MAST’s security report issue 356 is available to read now.
In the Gulf of Guinea, one incident has been reported for the period observed. Nigerian militants have reportedly abducted three oil workers from a local river. Nigerian authorities estimate that the country has lost 120 million barrels of oil to theft in the first nine months of the year.
In the Indian Ocean Region, with the end of the HRA and the withdrawal of Operation Atalanta in sight, the Indian, Tanzanian and Mozambique navies have held their first trilateral maritime security exercise. Iran’s IRGC Navy has arrested a tanker suspected of smuggling fuel, while the US Navy has rescued a crew who allegedly set fire to their own vessel before a drug interdiction.
In European waters, there are suggestions that a multinational EU naval mission could be used to monitor sub-sea cables in the Irish Sea. Large numbers of people continue to cross the English Channel in small boats.
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