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Tripoli clashes signal an uncertain future for Libya

Written by Georgina Turner CLASHES HIGHLIGHT FRAGILITY OF LIBYA’S RELATIVELY STABLE IMAGE On 4 September, an UN-brokered ceasefire brought seven days of inter-militia fighting in Tripoli to an end. However, the clashes have exposed the fragility of Libya’s projected image of relative stability and are likely…

Violent Piracy in Southeast Asia – A Feature of the Past?

ReCaap’s July 2018 Monthly Report recorded not only a year-on-year decline in piracy incidents for January to July compared to 2017, but also a significant reduction in the number of violent incidents. ReCaap recorded no ‘Category 1’ incidents between January and July. ‘Category 1’ incidents…

Gulf of Guinea: Mother ships used to target vessels deep offshore

PDF Download An approach by a pirate action group (PAG) using a mother ship approximately 280NM south of Lomé, Togo, during July marked the furthest offshore incident recorded by NYA since 17 September 2015. On 22 July at 1500 UTC, the duty officer on board…

Bab-El-Mandeb: Threat of attack remains despite Saudi Arabia resuming oil shipments

HOUTHI REBELS PLAY IMPORTANT ROLE IN RESOLUTION OF CONFLICT Saudi Arabia resumed oil shipments through the Bab-el-Mandeb strait on 4 August after a temporary suspension following alleged attacks on two Saudi Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC). The attacks occurred on 24 July late at night…

Southern Philippines: Regular kidnappings in 2018 show kidnap for ransom remains a serious concern

PDF Download Militant groups retain capability and intent to target nationals On 28 June 2018 a kidnap for ransom group based in Zamboanga, southern Philippines, kidnapped six persons and demanded a ransom sum of PHP400,000 (USD7,500) for their release. At the beginning of June, the…

Threat of criminal boardings in Southeast Asia still ongoing

PDF Download THE PREVALENCE OF CRIMINAL BOARDINGS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA NYA MarTrackTM records from 2013-2017 indicate that Southeast Asia has consistently witnessed the highest number of criminal boarding piracy incidents worldwide. During this period, more than 50% of all globally recorded criminal boardings targeted vessels…

Travel warnings for Niger highlight enduring kidnap threat to foreign nationals

Governments issue security alerts to Westerners in Niger PDF Download On 22 June the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAIT) issued a security alert indicating that terrorist groups are planning attacks against foreign nationals in Niger. A similar warning was issued by…

Consistently High Piracy Levels off Nigeria likely to lead to increased shipping costs

Economic cost of Piracy to West Africa estimated at $820m PDF Download After another vessel hijacking off the Niger Delta on 17 May 2018, concerns were raised in early June that foreign shipping companies operating in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) may introduce a minimum…

Saudi-led coalition forces advance on Al-Hudaydah in Yemen

SAUDI-LED COALITION FORCES ADVANCE ON AL-HUDAYDAH IN YEMEN NYA Insights Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen On 13 June forces of the Saudi-backed coalition advanced on the strategic port city of Al-Hudaydah in an attempt to wrest it from control of the opposing Houthi rebels. The offensive…

Terror attacks demonstrate that militants remain a credible threat in Indonesia

Between 8 and 16 May 2018, Indonesia consistently made international headlines due to a dramatic increase in the number of terror attacks throughout the country. What started with a prison riot by convicted jihadists grew into a nine-day long series of incidents including knife stabbings,…