Weekly Maritime Summary 8 – 14 June 2020

The Securewest International Global Response Centre (GRC) recorded five maritime related incidents during the reporting period of 8-14 June 2020.

Maritime Incidents

  • 09-JUN-20 – Robbery – A tanker was robbed at Conakry anchorage, Guinea by six armed men carrying knives and other weapons.
  • 09-JUN-20 – Suspicious Approach – Container ship RIO CHARLESTON located approximately 95nm SW of Bayelsa was approached. Reporting indicates that a speed boat with 5 people on board attempted the boarding during her transit to Onne.
  • 10-JUN-20 – Migrant and Refugee Incident – Four migrants tried to cross the English Channel on a makeshift raft made from two windsurfing boards, in addition three further vessels carrying a total of 40 migrants did manage to reach UK waters.
  • 14-JUN-20 – Migrant and Refugee Incident – The French navy rescued 13 migrants from a boat with engine failure about 25 miles off Salines beach.
  • 14-JUN-20 – General Security Warning – Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea (MDAT-GoG) received reports of increased possible piracy activity in the vicinity of the West coast of Africa from Guinea around the Gulf of Guinea to Gabon.


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.
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 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.

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