Week 32 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents

3 Aug 17 – Niger Delta Forum Retract Ultimatum. After the government agreed to some concessions, including legalising makeshift refineries, the group retracted their threat of resuming targeting oil pipelines. 7 Aug 17 – Robbery Attempt on Berthed Tanker in Lagos Port. The duty officer noticed two robbers trying to insert a hose into the cargo tank. The alarm was raised and robbers escaped with the hose. Nothing was reported stolen and port control was informed. 8 Aug 17 – Militant Group Set 1 October Deadline to Declare a Niger Delta Republic. The group known as the Niger Delta Volunteers have claimed they have made agreements with other restive groups to declare the Niger Delta a sovereign republic. They have also stated they are not part of Biafra and have warned Biafran indigenous people to stay away from Akwa Ibom. International oil companies have been threatened to move their headquarters to the Niger Delta or attacks on oil and gas infrastructure will resume.

Indian Ocean – Maritime Security Incidents

3 Aug 17 – Turkey Open Largest Military Camp in Mogadishu. The camp is due to be opened in September 2017 and is Turkey’s largest overseas 9 Aug 17: UKMTO Clarifies Transiting the Bab El Mandeb Strait in Dark Hours. Due to the varying natures of current threats in the High Risk Area, transiting the strait during daylight or darkness will heighten different risks. Vessels should continue to implement BMP4 measures to the fullest extent possible, including the use of armed security, as well as conduct a detailed risk assessment of each transit.

South East Asia – Maritime Security Incidents

No significant approaches, vessel attacks or boardings were reported this week. 5 Aug 17 – China Seals off Parts of Yellow Sea to Conduct Naval Drills. The area was closed from 5-8 Aug from Qingdao, Shandong to Lianyungang, Jiangsu. The drills have been held at a time where tensions are high in response to North Korea’s missile testing. 7 Aug 17 – 16 Somali Pirates Sentenced to Seven Years in Jail in India. The convicted will be deported to Somalia once their sentence has been served. 9 Aug 17 – North Korea Threatens to Target Guam. The reported plan is to fire four missiles over Japan into the sea off Guam. The threat was made in response to escalating rhetoric between President Trump and North Korea.
Click the following link to download this information as a PDF: Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot – Week 32 A roundup of maritime security incidents – an easy to read format collating suspicious approaches, vessel attacks, boardings, hijacks and media reports. Week 32 Maritime Security Report complied by Solace Global’s in-house intelligence team.