MAST’s weekly security report issue 327 is available to read now.
In the Gulf of Guinea, suspected pirates boarded a vessel some 261nm off Ghana. An Italian Navy frigate arrived on the scene to secure the vessel the following day. The crew had retreated to the ship’s citadel and were unharmed. The EU is supplying ECOWAS coastal nations with over €5 million worth of equipment to improve maritime security.
In the Indian Ocean Region, Iran has seized a ship suspected of fuel smuggling in the Persian Gulf, Somalia has a brand new Marine Police centre in Mogadishu and the South African government has agreed to extend anti-piracy patrols in its waters and the wider Indian Ocean.
In European waters, the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to spill over in to the maritime domain. A Malta-flagged cargo vessel was struck by Russian weapon fire in the Sea of Azov. The UK government has pledged to supply Ukraine with Harpoon anti-ship missile systems.
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