Week 50 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents

17 Dec 17: Ship Boarded at South of Lagos. A vessel was boarded by two men whilst conducting a shipto-ship transfer 3nm south of Lagos. The men escaped in a wooden boat when the alarm was raised. No thefts or injuries were reported. 14 Dec 17: 10 Crew Members Kidnapped from Underway Vessel. Six pirates attacked and boarded an underway bulk carrier around 32nm south of Brass, Nigeria. Ten crew members were reported missing. Remaining crew guided the vessel to a safe port. 14 Dec 17: Cargo Vessel Reported Attempted Boarding. A cargo vessel around 19nm south of Brass, Nigeria reported that four to five pirates approached in a small wooden boat an attempted to board the vessel. The master of vessel was able to take measures to evade the pirates.

Indian Ocean – Maritime Security Incidents

12 Dec 17 – Saudi-Led Forces Began New Hodeidah Assault – The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s civil war announced a new offensive against Yemen’s main port of Hodeidah. This followed the defection of those loyal to the deceased former president Ali Abdullah Saleh to the Saudi-led alliance. 14 Dec 17: Suspicious Approach reported in Gulf of Aden. A suspicious approach was reported by a vessel transiting the Gulf of Aden, approximately 60nm South East of Mukallah. Three skiffs, carrying three to four persons each, approached the vessel. The vessel was reported safe.

South East Asia – Maritime Security Incidents

07 Dec 17: Armed Thieves Boarded Vessel at Galang Anchorage. Four thieves armed with knives boarded a vessel at Galang Anchorage, Indonesia. The alarm was raised and the thieves escaped. No items were reported stolen. 07 Dec 17: Armed Thieves Stole from Vessel at Galang Anchorage. Thieves boarded a vessel at anchorage in Galang. They escaped once the vessel’s alarm was raised. Ships stores were reported stolen. 08 Dec 17: Container Ship Boarded in Manila. An anchored container vessel was boarded at Manila South Harbour. Robbers escaped with ship’s property. 13 Dec 17: Thieves Stole from Tanker in Singapore Straits. Four robbers armed with knives boarded a tanker underway in the Singapore Straits. They assaulted the duty oiler before escaping with stolen engine parts.
Click link to Download PDF: Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot – Week 50 A roundup of maritime security incidents – an easy to read format collating suspicious approaches, vessel attacks, boardings, hijacks and media reports. The week 50 Maritime Security Snapshot was compiled by Solace Global’s in-house intelligence team.