July 2018 - Piracy Report
Between January and July 2018 the Gulf of Guinea was the area worst affected by piracy and maritime robbery worldwide. A high concentration of incidents was found in Nigeria off Brass and Bonny, as well as Lagos Anchorages and the Lagos port complex . A high number of incidents were also reported in the Malacca and Singapore Straits and at Samarinda Anchorages, Indonesia .
The Landing Craft, Alpha Kirawira came under mortar attack by presumably Al Shabaab in the vicinity of the Port of Baraawe , Somalia in July 2018. The vessel has been carrying supplies for AMISON for several years . It is likely that the vessel was targeted for this reason. Attacks by Al Shabaab on vessels are very uncommon .
The EU Council extended European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operation Atalanta Mandate to counter -piracy operations off the Somali coast to 31 December 2020 .
In July 2018 two Saudi flagged Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) under escort by the Saudi Frigate RSN Al Damman 816 came under attack by Houthi militia off Hudaydah , Yemen . The VLCC, Arsan sustained damaged after it was hit on the stern . After the attack Saudi Arabia suspended oil tankers movement through the Bab al Mandeb Strait for ten days . Shipments were resumed on 6 August 2018 .
Attacks by Houthi militia on civilian vessels associated by parties in the conflict continued through 2018 . 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, but it is possible that vessels could be caught in the crossfire .
An attempted robbery on a Product Tanker was reported at Lagos Secure Anchorage, Nigeria in July 2018 . Between January and end of July 2018 , 23 incidents of robbery and attempted robbery of vessels were reported at Lagos Anchorages and the Lagos port complex . Most could be categorized as petty theft .
Twenty attacks were reported off Bonny and Brass, Nigeria between January and July 2018. Attacks are violent in this area and attackers fired on vessels in almost all cases . Three attacks resulted in the kidnapping of 19 crew members .
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