MAST’s weekly security report issue 325 is available to read now.
In the Gulf of Guinea, one incident of vessel robbery was reported at Lagos. The fight against illegal refineries in Nigeria continues, with several reported incidents for the period observed. In one, 49 illegal refineries were shut down in a two-week period, illustrating the scale of the problem. Nigeria’s Navy has highlighted the issue of illegal weapon smuggling at Nigerian ports, suggesting that it may need to join other agencies in order to stem the flow.
In the Indian Ocean Region, the Saudi coalition has destroyed a number of WBIED or ‘boat bombs’ off Hodeidah, Yemen. A new Information Fusion Centre in Sri Lanka has received maritime domain awareness equipment from Japan, and EU NAVFOR has made its first significant counter-narcotics seizure at sea.
In European waters, floating naval mines from the Black Sea have been seen in the Bosphorus Strait and off Romania. English Channel crossings were at a high level for the last seven days, and migrant attempts in the Mediterranean continue.
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