CSO Alliance Situation Report: Libyan Maritime Security

Published on January 14, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments © CSO Alliance, 2020 January 14: Recent developments in Libya that have the potential to impact the maritime industry include: January 09 – The Libyan National Army (LNA) reportedly bans ships from calling to Misurata and Al Khums [see below images] January 12 – The LNA claims it has seized an Italian cargo vessel off Misurata. January 14 –…

January 14, 2020
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US Reportedly Attempted To An Iranian Commander in Yemen The Same Night as Soleimani Strike

Published on January 13, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 10: An unsuccessful strike on another high-ranking Iranian military commander took place in Yemen on the same night a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, two sources told US news outlet ABC News. The Jan. 2 nighttime strike targeted Abdul Reza Shahla’i, a key Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force commander, at his compound in Yemen,…

January 14, 2020
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Japanese Warship Deployed to Middle East

Published on January 13, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 09: Following Cabinet approval in late December, Japan has now deployed a destroyer and patrol planes to the Middle East on an information-gathering mission. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make a five-day trip from Saturday [January 11] to the region. Seeking to help stabilize the region amid simmering tensions between Iran and the United States, Abe plans…

January 13, 2020
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Brazil’s Petrobras Vessels To Avoid Strait of Hormuz

Published on January 10, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 08: Amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA has ordered its ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz, it said in a statement. Petrobras, as the company is known, says the decision, which was taken after consultations with Brazil’s Navy, will not affect fuel supply in Brazil. Source: Reuters…

January 10, 2020
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Situation Report: Iranian Retaliatory Strike

Published on January 8, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments Early on January 08 2020, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched up to twenty-two short-range ballistic missiles against two military bases used by US troops in Iraq. There are no reported casualties and only minimal damage. The attack was immediately claimed as a response to the US killing of Iranian General Qassem SOLEIMANI on January 03 2020. This…

January 8, 2020
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Saudi Arabia’s Defense Ministry Concludes Naval Drills for Red Sea Countries

Published on January 7, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 03: A military drill aimed at boosting maritime security in the Red Sea ended Thursday, with a top Saudi naval officer saying it was the first exercise of its kind. Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Egypt, Sudan, Djibouti, Yemen and Jordan were among the countries that took part in Red Wave 1. Gen. Ali Al-Ghamdi said it was the first…

January 7, 2020
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Japan, Vietnam Share Concerns on South China Sea

Published on January 7, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 06: The foreign ministers of Japan and Vietnam have shared their concerns about China’s increasing activity in the disputed South China Sea and agreed to cooperate closely on maritime security. Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi met with his counterpart Pham Binh Minh in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Monday. Motegi is on a tour of four Southeast Asian…

January 7, 2020
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US CISA Alert: Potential for Iranian Cyber Response to U.S. Military Strike in Baghdad

Published on January 7, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 06: The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued Alert (AA20-006A) Potential for Iranian Cyber Response to U.S. Military Strike in Baghdad. The summary is herein included. Click here to read the entire alert on the CISA website, including suggested mitigations and information on patterns of publicly known Iranian advanced persistent threats. Summary The Cybersecurity and…

January 7, 2020
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British Royal Navy Vessels Sent To Escort Vessels Through Strait of Hormuz

Published on January 7, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 04: The United Kingdom’s Royal Navy will escort British vessels through the Strait of Hormuz as tensions in the region remain elevated following a US’s airstrike on Iran’s top general. The imminent move to protect UK-flagged ships came on Saturday as the Foreign Office was strengthening its travel warnings across the region as fears of all-out war heightened….

January 7, 2020
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US and UK Issue Warnings for Commercial Vessels in Persian Gulf and Surrounding Waters

Published on January 7, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 06: In response to recent US military action in Iraq, targeting a senior member of Iran’s military, the US and UK have both issued warnings to the maritime industry operating in and around the Persian Gulf. US Warning: The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) released U.S. Maritime Alert 2020-001A: Threat Type: Threat to Commercial Vessels from Iran and its…

January 7, 2020
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