Persian Gulf Security Update
Following the recent incidents where two Greek-Flagged ships were seized by Iranian forces, the Combined Maritime Force (CMF) and the EU’s Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) have issued an Industry Releasable Threat Bulletin (IRTB) on the incident.
The Club have recieved a security bulletin from INTERTANKO regarding attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Guinea region.
The Club wishes to bring to Members' attention that during the recent XIX Party Congress in Beijing, the local authorities in China implemented enhanced security measures at all ports. We were aware of a number of cases where crew members were required by local authorities to surrender their mobile phones or other electronic devices for inspection when ships call at ports in China. Those inspections appeared to have been conducted at random, of if a ship was specifically identified as posing a security threat.
Risk Focus: Consolidated 2017
With its team of risk assessors, the UK Club is in a unique position to gather data and target areas of risk onboard ships.
Re-escalation of Piracy: Gulf of Aden
Members will be aware that since the end of March there has been a reescalation in the number of suspicious approaches around the Southern Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb & Gulf of Aden.
It has been announced this week that as of May 2017 Philippines, Malaysia & Indonesia will launch joint piracy patrols in waters of the Sulu Sea.
The Club was recently involved in another case of kidnapping crew members in West Africa.