Posted: 12th April 2017 | Written by: Securewest International
The High Risk Area (HRA) of the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Somalia Coastline has been relatively benign for a number of years but a recent spike in piracy activity raises fresh concerns for the security of vessels transiting this region. Securewest International Maritime Intelligence Team has observed the surge of incidents since 1 February 2017 and present their conclusions and recommendations.
Posted: 7th November 2016 | Written by: Securewest International, Inc. (US)
The purpose of this report is to provide an assessment of the potential threat from piracy and maritime crime in the Indian Ocean and, in particular, near the Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles. Between 1 January and 31 October 2016, there were no incidents recorded by the Securewest International Global Response Centre (GRC) in close proximity of these three island countries.
Posted: 23rd October 2016 | Written by: Securewest International
The purpose of this report is to provide an assessment of the potential threat to superyachts and other vessels from piracy and maritime crime near Djibouti. Between 01 January and 18 October 2016, there was one incident recorded by the Securewest International Global Response Centre (GRC) in proximity of Djibouti, but it did not involve a yacht.
Posted: 8th September 2016 | Written by: Securewest International
Between 1 January and 1 September 2016, the Securewest International Global Response Centre (GRC) recorded a total of 52 incidents in the Caribbean Sea. At least 23 involved yachts, in particular in the Lesser Antilles region. Although maritime incidents in the Caribbean are not as frequent as they are in other regions, eg. Gulf of Guinea, incidents involving yachts are likely.
Posted: 13th August 2016 | Written by: Securewest International Inc.
The overall maritime threat in the region is assessed as LOW, meaning there is a possibility of an incident. During 2015, the number of confirmed and suspicious incidents increased significantly compared to 2014. However, Q1/Q2 of 2016 saw an improvement in the piracy and robbery situation in these areas. In particular, the number of incidents involving hijacking decreased significantly compared with the same time last year.
Posted: 4th July 2016 | Written by: Securewest International
The security threat from maritime piracy is assessed as LOW due to the absence of incidents in the Alboran Sea. With regards to migrants and refugees, the Western Mediterranean route is a minor route and the likelihood of an encounter using this path to Europe is also assessed as LOW.
Posted: 4th June 2016 | Written by: Securewest International
The piracy/maritime crime threat in the Gulf of Guinea is assessed as HIGH, based on an increasing number of incidents in the area, including suspicious vessel activity, attacks, and kidnappings. Since the beginning of the year through ICD, there have been 59 incidents in the entire Gulf, with the overwhelming majority of them (47) occurring off the coast of Nigeria between Warri and Port Harcourt.
Posted: 21st May 2016 | Written by: Securewest International
As we enter the start of the Mediterranean yachting season, it is vital for captains, management and owners to be aware of the latest information concerning the migration of refugees and to plan ahead. With the worsening situation in the Mediterranean, and with over 1,000 dead already this year, the importance of pre-passage planning is vital for all yachts and merchant vessels.
Posted: 11th April 2016 | Written by: Securewest International
The overall maritime threat in the Gulf of Aden is assessed as LOW; incidents are possible but not likely. Over the past year, the number of confirmed and suspicious at-sea
incidents (e.g. boardings, robberies, hijackings, etc.) has declined and, in reality, most of these incidents reflect normal patterns of life.
Posted: 10th March 2016 | Written by: Securewest International Inc
In 2015, the Maritime Assistance Center (MAC) recorded a total of 508 incidents worldwide of which 20 involved yachts (excluding General Security Warnings). Although maritime incidents in the Caribbean are not as frequent as they are in other regions, such as Southeast Asia, incidents involving yachts occur much more frequently here than elsewhere.