Weekly Maritime Summary 23 – 29 March 2020

The Securewest Global Response Centre (GRC) recorded nine maritime related incidents during the reporting period of 23-29 March 2020:

Maritime Incidents

  • 25-MAR-20 – General Security Warning – MSCI Advisory 2020-007-Various-GPS Interference. Multiple instances of significant GPS interference have been reported worldwide in the maritime domain by vessels operating both in port and underway
  • 25-MAR-20 – Migrant and Refugee Incident – Six boats carrying 96 migrants have been intercepted by the Border Force in the English Channel. French authorities confirmed they had picked up another 74 people on the same day
  • 25-MAR-20 – Robbery – The tugboat BATELEUR towing NASSHI was bound for demolition at Alang when four perpetrators boarded the unmanned NASSHI from a dinghy. The loss of items is still being ascertained by the investigating agencies
  • 25-MAR-20 – Suspicious Approach – An MV aprx 245 nm S of Lagos, Nigeria, was followed by an unidentified craft with unknown intentions
  • 25-MAR-20 – Attack – Seven armed pirates in a black speed boat approached and attempted to board MV SCARABE 79nm off Brass, Nigeria. Master commenced evasive manoeuvres, resulting in the pirates aborting the approach
  • 26-MAR-20 – Suspicious Approach – A MV was approached by a skiff containing 4-5 persons aprx 22nm S of Cotonou, Benin
  • 27-MAR-20 – Approach – MT was approached by two skiffs approximately 69 nm NW of Dubai, UAE. A raised ladder was sighted. MT took evasive measures, vessel and crew reported safe
  • 27-MAR-20 – Attack – A MV was attacked approximately 101 nm SSE of Brass, Nigeria. Vessel was attacked by one skiff with aprx ten persons on board
  • 27-MAR-20 – Robbery – A MV was robbed in Conakry Anchorage, Guinea. Vessel and crew reported safe


Suspicious ApproachApproach: An incident where weapons are trained on the vessel or pirate paraphernalia such as weapons, ladders, are observed and the intention to conduct an attack is clear.
Migrant IncidentMigrant and Refugee Incident: This could involve Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, or information about a boat capsizing and people drowning, or an attack on the group.
Maritime AttackAttack: An incident where weapons are discharged by pirates or pirate paraphernalia such as ladder, grappling hook, make contact with the vessel.
Maritime warningGeneral Security Warning: Incidents which do not fit in the other categories, but enhance the situational awareness, e.g. flag state advisories or an attack on a non- commercial vessel such as a warship.
Robbery IncidentRobbery: Theft from a vessel or from persons aboard the vessel.
Suspicious ApproachSuspicious Approach: All other unexplained activity in close proximity by an unknown vessel.

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