details of the incident were not immediately disclosed.   PGI Analysis: There is a significant threat of piracy in the waters off Benin. Its shared maritime and land borders with Nigeria - the main source of piracy in the region - heighten the likelihood that vessels could encounter criminals who have crossed into Beninese waters looking to kidnap seafarers.   Select Maritime News   Chile: Port workers threaten to resume strike action in Valparaiso 27 December Port workers said that they will resume strike action due to port management company TPS failing to comply with a previous agreement. On… Read More