General Cargo Vessel Attacked 120mi SW of Brass, Nigeria

Published on July 15, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 13: At approx. 22:30LT the Turkish-flagged General Cargo Vessel PAKSOY 1 was reportedly attacked 120mi SW of Brass Terminal in Nigeria (0258N, 0044E). Two skiffs, each carrying 5-7 armed persons on board reportedly “attacked” the vessel. The level of violence, and all further details are currently unavailable. The vessel may well be hijacked. Source: MDAT-GOG & ARX Maritime…

July 15, 2019
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MDAT-GoG Biannual Report Published and Available

Published on July 9, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 09: MDAT-GoG has released their biannual report, covering January – June 2019. It states that 53 events have been reported to MDAT-GoG for the first part of 2019, with the most common type of incidents reported including attack (27%), theft (25%), and hijack – kidnap (17%). February had by far the most number of incidents reported thus far…

July 9, 2019
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US Navy Sends Second Ship to Gulf of Guinea In Response to Security Needs

Published on July 9, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 03: The U.S. Navy has dispatched a second ship, the USNS Carson City, this year to the Gulf of Guinea to help deal with security needs, including piracy. The Military Sealift Command Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship departed Rota, Spain, on Tuesday, the U.S. Navy said in a news release. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Thetis was the first…

July 9, 2019
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Fishing Vessel Boarded by 8 Armed Men off Port Victoria, Cameroon

Published on July 9, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments July 08: Initial reporting by MDAT-GOG states that “On Monday 08th July at approx.. 2100 UTC a fishing vessel was boarded by 8 armed men in position 04°12N 008°53E. (300 Port Victoria (Cameroon) 20nm). Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution in this area”. No further information is available at this time. This report will be updated upon receiving…

July 9, 2019
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Attempted Boarding 7NM off Lome, Togo

Published on July 8, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments June 30: At approx. 23:25 UTC, a skiff with 6 armed persons approached an unspecified MV with an attempt to board the vessel. The MV’s crew alerted the local navy and activated fire hoses on deck. The skiff aborted their boarding attempt upon seeing the alertness of the MV and the use of razor wires. Vessel and crew were…

July 8, 2019
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Two Recent Piracy Attacks Against Passenger Vessels Reported in Calabar River, Nigeria

Published on June 21, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments June 10 & 20: Initial reports indicate that there have been two attacks against passenger vessels in Calabar River recently. The first reportedly occurred June 10, during which the Cameroon-flagged MV Queen Esther (IMO #3270640) was attacked and at least one individual (the vessel’s captain) was kidnapped. No further details of this attack are available, nor of the attack…

June 21, 2019
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India Bans Its Seafarers from Nigeria, Gulf of Guinea Due to Piracy Risk

Published on June 12, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments June 07: The Directorate General of Shipping in India has banned Indian seafarers from working in vessels in Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea, due to the increasing risk of piracy and kidnapping. This may affect shipping between Nigeria and India. India is now Nigeria’s largest trading partner, buying at least 30 percent of Nigeria’s crude oil. The…

June 12, 2019
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Nigerian Piracy Levels Deemed ‘Unacceptable’, International Solutions Sought at IMO

Published on June 11, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments June 10: Some of shipping’s top stakeholders met on Friday at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to demand action to counter the dire piracy situation off the Gulf of Guinea, which is causing severe distress for seafarers who have to transit the region. The event, co-sponsored by BIMCO, IMCA, ICS, ITF and OCIMF, drew members…

June 11, 2019
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Japan Expands Military Presence in Horn of Africa Despite Decrease in Somalia Piracy

Published on June 3, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments May 29: Despite the overall decrease in piracy in the Horn of Africa, Japan remains committed to an international security operation off the Horn of Africa which is increasingly a cornerstone of its wider Africa policy. According to statistics displayed on the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, despite last month’s pirate attack by Somali pirates and underlying instability…

June 3, 2019
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