MARAD Alert: Southern Red Sea – Threat of Vessel Attack

Published on September 16, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments September 06: The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued an alert, reading: “A maritime threat has been reported in the Red Sea in the vicinity of Yemen.  The nature of the event is potential increased hostilities that threaten maritime security.  Vessels operating in this area are advised to review U.S. Maritime Advisory 2019-007 (Violence Due to Regional Conflict and Piracy –…

September 16, 2019
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Iran Seizes Vessel in Gulf for Allegedly Smuggling Diesel Fuel

Published on September 16, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments September 16: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized a vessel in the Gulf for allegedly smuggling 250,000 litres of diesel fuel to the United Arab Emirates, Iran’s semi-official Students News agency ISNA reported on Monday. “It was detained near Iran’s Greater Tunb island in the Persian Gulf…the crew have been handed over to legal authorities in the southern Hormozgan province,”…

September 16, 2019
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US Destroyer Docks at Beirut Port For First Time in 30 Years

Published on September 16, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments September 15: The USS RAMAGE docked at Beirut Port on Saturday, marking the first time that an American vessel has docked in Lebanon in over 30 years. The US Embassy tweeted that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer “entered Beirut Port on September 14 as a symbol of the enduring partnership between the US and Lebanon to ensure security and stability in…

September 16, 2019
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North Korean Military Fires Two Suspected Short-Range Missiles Into Sea of Japan

Published on September 10, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments September 10: On the morning of 10 September 2019, the North Korean military launched two unidentified projectiles into the Sea of Japan from an area near Kaechon, located in South Pyongan province. According to South Korean military officials, the short-range projectiles traveled 330 km (205 mi) to the east. These launches were the eighth such test by North Korea…

September 10, 2019
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Captain Reports British Warship Involved In “115 Confrontations” with Iran Since July

Published on September 9, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments September 02: A British Royal Navy warship in the Strait of Hormuz has had 115 confrontations with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps since July, its captain revealed. HMS Montrose captain Will King spoke of the moment that a British-flagged oil tanker, the Stena Impero, was seized on July 19 and the constant threat of aggression the warship experienced from the Iranian…

September 9, 2019
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Seven Crew of Stena Impero Reach Dubai After Iran Releases Them

Published on September 9, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments September 05: Seven of the 23 crew members of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero that was seized by Iran in July reached Dubai on Thursday after Tehran agreed to their release, a Russian official said. The Swedish-owned Stena Impero was detained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on July 19 in the Strait of Hormuz for alleged marine violations, two weeks…

September 9, 2019
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EU NAVFOR Somalia Escorts United Nations World Food Programme Vessels to Safety

Published on September 9, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments September 06: Last week, EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation ATALANTA provided support to United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) vessels that were carrying NGO and United Nations Staff through the Gulf of Aden. The WFP requested support from EU NAVFOR Somalia following further deterioration of the security situation in Yemen, specifically near the city of Aden. Upon that request, EU…

September 9, 2019
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Iran to Free Seven Crew Members of Seized British Tanker

Published on September 4, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments September 04: Iran has said it will free seven crew members of a British-flagged tanker seized in the Strait of Hormuz in July, as the country’s president gave Europe a two-month deadline to save its nuclear deal. The seven, who are part of a 23-member crew comprising Indian, Russian, Latvia and Filipino nationals, were allowed to leave the Stena…

September 4, 2019
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Somalia Rejects AU Invitation on Maritime Dispute With Kenya, Trusting In ICJ

Published on September 3, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments August 24: Somalia has rejected the Commission of the African Union invitation to a briefing on the maritime row with Kenya. Instead, it has expressed confidence in the International Court of Justice and its ability to deliver a fair ruling. The ICJ is set to hear the dispute between September 9-13 at the Peace Palace, in The Hague, Netherlands….

September 3, 2019
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Sudan Declares State of Emergency in Red Sea Over Tribal Clashes

Published on September 3, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments August 26: Sudan activated a state of emergency Sunday in an eastern state and ordered a probe into deadly tribal violence that has rocked the region for days, authorities said. Clashes have raged since Wednesday between the tribes of Bani Amer and Nuba in Port Sudan, the capital of the Red Sea state. Sudanese police said that at least…

September 3, 2019
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