Weekly Security and Risk Report 01/12/2021

MAST’s weekly security report issue 309 is available to read now.

In the Gulf of Guinea, there have been several high profile incidents. In one, Danish Navy personnel engaged suspected pirates at sea, killing four. Meanwhile, there were two reported incidents involving Eni/Agip staff. In the first, at least three people were shot and killed by suspected ‘sea pirates’, while at least six workers were kidnapped in the second, according to reports.

In the Indian Ocean Region, the US Navy rescued two Iranian mariners whose boat was drifting. Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives conducted maritime drills, while Iran has announced plans to increase oil production.

The situation in Europe has been overshadowed by the tragic loss of life in the English Channel. As a result, Frontex has announced plans to deploy surveillance aircraft to monitor small boat traffic. The authorities in France have arrested five people suspected of involvement in people smuggling. In the Mediterranean, crossing numbers continue to increase, with the Italian Coast Guard rescuing around 500 people at sea. In Ireland, the police and Customs have seized a large drugs shipment at Dublin port.

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