Nigeria will refine 900,000 bpd this year

by Akinola Ajibade Barring any distortion in plans, Nigeria will be refining at least 900,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) in the next 10 years. This was the submission of former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu. In an interview with reporters in Abuja, the ex minister said the country is capable […]

2021 Maritime Cyber Rules Outdated

Maritime Cyber Rules Coming in 2021 Are Outdated, Critics Say By  James Rundle Hackers are finding the international shipping industry easy prey, experts say, owing to a combination of lax cybersecurity practices and ineffective regulation. New cybersecurity rules are set to come into force in 2021 as an update to a maritime treaty, but the […]

9 Abu Sayyaf members surrender

9 Abu Sayyaf members surrender in Sulu; 1 killed in Basilan NINE MEMBERS of the Abu Sayyaf Group yielded to troops of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion in Sulu last July 15, the military reported late Wednesday. Upon surrender, they also turned over their weapons consisting of seven high-powered and two low-powered firearms. “I would like […]

Boost security at sea to ward off pirates

Oil discovery: Boost security at sea to ward off pirates – Oquaye to Navy The Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye has charged the Ghana Navy to step up security along Ghana’s coast. He said Ghana’s oil sites are sea-based, hence exposes the country to various criminal threats. The Speaker cited issues that are […]

Iran seizes tanker in Gulf

Iran seizes ‘fuel-smuggling’ tanker in Gulf Iran says it seized a “foreign tanker” and its 12 crew on Sunday for smuggling fuel in the Gulf. State television quoted Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as saying the ship had been smuggling one million litres (220,000 gallons) of fuel. It is not yet confirmed if it is the UAE-based […]

U.S. unsure about tanker towed to Iran

U.S. unsure about circumstances of tanker towed to Iran DUBAI (Reuters) – U.S. officials say they are unsure whether an oil tanker towed into Iranian waters was seized by Iran or rescued after facing mechanical faults as Tehran asserts, creating a mystery at sea at a time of high tension in the Gulf. The MT […]

Biggest Coast Guard ship to patrol in W. PH Sea

Biggest Coast Guard ship to patrol in West Philippine Sea By Betheena Unite A French-made ship, tagged as the biggest ship of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), will be deployed to patrol the disputed West Philippine Sea by December 2019. The newest and biggest ship of the Philippine Coast Guard – an 83.6-meter Offshore Patrol […]

Departure of EU naval force risky

Departure of EU naval force risky for coast, report warns By Samuel Baya The possible withdrawal of the European Union Naval Force from the Indian Ocean waters has raised the need for other plans to ensure piracy does not rise again in the region, a new maritime report says. A report by the Intergovernmental Standing […]

Ships deploy unarmed guards in Gulf

Seeking to avoid escalation, ships deploy unarmed guards to navigate Gulf Jonathan Saul LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – Shipping companies are hiring unarmed security guards for voyages through the Middle East Gulf as an extra safeguard after a wave of attacks in the region, security companies involved said. Relations between Iran and the West are […]

Weekly Security and Risk Report 17/07/2019

Security and Risk Report 17Jul19 of the series reviews, analyses and threat assesses the fragile and conflict affected coastal states Libya, Somalia and Yemen. The Mediterranean migrant crisis, incidents affecting maritime security and influencing maritime news are also reported and analysed, focusing on the keys theatres of maritime instability. We also review the recent tanker attacks […]