MAST’s security report issue 369 is available to read now.
In the Gulf of Guinea, several incidents have been reported in the period observed. The Nigerian Navy has again warned pirates and oil thieves to stay away from waterways, as they enhance efforts to clamp down on maritime crime. A deal to release the crew of the tanker MT Heroic Idun has reportedly been reached in Nigeria.
In the Indian Ocean Region, the Royal Navy have been engaged in efforts to rescue civilians from Sudan. The US Coast Guard, operating with the Combined Maritime Forces, has made a significant drug seizure in the Gulf of Oman. Iran’s arrest of a second oil tanker has been called ‘staged’ by some observers.
In European waters, the end of the current Black Sea Grain Initiative is due to end on May 18th, and Russia is already dragging its feet in terms of vessel inspections in Istanbul. No ships were inspected for two days recently, while Ukraine has announced that it has alternative routes should Russia withdraw entirely from the agreement. Off the coast of Ireland, ships from the Royal Navy and Ireland Defence Forces have been monitoring a group of Russian vessels.
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