Week 38 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents

15 Sep 17: Container Ship Boarded by Armed Robbers Near Conakry, Guinea. Seven robbers armed with guns, knives, and crowbars, boarded the Denmark flagged vessel in approximate position 9°24’35N, 13°44’56W at 0206UTC. Three crew members were assaulted, some vessel damage caused and ships properties stolen. The robbers escaped the vessel. 18 Sep 17: Tug and Barge Attacked in Rivers State, Nigeria. The vessels were on route from Idamara to Robertkiri when it was attacked by five gunmen in approximate position 4°26’0N, 6°40’0E on the San Bartolomeo, Rivers State. One person was shot and another three abducted, including the captain and chief engineer. 18 Sep 17: Attack on Vessel and Kidnap of Crew Near Parrot Island, Calabar, Nigeria. Four speedboats are reported to have attacked the vessel, with five crew members abducted. The incident occurred in approximate position 4°47’0N, 8°18’0E at 2107UTC.

Indian Ocean – Maritime Security Incidents

14 Sep 17: Yemen Houthi Leader Claims Group Could Target Saudi Oil Tankers. The warning came in response to the threat posed by Saudi forces of attacking the port city of Al Hodeidah, currently held by Houthi fighters. 22 Sep 17: Suspicious Vessel Sighted in Gulf of Aden. The skiff was sighted in approximate position 12°37N, 47°28E at 0721UTC, carrying three armed persons on board.

Lybia – Maritime Security Incidents

18 Sep 17: EU Trains 87 Libyan Coastguards. EUNAVFOR’s Operation Sofia aims to increase security in Libyan territorial waters. The training will last till November. Operation Sofia is tasked with disrupting illegal trafficking networks in the Mediterranean, and has been extended to 31 December 2018.

South East Asia – Maritime Security Incidents

19 Sep 17: Robbers Board Anchored Bulk Carrier in Vietnam. Robbers boarded the vessel at Cam Pha Inner Anchorage in approximate position 20°54’3N, 107°16’3E during vessel operations. Duty crew noticed the broken padlock to the paint store and raised the alarm. Some items were reported stolen. 15 Sep 17: Two Collisions in a Month Highlight Congestion Concerns in Singapore Straits. Twelve sailors have died, with another three missing in two separate collisions. A new port at Tuas is anticipated to handle more ships but will only open in 2021.
Click link to Download PDF: Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot – Week 38 A roundup of maritime security incidents – an easy to read format collating suspicious approaches, vessel attacks, boardings, hijacks and media reports. Week 38 Maritime Security Snapshot is compiled by Solace Global’s in-house intelligence team.