MAST’s weekly security report issue 344 is available to read now.
In the Gulf of Guinea, the Brazilian Navy is currently in the Gulf of Guinea as part of Operation Guinex-II, conducting maritime security drills and coordinating with regional navies. The Nigerian Merchant Navy has called for a greater role in counter-piracy efforts in the country’s waters. The Navy, meanwhile, has continued its efforts against illegal oil refiners in the country and has demanded even greater collaboration to disrupt criminals engaged in the act.
In the Indian Ocean Region, South Africa and France will conduct naval drills later this year, while the US and Israeli navies have been on exercise in the Red Sea. UNODC port training appears to be paying off in the region, with wildlife smuggling high on the agenda for Madagascar.
In European waters, efforts to transport agricultural commodities from Ukraine continue, with the humanitarian grain corridor now in its second week of operation. There have been reports from Bystre, where vessels transit through the Danube, of at least one incident of a ship striking an explosive object. Large numbers of people continue to cross the English Channel from France in small boats.
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