UKMTO was aware of an incident in the vicinity of 24°01’N 058°50’E approximately 28nm North East of Muscat, Oman. Shots fired, incident is over, Vessel and crew are safe.
A MV was attached at 22:45 UTC, on the 30th of June, at Douala Anchorage. A number of individuals, boarded the vessel and abducted some members of the crew. Remaining crew and vessel are now safe and local authorities are investigating the incident.
UKMTO has been made aware of a suspicious approach 21nm south of Port Saleef in Yemen. Vessel was approached by two (2) small crafts, closest point of approach 50m port side. Weapons sighted on small craft, no shots were fired. 3-4 POB on each. Vessel increased speed and carried out maneuvers to evade small craft. Small craft has departed the vicinity. Master reported all vessel and crew safe.
The bulk carrier GREBE BULKER was reportedly attacked by pirates on 2 May 0030 UTC at Owendo Anchorage, Gabon, in the Gulf of Guinea.
According to the report by TradeWinds, 3 crew members were kidnapped, including the captain, the second officer and two lieutenants.
The remaining 17 crew members were not injured. The ship arrived at Owendo anchorage on April 30 from Harcourt, Nigeria.
As of 2 May 1100 UTC, the bulk carrier remains in the same position, and AIS is activated.
SINGAPORE/ABIDJAN, April 11 (Reuters) – A Singapore-registered oil tanker was boarded by “unidentified persons” about 300 nautical miles (555 km) off Ivory Coast in the Gulf of Guinea, the city-state’s port authority said.
The Gulf of Guinea has become a hotspot for global piracy in recent years, although incidents have dwindled since 2021 as national authorities stepped up security efforts, helped by foreign naval ships, the United Nations says.
Reports indicate that a vessel has been boarded by an unknown persons approximately 278nm from South Tome in position 01°31N 01°30E. Investigations are ongoing.
Somali army repels attack and an official says 87 fighters killed after group stormed Baar Sanguni base near Kismayo.
Somalia’s al-Shabab detonated a suicide car bomb then stormed a military base in the country’s south, claiming at least 27 soldiers were killed.
An official said the military repelled the attack and killed 87 fighters in fighting, dismissing the claim on Monday that dozens of Somali troops were dead.
Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabab’s spokesman, said attackers overran the base in Baar Sanguni village – about 50km from the port city of Kismayo.
“We first attacked the base with a suicide car bomb and then stormed,” said Musab. “We killed 27 soldiers and took the base. Some soldiers fled into the jungles.”
The military sent reinforcements to the base following the explosion and heavy fighting.
Conflicting death tolls
Assistant information minister Aden Isak Ali told state news agency SONNA that soldiers were hunting down attackers who fled the base. “The national army defended itself and killed 87 militants,” he said.
However, Colonel Ahmed Hassan said troops killed 10 attackers.
The attack followed one last month by al-Shabab on the same base that wounded seven soldiers.
The armed group is battling to topple the central government and impose its rule based on a strict interpretation of Islamic law.
Al-Shabab has killed thousands of Somalis across East Africa in a decade-long insurgency.
Position: 01 06 N 044 02 E
On 22 July 2018 at 1422UTC a MV in position 01 06.32N 044 02.0E in vicinity of Baraawe reported being under attack. Attack has now ceased. THE MV IS NOW SAFE AND IN THE PORT OF BARAAWE.
In a bid to boost up the maritime capabilities, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the al-Shahbab came together in 2011. The coming together of these two outfits was specifically to spruce up their maritime capabilities.
As piracy increases in the world’s oceans, maritime safety requires a collaborative effort to ensure safety of lives and protection of property at sea. Under this, the Ghana Maritime Authority organized a 4-Day Crisis Response Training for security experts and players in the maritime sector, from 9 to 12 of July.
This exercise aimed to prepare the Ghana’s Crisis Response Team to combat any unforeseen incident on Ghana’s maritime domain. The training wanted to improve inter-agency cooperation in ensuring smooth maritime rescue activities.
Facilitators from the Gulf of Guinea Interregional Network updated trainees on current trends in maritime safety and security measures to save life at sea while also monitoring illegal activities such as illegal bunkering and oil spillage.
During the training, a simulation exercise took place for trainees to learn how to prevent an illegal oil bunkering. To check the effectiveness and competence of the program, trainees were divided into various units called cells according to their technical expertise.
Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Mr. Kwame Owusu mentioned that Ghana is fully prepared to respond successfully to any maritime crisis. He also added that the Authority is preparing patrol vessels and drones to thwart potential pirates and other threats on the Ghanaian waters.