Suspicious approach 28 nm North East of Muscat, Oman

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.

Source: UKMTO

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Vessel has been attached at Douala Anchorage

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.

Source: MDAT-GoG

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Suspicious approach 21 nm south of Port of Saleef, Yemen.

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.

Source: UKMTO

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Attack on a ship in the Gulf of Guinea – Captain and 2 Vice Captains kidnapped

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.

Source: e-nautilia

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Singapore says unidentified persons boarded tanker off Ivory Coast

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.

Source: Reuters

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Vessel has been boarded approximately 278nm from South Tome, Togo – GoG

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.

Source: MDAT-GoG

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Al-Shabab claims killing 27 soldiers in southern Somalia

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.

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Pirate Attack – Of Baraawe

Date: 22/07/2018

Time: 1422Z

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.

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As Lashkar, Jaish plan sea borne attacks, how equipped is India to fight the maritime threat

New Delhi, July 19: An Intelligence Bureau report suggests that terror groups such as the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad are planning an attack from the seas. This means that the terror groups would try and hit the Indian Navy.
The input which has been considered as an actionable one has prompted the Indian Navy to be on high alert. In addition to this the IB has also warned that a group of terrorists are waiting near the Leepa Valley, Dudhnihal and Kel to infiltrate into India.
The attack from the seas was witnessed during the 26/11 attack. This time around the alert suggests that the terrorists of both the groups are training hard in a bid to launch an attack on the Indian Navy. The threat looms large in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, an IB officer told OneIndia.
How equipped are these terror groups?
Several intelligence reports available with OneIndia state that the naval wing of these groups is handled by the Musa Company, which is the special services group of the Pakistan Army.
The naval wing of these terrorist groups is not often used by terror groups. It is part of the surprise element, the reports state. Since 2004, it had become mandatory for every Lashkar-e-Tayiba recruit to undergo a certain amount of maritime training. This apart, the terrorists also take part in classes on elementary flying.
As part of the training programme, the first class is held in Thakot and then at Murdike. The training programme comes to a close at Karachi and each of these sessions is conducted by officers of the Musa company.
Why the maritime threat needs to be taken seriously?
In the days to come the sea route would be the most preferred for terrorists. It is impossible to man the entire sea and hence in this regard, intelligence and coordination becomes the key. In addition to this there is also a dire need to introduce hi-tech technology to aid the Intelligence Bureau.
The reason why Intelligence, technology and coordination becomes crucial is because 90 per cent of the world trade is sea based and it is impossible to man each and every vessel on the sea. The smaller ones in particular pose the maximum danger.
The al-Shahbab- Lashkar-e-Tayiba bonhomie:

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.

Investigations conducted have revealed that the pirates from Somalia who are dominant on Indian waters were sponsored by the al-Shahbab group which is linked to the al-Qaeda.
It was the ISI that had suggested that the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the al-Shahbab come together and carry out strikes. The idea was to send out the terrorists along with some of the pirates in a bid to carry out strikes.
Since manning all vessels is an impossible task for India alone, it became necessary to seek the cooperation of other nations such as Africa. The Lashkar-e-Tayiba on the other hand entered into several alliances in a bid to spruce up its maritime capabilities. An operative by the name Abu Yakub was tasked with coordinating with the al-Shahbab.
A plan hatched back in 2011 indicated that these groups would send out several pirates into the sea in a bid to keep the Indian Navy busy. On the other hand they would take advantage of the situation and then get their terrorists to launch an attack on the Navy.
Post the 26/11 attack, maritime security had been increased. There are over 400 warships which are on guard. In addition to this several more coastal police stations were set up and the fishermen were roped in to provide human intelligence.
Maritime capabilities of terror groups:

Lashkar-e-Tayiba: High speed recreational boats, scuba diving equipment, water scooters.
Al Qaeda: Capable of underwater strikes by its suicide squad. Heavily dependant on Lashkar-e-Tayiba for equipment.
Jaish-e-Mohammad: Armed with 600 sea specialists, coordinates with Lashkar-e-Tayiba for equipment.
Jemmah Islamiah: Attempted an attack on a US vessel in Singapore, the groups is equipped with speed boats also known as suicide boats. Abu Sayaaf: Bombed the Super Ferry in 2004 that killed 100. High level of experience on sea, but still uses wooden boats loaded with machine guns.
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Ghana steps up attempts to improve maritime safety

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.

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