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ARC Weekly Report 24th July 2019

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ARC Weekly Report 24.7.19

There has been only 1 maritime security incident in the region this week – an armed robbery at Freetown Anchorage in Sierra Leone.

There has also been a threat made against an international oil company by a new Niger Delta militant group, which was followed by an attack on JTF personnel.

If you have any questions regarding this report and the information inside, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@arcafrica.com or +44 203 151 0170, and we would be delighted to help and advise.

ARC Weekly Report 17th July 2019

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ARC Weekly Report 17.7.19

There have been reports of 1 maritime security incident in the region this week – a kidnap for ransom incident against a Turkish-flagged cargo vessel in the Nigerian EEZ. This brings the number of persons kidnapped from vessels in the region to 78 for 2019, and 273 since the start of 2018.

There has been a large amount of community activity, with several protests against oil companies in the Niger Delta region, and conflict between different communities resulting in the assassination of two local community leaders.

If you have any questions regarding this report and the information inside, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@arcafrica.com or +44 203 151 0170, and we would be delighted to help and advise.

ARC Weekly Report – 10th July 2019

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ARC Weekly Report 10.7.19

There have been reports of 3 maritime security incidents in the region this week – an attack on a passenger boat in the Niger Delta, a kidnapping from a fishing vessel in Cameroon and a theft from a reefer at Pointe Noire anchorage.

Also of particular interest this week are the following events:

  • The strike action at Nigeria’s ports was resolved on Sunday 7th July 2019 by the Nigerian Port Authority.
  • The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has sided with Nigeria to allow it to continue its detention of the vessel MT San Padre Pio.

If you have any questions regarding this report and the information inside, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@arcafrica.com or +44 203 151 0170, and we would be delighted to help and advise.

ARC Weekly Report – 3rd July 2019

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ARC Weekly Report 3.7.19

The Weekly Report covers West Africa maritime security incidents, recent trends in maritime security in West Africa, Niger Delta militancy and ongoing issues in West Africa that affect shipping.

There have been reports of two maritime security incidents in the region this week – a theft on an oil tanker in Lagos Anchorage, and a report regarding an attempted boarding on a containership in Lomé, Togo. Despite several PMSCs reporting this second event as an “attack”, the incident in Lomé, Togo has since been confirmed as a false alarm after ARC confirmed with contacts in Togo.

Of particular interest this week are the following events:

  • Strike action at Nigeria’s ports.
  • Arrest of the vessel MT Apecus for crude oil theft. The vessel has been reported by the international press for being the vessel that 5 Indian crew members were kidnapped from earlier this year.

If you have any questions regarding this report and the information inside, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@arcafrica.com or +44 203 151 0170, and we would be delighted to help and advise.

ARC Weekly Report – 26th June 2019

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ARC Weekly Report 26.6.19

The Weekly Report covers West Africa maritime security incidents, recent trends in maritime security in West Africa, Niger Delta militancy and ongoing issues in West Africa that affect shipping.

The West Africa region continues to be fairly quiet in terms of major incidents, without a major incident since 12thMay 2019 on a small local tanker in Lomé, Togo. However there continues to be a threat to personnel and vessels in the rivers and creeks of the Niger Delta.

Of particular interest this week are the following events:

  • Attack on a passenger boat in the mouth of the Calabar River.
  • The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has threatened to go on strike due to dockworkers wages not being paid by oil companies.
  • Lekoil experiencing issues.
  • Appointment of a new head of Nigerian National Petroluem Corporation.

If you have any questions regarding this report and the information inside, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@arcafrica.com or +44 203 151 0170, and we would be delighted to help and advise.

ARC Weekly Report – 19th June 2019

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ARC Weekly Report 19.6.19

The Weekly Report covers West Africa maritime security incidents, recent trends in maritime security in West Africa, Niger Delta militancy and ongoing issues in West Africa that affect shipping.

The maritime security industry has had an exciting few days following very concerning events in the Persian Gulf. However, on the western side of the African continent, it has once again been relatively quiet. Rather than a reduction in piracy incidents due to local or international efforts however, this is line with patterns of activity in previous years, and will likely pick up again at the end of August and into September.

Despite this difference between the Gulf of Guinea and the Middle East in terms of global attention, there has been an increase in focus on the west coast of Africa following a meeting at the IMO and even a BBC article on piracy in the region (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-48581197) . Hopefully this will lead to increased action in the area against piracy and armed robbery – at the moment however organisations are only making noises, and only some of those are the right ones.

Of particular interest this week are the following events:

  • Possible kidnap for ransom incident against a merchant vessel in Calabar river.
  • A leading cultist and oil bunkerer killed by Nigerian military personnel in the Niger Delta region following an attack on a pipeline by militants.

If you have any questions regarding this report and the information inside, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@arcafrica.com or +44 203 151 0170, and we would be delighted to help and advise.

ARC Weekly Report – 12th June 2019

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ARC Weekly Report 12.6.19

The Weekly Report covers West Africa maritime security incidents, recent trends in maritime security in West Africa, Niger Delta militancy and ongoing issues in West Africa that affect shipping.

Whilst it has been quiet offshore in terms of piracy incidents, there is a lot of activity in the Niger Delta region on waterways and in communities. Of particular interest this week:

  • 3 Lebanese construction personnel kidnapped by pirates in speedboats in Akwa Ibom state.
  • Threat from a new militant group called the Akwa Ibom Avengers.

If you have any questions regarding this report and the information inside, please do not hesitate to contact us. Reply directly to this email, or contact us at operations@arcafrica.com or +44 203 151 0170, and we would be delighted to help and advise.

ARC Weekly Report – 5th June 2019

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ARC Weekly Report 5.6.19

The Weekly Report covers West Africa maritime security incidents, recent trends in maritime security in West Africa, Niger Delta militancy and ongoing issues in West Africa that affect shipping.

Of particular interest this week:

  • Explosion at Cameroon’s only refinery, leading to suspension in operations and force majeure declared.
  • Multiple violent attacks on local passenger vessels in Rivers State, Nigeria, with passengers having valuables stolen, 1 soldier fatally wounded and others injured.

If you have any questions regarding this report and the information inside, please do not hesitate to contact us. Reply directly to this email, or contact us at operations@arcafrica.com or +44 203 151 0170, and we would be delighted to help and advise.

ARC Weekly Report – 22nd May 2019

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ARC Weekly report 22.5.19

The Weekly Report covers West Africa maritime security incidents, recent trends in maritime security in West Africa, Niger Delta militancy and ongoing issues in West Africa that affect shipping.

Of particular interest this week:

  • Threat by a new Niger Delta militant group.
  • The Governor of Rivers State accusing a high-ranking Nigerian military officer of being involved in illegal oil bunkering.

If you have any questions regarding this report and the information inside, please do not hesitate to contact us. Reply directly to this email, or contact us at operations@arcafrica.com or +44 203 151 0170, and we would be delighted to help and advise.