Week 40 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents

2 Oct 17: MDAT-GoG Release Quarterly Report. From July to September, there have been 18 events reported by MDAT-GoG. Of which, there was one reported hijack, four vessel attacks, and one vessel boarded. In addition, two suspicious approaches and another two sightings were reported. 2 Oct 17: Vessel Attack Near Bonny Island, Nigeria. An MV reported being attacked in position 4°17’36N, 7°4’0E at 1815UTC. The embarked armed security team fired shots at the speedboat. The speedboat escaped. 2 Oct 17: Nigerian Army to Conduct Training Exercises in Niger Delta. Exercises will be carried out in the restive region from 7-28 October, within the states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers State. Last years deployment led to local unrest with locals who accused the military of intimidation tactics in order to capture militants. 4 Oct 17: Niger Delta Militants Condemn Army Exercises. Militants claim the exercises are unnecessary and the government should focus on economic development.

Indian Ocean – Maritime Security Incidents

4 Oct 17: Islamic State Claim Responsibility for Attack in Bosaso, Somalia. This is the third attack claimed by IS in Bosaso this year. In February, two gunmen attacked the International Village hotel, in which four soldiers and the two attackers were killed. In May, a suicide bomber detonated at a police checkpoint near the Juba hotel, killing five people and injuring 17 others. 6 Oct 17: Suspicious Skiffs Reported in Gulf of Aden. Two white-hulled skiffs were sighted in position 13°13N, 50°30E at 0700UTC. Ladders were sighted. The MV was approached up to 1.2nm after which the skiffs moved away.

South East Asia – Maritime Security Incidents

1 Oct 17: Security Tightened on Balut Island. Eastern Mindanao Command strengthened and improved their security border in Balut Island, Sarangani, Davao. The effort has been made to prevent terror groups from entering its jurisdiction and improve regional maritime security. 3 Oct 17: Robbers Board an Anchored Container Ship in Manila Anchorage, Philippines. Six to eight robbers boarded the vessel in position 14°33’40N, 120°54’60E at 1650UTC. Duty crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. The duty crew raised the alarm and the robbers escaped with stolen ships properties. 5 Oct 17: Twelve Killed After Tanker Collided with a Fishing Boat. The collision occurred 215nm north of the Oki islands in western Japan. Nearby fishing vessels rescued four Chinese crewmen.
Click link to Download PDF: Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot – Week 40 A roundup of maritime security incidents – an easy to read format collating suspicious approaches, vessel attacks, boardings, hijacks and media reports. Week 40 Maritime Security Snapshot is compiled by Solace Global’s in-house intelligence team.