23/01/20

Planning a trip? Superyacht Security and Negotiating the Suez Canal and HRA

For those of you looking to get out on the water we have put together an information piece on negotiating the Suez Canal and Indian Ocean from a Superyacht Security perspective.. Choosing a route across an ocean can be highly personal. Cruising seems to be so much about preparation that it can be easy to miss the adventure of simply setting sail and seeing where life takes you. Here at Halcyon we are happy to help you with your planning and will endeavor to answer any of your questions however big or small. You can contact us here, on the Superyacht Captains Forum, via our website or email us at the Halcyon office contact. To read the report click here  

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23/01/20

Weekly Maritime Security Report

Somalia: President Erdogan says Mogadishu invited Ankara to explore oil in its seas 20 January Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that Somalia invited Turkey to explore for oil in its seas after Ankara signed a maritime agreement with Libya in 2019. Erdogan said Turkey would take steps in line with the Somali invitation but did not elaborate further. Turkey has been a major source of aid to Somalia following a famine in 2011, but the statement comes two days after a suicide car bombing targeted Turkish contractors near Mogadishu. Malaysia: Armed attackers kidnap 5 from fishing vessel off Sabah 16 January An underway Malaysia-flagged fishing vessel was attacked by six armed persons wearing dark clothing and masks in a grey-coloured speed boat at 2000 hrs…

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15/01/20

Weekly Maritime Security Report

    UK/Straits of Hormuz: British Royal Navy increase escort capability for British shipping in Straits of Hormuz 10 January The British Royal Navy will increase the complement of Royal Navy vessels to escort British-flagged commercial ships sailing through the Strait of Hormuz amid escalating tensions in the region. The Royal Navy previously escorted British ships in the area between July and November 2019, after the seizure of a British vessel by Iran. The decision comes following the increase in tensions between Iran and the US (and her allies).   Analysis: Following the response by Iran to the US airstrike killing a senior Iranian General, tensions in the Straits of Hormuz will increase significantly with the risk of sympathetic, proxy or possibly Iranian attacks and seizures of…

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07/01/20

Weekly Maritime Security Report

          UK/Straits of Hormuz: British Royal Navy to escort British shipping in Straits of Hormuz 05 January The British Royal Navy will escort British-flagged commercial ships sailing through the Strait of Hormuz amid escalating tensions in the region. The Royal Navy previously escorted British ships in the area between July and November 2019, after the seizure of a British vessel by Iran. The decision comes after a US air strike killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, prompting fears of a major escalation in the region.   Analysis: A response to the US air strike has been committed to by Iran and is widely expected. What form it may take is unknown but tensions in the Straits of Hormuz will increase significantly with the risk of…

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20/12/19

Weekly Maritime Security Report

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…

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11/12/19

Weekly Maritime Security Report

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…

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