Report, in PDF format, mapping major maritime incidents, including piracy, maritime crime and maritime casulties which took place during October 2013.
In June 2013, the Lloyd’s Joint War Committee (JWC) expanded its Gulf of Guinea Listed Area – previously consisting of Nigerian and Beninese waters – to include Togolese waters north of 3˚N. This announcement came as little surprise. Reported incidents of maritime crime and piracy off Togo rose 78% in 2012, compared to the previous year. During this period, hijack … Read more
Report, in PDF format, mapping major maritime incidents, including piracy, maritime crime and maritime casulties which took place during September 2013.
In recent months there has been a discernible rise in hijack for cargo theft activity in the Gulf of Guinea. During the period of May – August 2013, five commercial tankers1 were reported hijacked, compared to just two tankers in the preceding four months. This period of increased activity included the unprecedented hijacking of the COTTON (reference 1) off Port-Gentil, … Read more
Report, in PDF format, mapping major maritime incidents, including piracy, maritime crime and maritime casulties which took place during August 2013.
In a climate of ever-increasing US and EU sanctions against Iran, what will the country’s election of a ‘moderate’ president mean for sanctions and the shipping industry? Iran’s newly elected leader, Hassan Rouhani, has been lauded by some commentators as a vital ingredient to ease the impasse between Iran and the West, a stalemate which has punctuated Iran’s recent history. … Read more
In the majority of hijacks for cargo theft, pirates have demonstrated a degree of prior knowledge regarding the target vessel and its cargo. Pirates have hijacked tankers as far as 89 nm offshore (CAPE BIRD, 08 October 2011), suggesting that they have an awareness of where and when they can find specific tankers in relatively remote locations. Meanwhile, the accounts … Read more
Report, in PDF format, mapping major maritime incidents, including piracy, maritime crime and maritime casulties which took place during July 2013.
East Africa has long been plagued by inefficiencies at ports, and within transport corridors. In mid-2012, shipping companies spent an extra 22% on top of normal operating costs to clear container cargos, while collectively shippers forked out an additional $252 million calling at Dar es Salaam port alone, owing to berthing delays.1 Even though policy makers in the region recognise … Read more
Last month, Dutch police – acting on a tip-off by French counter-narcotics authorities – arrested three would-be divers, complete with underwater propulsion vehicles, as they prepared to dislodge a torpedo-shaped metal cylinder from the hull of a tanker recently arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. Inside the receptacle was stashed over 100 kg of cocaine, worth some U.S. $4.5M. The … Read more