Week 23 – Maritime Security Weekly Snapshot

Indian Ocean HRA – Maritime Security Incidents

13 June 18: Assault on Al Hudaydah. Yemeni government forces have begun offensive operations aimed at seizing the port of Al Hudaydah from the Houthi, following the expiry of a ceasefire. An increase in military activity in the vicinity is highly likely. The Houthi may seek to attack Saudi vessels in response. June 18: Piracy Threat During Monsoon Season. The International Maritime Bureau released a statement indicating that the impeding monsoon season may drive pirate attacks in the more sheltered waters of the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea. Storm conditions are likely to force IUU fishermen from elsewhere into this region, and the increase in competition may lead to an increase in ad-hoc piracy.

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security Incidents

03 June 18: Theft at Anchor, Lagos. Two robbers boarded a bulk carrier anchored at 06°16’N, 003°21’E. Crew members and armed security spotted the robbers and fired a warning shot. Robbers fled with ship’s stores. 12 June 18: Naval Operations in Delta. The Nigerian naval officer in command of forces in the Delta region reported that amphibious operations efforts to clear out illegal oil refineries in the region would push ahead. Operations in the preceding month have been deemed successful, despite widespread reports of pollution from destroyed facilities.

South East Asia – Maritime Security Incidents

08 June 18: India Called for Enhanced Intelligence Sharing. The Indian Prime Minister called for enhanced intelligence sharing in order to better combat threats to maritime security in Asia. He was addressing the East Asia Summit. 12 June 18: ReCAAP 2018 Conference. The ReCAAP 2018 Piracy and Sea Robbery Conference was held in Hong Kong, focused on developing proactive and intelligence-led anti-piracy operations. Efforts were also made to encourage engagement from Chinese ship owners. 31 May 18: -Late Report- Robbery at Anchor, Mersing, Malaysia. Two crew members were wounded when up to 14 men boarded a tanker at 02°25’N, 104°25’E. The   robbers escaped with ship stores, but were later apprehended by the Malaysian Navy
Click link to Download PDF: Solace Global Maritime Security Snapshot – Week 23 A roundup of maritime security incidents – an easy to read format collating suspicious approaches, vessel attacks, boardings, hijacks and media reports. The week 23 Maritime Security Snapshot was compiled by Solace Global’s in-house intelligence team.