West P&I: Stowaways – Problematic Ports

Konstantinos Christoulakis Maritime Security Updates

The issue of stowaways onboard entered vessels is a perennial problem for the Club, with 60 cases involving 220 stowaways in the past 12 months, costing over USD 1.6 million to rectify and occupying a considerable amount of time to bring to satisfactory conclusions. An analysis of the Club’s stowaway claims experience for the past 12 months has been carried …

US Navy collisions stoke cyber threat concerns

Konstantinos Christoulakis Maritime Security Updates

WASHINGTON  The Pentagon won’t yet say how the USS John S. McCain was rammed by an oil tanker near Singapore, but red flags are flying as the Navy’s decades-old reliance on electronic guidance systems increasing looks like another target of cyberattack. The incident – the fourth involving a Seventh Fleet warship this year – occurred near the Strait of Malacca, …

PIRATES OF THE CALIPHATE: WHO IS THE SOMALI KINGPIN ACCUSED OF AIDING AL SHABAB?

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

A feared Somali pirate kingpin is being investigated by the United Nations over claims that he has aided fighters from the Al-Qaeda-aligned militant group Al-Shabab. A top United Nations official confirmed to Newsweek that Mohamed Garfanji Ali Dulai has provided logistical support to the Islamist fighters, who have been waging a bloody insurgency against the Somali state since 2006. “We …

OIL THEFT AND MARITIME INSECURITY

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

At a period when oil theft and maritime insecurity have become issues of global concern, statistics revealed that rather than the problem abating, they are actually increasing in Nigeria. According to a recent statement by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Nigeria is losing about N7tn annually to maritime insecurity and other revenue leakages arising from …

Abu Sayyaf leader Muktadil killed, says Philippines military

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

An Abu Sayyaf leader from Sulu who was linked to kidnappings in Sabah, Malaysia, has been killed, the military said. Brigadier-General Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force (JTF) Sulu commander, identified the dead Abu Sayyaf leader as Badong Muktadil, who together with his brothers, had been linked to cross-border kidnappings in Sabah since 2013. “The neutralisation of Badong is another big …

GUIDANCE ON TRANSITS THROUGH THE BAB EL MANDEB AND ASSOCIATED WATERS / UKMTO NOTICE 001/AUG/2017

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Advisories / Alerts, Maritime Security Updates

The following information from the UK government relates to transits through the Bab El Mandeb (BeM) and associated waters.  It replaces previous guidance UKMTO Notice 001 July 2017 (which refers to CMF advice dated 16 July 2017) and UKMTO Notice 002 July 2017.   Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab El Mandeb have highlighted …

Uganda holds meeting to combat piracy in Somalia

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

Uganda last week hosted a meeting of representatives from the different federal states and regions within Somalia to enhance maritime security in the Indian Ocean. The meeting, which took place at the Best Western Premier Garden Hotel in Entebbe, was convened by the Maritime Security Coordination Committee (MSCC) and the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) with representation from regional member …

MASECA seeks authorization to tackle vandalism

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

THE Maritime Security Agency, MASECA, has called on the Federal Government to authorize it to partner with other security agencies to beef up security around the country’s waterways in order to tackle vandalism of petroleum assets, militancy and other crimes.The bill for the establishment of the Maritime Security Agency is currently before the National Assembly, awaiting passage into law. Consequently, …

We will declare Niger Delta Republic on October 1 – Adaka Boro Avengers

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

A Niger Delta militant group, Adaka Boro Avengers, ABA, has maintained that its earlier threat to declare Republic of Niger Delta on October 1 remains sacrosanct. In a statement issued yesterday, spokesperson of the group, Edmos Ayayeibo, said there was no going back because the Nigerian state has “lost its unity.” The group said, “The October 1 declaration of a …

30 JULY 2017 – Piracy Attack / Kidnap – Off Bonny Fairway Buoy, Nigeria

Konstantinos Christoulakis Maritime Security Advisories / Alerts

On 30th July 2017 during nighttime, time not determined, the cargo OYA 1 has been attacked by unknown sea pirates when sailing around Bonny Fairway Buoy. It was reported that 5 crew member has been abducted (some Expatriates) during the attack. On the 13th of July, the UAL Houston was attacked in the same area. It must be noticed that …

Houthis claim attack on UAE ship off Yemen’s west coast

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have said they targeted a military ship belonging to the United Arab Emirates, part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting them in the country. The ship, carrying military equipment, was arriving at Yemen’s Mocha port from Eritrea’s Assab port when it was attacked, Houthi officials said on Saturday. The Saudi Press Agency, citing a statement by the coalition, …

The Hijacking of the Brillante Virtuoso

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

Nestor Tabares must have known the hijackers were out there, waiting. It was his 13th day at sea aboard the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso, and as the ship turned east, into the pirate-strewn waters off Somalia, the 54-year-old chief engineer would have understood that it made for an obvious target. With a top speed of less than 13 knots and stretching …

NIMASA to send anti-piracy bill to National Assembly soon – DG

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Updates

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, says the agency will present the Anti-Piracy Bill to the National Assembly soon to fight piracy in the nation’s waterways. Peterside disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday on the sidelines of the celebration of African Day of the Seas and Oceans in …