MAST’s weekly security report issue 354 is available to read now.
In the Gulf of Guinea, the Nigerian Navy has accused international oil companies of assisting oil thieves by leaving well heads open, as the country continues to battle the serious economic crime. The Nigerian government is to investigate after Navy personnel destroyed a barge being used to transport illegal crude oil. A huge oil dump site has been found in Rivers State.
In the Indian Ocean, the US Coast Guard, working with the Combined Maritime Forces, has made a significant drug interdiction. Iran plans to hold naval drills in the region with China and Russia. The US Navy hopes to deploy 100 unmanned surface vehicles to the region before the close of 2023.
In European waters, eyes are on negotiations to extend the Humanitarian Grain Corridor scheme in the Black Sea, as over 100 cargo vessels wait for inspection by the Joint Coordination Centre. In France, trafficking gangs are reportedly struggling to find boats to send migrants across the Channel.
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