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Protection Vessels International: Weekly Maritime Security Report

Fecha de la noticias: 10/01/2018 • Publicada: 10/01/2018 

East Africa and Indian Ocean

Yemen: Merchant vessels report gunmen in southern Red Sea

6 January

The Dubai-based UK Maritime Trade Operations said it had received reports from three separate merchant vessels that they were approached by gunmen in three grey hulled boats. The boats came within 1 cable of the vessels, but did not mount any attacks. The UKMTO advised shippers to exercise extreme caution in the area, which saw an uptick in pirate activity in 2017.

PGI Analysis: The affiliation of the gunmen remains unclear as both criminal pirates and Houthi militants are known to operate in the southern Red Sea. Although Houthis have typically targeted vessels allied with the Saudi-led coalition, there have been several instances where suspected militants mounted rocket attacks against commercial vessels in the area since late 2016. In December 2017, Houthi rebels said they would attack warships and oil tankers from enemy countries to retaliate against the closure of Yemeni ports by the Saudi-led coalition, as tensions over the alleged supply of Iranian arms to Houthis have escalated in recent months. Such statements have raised concern among international shippers and underscore the varied threats to vessels operating in the region.

South East Asia

Indonesia: Pirates attempt to board bulk carrier off Samarinda

5 January

Five suspected robbers approached an anchored bulk carrier in a small vessel. They attempted to board via the anchor chain at 0130 hrs local time at Muara Berau Anchorage, off Samarinda, Indonesia. Alert duty crew noticed the robbers and shouted at them. The robbers then reportedly moved away.

Malaysia: Pirates attempt to board carrier southwest of Port Dickson

3 January

The officer of the watch on a bulk carrier noticed a speed boat with five masked individuals holding a long hook approaching the vessel at 1400 hrs local time, around 9 nm southwest of Port Dickson in the Malacca Strait. The alarm was raised and the crew mustered with firehoses, prompting the speed boat to move away.

PGI Analysis: The motive behind the attempted boarding in the Malacca Strait is unclear. Maritime security in the region has improved since the end of 2015, stemming the number of hijacking for oil thefts in the region. However, there has been an uptick in piracy-related activity since the end of 2017 and in September armed pirates boarded a product tanker off Kuala Terengganu before stealing 1 mn litres of diesel oil. Although the assailants were apprehended, the incident indicates organised priate groups remain active in the region.

PGI Analysis: The motive behind the attempted boarding in the Malacca Strait is unclear. Maritime security in the region has improved since the end of 2015, stemming the number of hijacking for oil thefts in the region. However, there has been an uptick in piracy-related activity since the end of 2017 and in September armed pirates boarded a product tanker off Kuala Terengganu before stealing 1 mn litres of diesel oil. Although the assailants were apprehended, the incident indicates organised priate groups remain active in the region.
Source: Protection Vessels International

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