FREE CSOA REPORT: Iran Seizes British Tanker

Published on July 21, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 19: On July 19, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGC(N)) intercepted two vessels in the Strait of Hormuz –UK flagged oil/chemical tanker STENA IMPERIO and UK owned crude carrier MT MESDAR. MESDAR was released several hours later. July 19: On July 19, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGC(N)) intercepted two vessels in the Strait of Hormuz –UK…

July 21, 2019
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Iranian Boats Attempt to Intercept British Tanker; UK Orders Heightened Security for All British Ships in Strait of Hormuz and Deploys Second Destroyer to Region

Published on July 15, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 11: On Wednesday, July 10 Iranian boats tried to impede a British oil tanker near the Gulf – before being driven off by a Royal Navy ship, the Ministry of Defence has said. HMS Montrose, a British frigate shadowing the BP-owned tanker, was forced to move between the three boats and the tanker, a spokesman said. No shots…

July 15, 2019
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Sudan Military and Opposition Agree on Power-Sharing Deal

Published on July 9, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 05: Sudan’s ruling military council and civilian protest leaders have reached an agreement to share power for a transition period. The plan envisages a rotating presidency and civilian-military ruling council. Mediators said progress had been made on Thursday by ruling military leaders and opposition protest groups in their efforts to establish a transition period to democracy in Sudan….

July 9, 2019
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Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander Threatens British Shipping in Retaliation for Tanker Seizure

Published on July 9, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 05: An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander threatened on Friday to seize a British ship in retaliation for the capture of an Iranian supertanker by Royal Marines in Gibraltar. “If Britain does not release the Iranian oil tanker, it is the authorities’ duty to seize a British oil tanker,” Mohsen Rezai said on Twitter. The Gibraltar government said the…

July 9, 2019
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UAE Confirms Withdrawal from Port City of Hodeidah

Published on July 9, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 09: The United Arab Emirates has announced a “strategic redeployment” from the port city of Hodeidah in Yemen, as well as a more limited tactical retreat elsewhere in the country – marking a significant moment in Yemen’s four-year civil war. UAE officials said the move, under discussion for as long as a year, was designed to support a United Nations-led…

July 9, 2019
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Industry Guidance on Safety & Security and the Use of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) in Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman

Published on July 8, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 08: The Oil Companies International Marine Forum has published a press release regarding Safety & Security and the use of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) in Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman. It reads as follows: Introduction Recent attacks against shipping off Fujairah and in the Gulf of Oman have caused great concern. This…

July 8, 2019
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Saudi Border Guards Chief Calls for Global Action Plan to Combat Maritime Terrorism

Published on July 8, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 01: The head of the Saudi Border Guards has called for an international agreement to combat the growing threat of maritime terrorism. Opening a new training course in Jeddah on sea security, Gen. Awad bin Eid Al-Balawi said a global action plan was required in the wake of recent attacks on oil tankers and coastal installations in the…

July 8, 2019
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Mauritius Ports Authority and Abu Dhabi Ports to Boost Indian Ocean Maritime Sector

Published on July 8, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 02: Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) and Abu Dhabi Ports have signed an agreement to enhance the maritime sector across the Indian Ocean, from port infrastructure and security to protecting the environment and driving the cruise industry Under the MoU, MPA and Abu Dhabi Ports will explore areas of collaboration between the public and private sectors, as well as…

July 8, 2019
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FREE CSOA REPORT: Gibraltar Seizes Supertanker

Published on July 4, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 04: At approx. 02:00 LT this morning Gibraltar port and law enforcement agencies, aided by a detachment of Royal Marines, detained the Panama-flagged 300,000-tonne crude oil tanker GRACE 1 (IMO #9116412). Approximately 30 marines from 42 Commando boarded the vessel via a halo insertion at the request of the Gibraltar government. The tanker was seized because it was…

July 4, 2019
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