Uncategorised

Weekly Maritime Security Report

20th Dec 2019
Yemen: Houthi shelling hits farms in coastal Hodeidah 14 December Houthi rebels launched a shelling attack which hit a farm in the Tuhyata district of Hodeidah. The shelling caused extensive damage to the farm, though no civilian casualties have yet been reported. In October, the UN deployed cease-fire observers in Hodeidah and established five observation points near the military contact lines between the warring sides.   Analysis: Whilst this incident shows no increase in the risk to shipping in the area, it shows the delicate nature of the conflict in coastal regions where hostilities have, in the past, spilled into the littoral.   Greece: Pirates released 3 crew members of seized tanker 14 December Pirates released three crew members of a Greek-flagged tanker who were kidnapped off the coast… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

11th Dec 2019
Yemen: Houthis claim to shoot down Saudi drone near southern border 04 December Houthi rebels claimed to have shot down two Saudi drones near the Yemen-Saudi border. The two drones were reportedly downed in the Saudi Arabian regions of Jizan and Asir. Saudi officials did not immediately comment on the claim and it remains unclear how the drones were shot down. The incident comes amid ongoing efforts to reach a negotiated solution to the conflict in Yemen in Oman-based talks.   Analysis: Houthi rebels continue to mount attacks in their efforts against Saudi and Saudi-aligned forces. The potential for both sides' armed actions to affect maritime operations in the area remains high.   Egypt: Security forces battle militants in Sinai, kill 3 fighters 05 December The Interior Ministry… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

4th Dec 2019
Mauritius: Authorities arrest 3 British nationals for drug smuggling 27 November Authorities arrested three British nationals at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam airport for allegedly smuggling more than 3.3 kg of heroin. The heroin was reportedly hidden in their stomachs, and the three suspects were taken to a hospital where the drugs were flushed out. No further details were immediately available.   Analysis: Whilst this incident shows no increase in the risk to shipping in the area, it suggests that vigilance on the part of law enforcement authorities which is a positive indicator.   Yemen: Authorities repel Houthi attack in Hodeidah 29 November Authorities repelled an armed attack from Houthi rebels in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Xinhua reported citing an anonymous military official. The official said that… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

27th Nov 2019
Southern Red Sea: Assailants fire at survey vessel in Bab el Mandeb 19 November According to initial reports, unidentified assailants fired on a survey vessel from the shore at 1845 hrs local time during an operation off Mayyun Island in the Bab al Mandeb Strait. There was no confirmation of who was responsible for the attack, or whether the vessel suffered any damage as a result of the gunfire.   Analysis: Houthi rebels and other armed groups pose a risk to vessels near the coast of Yemen. On 17 November, two Houthi skiffs seized three vessels, including a Saudi-flagged tug and a drilling rig, after they entered Yemeni waters.   Yemen: Update: Houthis release three vessels and crew 19 November Houthi rebels released two South Korean vessels, one… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

20th Nov 2019
Southern Red Sea: Vessel seized 18 November Officials with the Saudi-led military coalition said Houthi rebels seized a vessel towing a South Korean drilling rig in the Red Sea. It remains unclear how many crew members were on board the ship, or what country the vessel is registered to. A Houthi spokesman said that an investigation is underway to determine the ship's flag state, adding that the vessel would be released if it belongs to South Korea. Similar incidents are possible in the Red Sea over the coming days and weeks.   Analysis: Awaiting further information and vessels are advised to exercise extreme caution if transiting the area. Similar incidents are possible in the Red Sea over the coming days and weeks. Nigeria: Pirates… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

14th Nov 2019
Indonesia: Likely robber targets tanker at Belawan 07 November An unidentified person attempted to board a Singapore-flagged product tanker at Belawan port Indonesia. The individual was using a grabbling hook to board the vessel but fled after he was spotted by crew during security rounds.   PGI Analysis: Criminals regularly target anchored vessels at Belawan. Three similar incidents have been reported earlier in 2019, including a violent robbery in August. Some incidents are likely to go unreported.   Sao Tome and Principe: Suspected pirates attack tanker 54 nm offshore Pirates reportedly attacked a tanker off Sao Tome and Principe in the Gulf of Guinea at 0028 hrs local time. Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise caution. Details about the assailants or crew were not immediately… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

7th Nov 2019
Benin: Pirates kidnap nine crew members near Cotonou 02 November Pirates kidnapped nine crew members from a Norwegian-flagged cargo ship around 14 km off Cotonou. The assailants boarded the vessel while it was at anchorage. The vessel managed to notify the authorities and has reached the port of Cotonou.   Togo: Pirates kidnap four crew members off Lome 04 November Unidentified gunmen attacked a Greek-owned oil tanker 18 km off the port of Lome at 0300 hrs local time and kidnapped four crew members. The assailants shot and wounded one security guard on board the vessel. Two of the abducted crew members are Filipinos, one is Greek, and one is Georgian.   PGI Analysis: Beninese and Togolese waters are vulnerable to pirate attacks due to their proximity to… Read More

This week's Maritime Security Report

31st Oct 2019
Indonesia: Pirates board Greek vessel off Singapore Strait 18 October Five unidentified perpetrators boarded a bulk carrier sailing under a Greek flag, four miles northeast of Pulau Cula, Indonesia. After the alarm was raised the assailants escaped without any robbery or confrontation taking place. The captain informed the authorities of the incident in Singapore and the ship continued to its next port of call.   PGI Analysis: The Singapore strait has a history of high levels of piracy and criminals typically board underway vessels. Robberies are periodically reported in the waters and assailants have been known to use force to extract their demands. In some cases, crew have been injured during robberies. Coordinated patrols by Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore along with increased security… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

24th Oct 2019
Peru: Robbers board tanker at Callao anchorage 12 October Three robbers boarded a tanker at Callao anchorage at about 0230 hrs local time. Watchmen on duty spotted the robbers at the vessel's forecastle deck and raised the alarm. Upon hearing the alarm, the crew proceeded to muster while the robbers escaped on a small boat without stealing anything. Crew was reported safe.   PGI Analysis: Robberies are periodically reported at Callao port and anchorage. Most robberies are opportunistic, though robbers are sometimes armed and can use force to extract their demands. Robbers tend to act overnight to take advantage of low visibility and poor security at Callao. Singapore: Armed robbers steal from bulk carrier in Singapore Straits 20 October Five robbers armed with a gun and knives… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

16th Oct 2019
India: Robbers board vessel off Gopnath Point 03 October The Tanzanian-flagged Offshore Supply Vessel, ASD Jaguar was robbed during the afternoon hours of 3 October, while being towed off the coast of India. The incident occurred at approximately 1630 hrs local time, some 3 nm west of Gopnath Point. The vessel had been towed by the tug, Bateleur, and was bound for Bhavnagar for demolition. The Master of the tug noticed three individuals boarding the ASD Jaguar and making off with ship stores before escaping. The Master then proceeded to report the incident to VTS Khambat, who in turn reported it to the Indian Coast Guard.   PGI Analysis: Robberies are frequently reported at Indian ports and in nearby waters. However, incidents at Gopnath… Read More