September 2018 - Piracy Report
Between January and September 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, at Samarinda Anchorages, Indonesia and Chittagong Anchorages, Bangladesh .
The kidnapping of two fishermen from their fishing vessel at Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia in September 2018 emphasizes that the threat of kidnapping in the Sulu and Celebes Seas, as well as in eastern Sabah, remains . Crews of vessels are strongly advised to remain vigilant when transiting the area and when possible re -route ships from this area . Best management practices to deter piracy and kidnapping should also be practised .
Two kidnapping incidents were recorded in the internal waterways of Nigeria and the coast off Bonny, Nigeria. The surveyor of an oil company seismic survey team and a community affairs officer were kidnapped from a passenger boat near the Bayelsa -Rivers State boundary and 12 crew were kidnapped from the Bulk Carrier, MV Glarus off Bonny . The risk of kidnapping remains high in this area .
Several anchorages reported high incidents of piracy, robbery and attempted robbery in 2018 . Four of these anchorages reported incidents in September 2018 . They are :
Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda , – 15 incidents in 2018 Chittagong Anchorages, Bangladesh – 11
Lagos Anchorages and the Lagos Port Complex – 24 Anchorages off Barcelona, Venezuela – 11 .
The Royal Saudi Navy intercepted two Houthi remotely controlled water -borne improvised explosive devices (WBIEDs) targeting the port of Jizan , Saudi Arabia in September 2018 . Attacks using WBIEDs remain a risk in the Red Sea and with it the possibility that any vessel could be caught in a attack .
Full report is available to download here: