Week 39 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents

18 Sep 17: Pirate Attack on Tug and Barge in Rivers State. The vessels had embarked security with a combined team of policemen and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp. The tug and barge were attacked by five gunmen in position 4°26’0N, 6°40’0E at 1845UTC, on San Barolomeo River, Ekebiri. Three persons were shot and one policeman was reported missing. Local news and police have stated three people were killed. 26 Sep 17: Tanker Attacked and be separated by a 0.5nm buffer zone. Boarded by Pirates in Brass, Nigeria. The Panama-flagged vessel was boarded by armed pirates in position 03°48’73N, 6°35’96E. Three crew members were reportedly abducted from the vessel.

Indian Ocean – Maritime Security Incidents

28 Sep 17: Vessel Boarded in Dar Es Salaam Anchorage, Tanzania. Five armed robbers boarded the vessel in position 6°46’66S, 39°21’40E at 2300UTC. The crew were tied up. The robbers stole a VHF radio, and cargo items before escaping. 26 Sep 17: Five Skiffs Sighted in Gulf of Aden. The skiff was sighted in approximate position 12°8’0N, 44°15’0E; between the Bab El Mandeb and Point A of the IRTC. Each skiff was reported to carry persons on board. One skiff approached the vessel within one cable. Embarked armed security team showed weapons and the skiff changed direction. 28 Sep 17: Tanker Attacked Off the Coast of Nishtun, Yemen. The tanker was attacked by 1 small boat carrying 5-6 armed persons in position 15°53’0N, 52°20’0E at 1236UTC. Shots were reported to be fired. The vessel proceeded to its next port.

South East Asia – Maritime Security Incidents

22 Sep 17: The Philippines Launches a Recommended Transit Corridor (RTC). All vessels transiting Moro Gulf and Basilan Strait should follow the RTC. It is not a traffic separation scheme. The Philippines Coast Guard and other maritime forces will be better able to monitor vessels using this corridor, as well as deploy quicker. The corridor includes an inbound and outbound transit lane that is 1nm wide, and will be separated by a 0.5nm buffer zone
Click link to Download PDF:Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot – Week 39 A roundup of maritime security incidents – an easy to read format collating suspicious approaches, vessel attacks, boardings, hijacks and media reports. Week 39 Maritime Security Snapshot is compiled by Solace Global’s in-house intelligence team.