Week 37 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents

7 Sep 17: Militants Threaten Sterling Global Oil Operations Over Pollution and Regional Neglect Allegations. The threat was made from Port Harcourt, Nigeria by ex-militant leaders. The firm is believed to not have complied with environmental standards.

8 Sep 17: Militants Withdraw Quit Notice. The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators withdrew their threat to northerners and Yoruba working in the Niger Delta, after an agreement was reached with stakeholders in the region

8 Sep 17: Pirate Attack in Conakry Anchorage, Guinea. Seven robbers boarded the vessel armed with knives and crowbars. The incident occurred in position 9°21’96N, 13°44’48W at 0316UTC. The robbers attempted to kidnap the master; however, after 15mins they left the vessel with only some stolen ships properties. The crew were reported safe.

12 Sep 17: Protesters in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria Leave Coffins Outside Mobil’s Facilities. One coffin was left outside Mobil’s residential facilities in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, another at the airstrip, and another at Marina Junction in the city. Youths were protesting Mobil’s refusal to move its head office from Lagos to Akwa Ibom State.

Indian Ocean – Maritime Security Incidents

8 Sep 17: French and EUNAVFOR Warships Exercise at Sea Off the Coast of Somalia. The French FS Auvergne and ITS Virginio Fasan conducted counter-piracy exercises in an effort to enhance cooperation.

South East Asia – Maritime Security Incidents

7 Sep 17: Ten Pirates Arrested for MGT1 Tanker Hijack. The arrested pirates are Indonesian nationals. None of the 14 crew members, all of whom are Thai, were injured. The search for three accomplices who escaped in a small boat continues.

11 Sep 17: Theft from Anchored Vessel in Samarinda, Indonesia. Duty personnel aboard a bulk carrier noted opened hatches and mooring ropes missing whilst at anchor at 0°13’3 S, 117°33’5 E at 2030UTC.

15 Sep 17: North Korea Fires Second Ballistic Missile Over Japan. This missile flew higher and further than the previous launch. South Korea responded by firing two ballistic missiles into the sea in a simulated strike.

Click link to Download PDF: Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot – Week 37 A roundup of maritime security incidents – an easy to read format collating suspicious approaches, vessel attacks, boardings, hijacks and media reports. Week 37 Maritime Security Snapshot is compiled by Solace Global’s in-house intelligence team.