MAST’s weekly security report issue 352 is available to read now.
In the Gulf of Guinea, journalist and local officials were fired upon by the Nigerian Navy in a waterway in the Niger Delta. The Nigerian government is looking at ways to better monitor activity on the country’s creeks and waterways to boost maritime security. There have again been calls for the country to create a Coast Guard or partner with private security providers to ensure security.
In the Indian Ocean Region, the US Coast Guard has made a significant drug interdiction on behalf of the CMF. Some $85 million worth of heroin was recovered from a vessel at sea, while a further incident saw the US Navy seize $10 million worth of hashish.
In European waters, investigations into the events which causes the leaks in both Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines are ongoing. The Humanitarian Grain Corridor continues to be a success, with United Nations sources reporting that insurance rates are now beginning to reduce on the route. There has been significant loss of life in the Mediterranean in the period observed, while more people have crossed the English Channel in small boats from France to the UK.
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