May 2018 - Piracy Report
Currently the Gulf of Guinea has the highest concentration of piracy and maritime robbery incidents globally. In the first five months of 2018 high incidents were also reported in the Malacca and Singapore Straits ; at Samarinda Anchorages, Indonesia ; Chittagong Anchorages, Bangladesh ; and anchorages around Barcelona, Venezuela .
Eight incidents of piracy and robbery of vessels were reported in the Gulf of Guinea in May 2018 . Four crew members were kidnapped from the Offshore Supply Vessel, Brone Explorer off Brass, Nigeria .
It is likely that kidnapping of crew will continue in the next few months in the Gulf of Guinea, affecting any of the countries in the area, but with a higher risk off Brass and Bonny, Nigeria.
High incidents of petty theft around Lagos Anchorages and Port facilities were also reported in 2018 .
A high risk of kidnapping by Abu Sayyaf on vessels transiting waters in the Sulu and Celebes Seas off Sabah, Malaysia still remains .
An attempted robbery was reported at Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia in May 2018 , bringing the total incident since January 2018 to ten .
The Turkish flagged Bulk Carrier, Ince Inebolu was hit by a missile off Yemen . This incident is not related to piracy, but to the conflict in Yemen . Although the risk to vessels transiting the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden remains low to vessels not affiliated with any of the warring parties in Yemen, it is possible that vessels could be caught in the cross fire . Vessels should refrain from loitering around islands in the area . Vessels with a military profile or with a sailing pattern associated with logistical support to either party in the conflict are more likely to be targeted . Beware of operations or routes that could be interpreted as involvement or support in the conflict .
Another violent attack on a fishing vessel was reported in Suriname . Robbery does not seem to be the main motive for the attack, but a local feud between fishermen . Suspects have been arrested for the brutal attack in April 2018 . Fifteen fishermen were killed in the April attack .
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