MAST’s weekly security report issue 351 is available to read now.
In the Gulf of Guinea, one maritime incident has been reported for the period observed. The Nigerian Navy has called for better engagement with local communities, as it attempts to gather intelligence on maritime criminals and oil thieves in Cross River State. The NSCDC has launched a new gunboat to deter pirates and oil thieves in Akwa Ibom State. The Nigerian Navy has denied allegations that it is involved in oil theft.
In the Indian Ocean Region, the US and Israeli navies have conducted an exercise in the Gulf of Aqaba to test unmanned surface vessels. Iran plans exercises in the Indian Ocean with Russia and China, while Seychelles forces have completed training with the French Navy.
In European waters, Russian forces recovered a suspected Ukrainian unmanned surface vessel from Sevastopol. The Grain Corridor in the Black Sea continues to see traffic, with some 4.85 million tonnes of agricultural goods exported from Ukraine so far. Small boat crossings in the English Channel have continued, while French police have disrupted a migrant smuggling operation.
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