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Merlin Global Maritime Weekly MarSec Brief

SUMMARY West Africa

In the last 7 days there has been no reported incidents in the WAF region, either in the JWC HRA or the wider Voluntary Reporting Area (VRA – Dakar to Angola). Nether less in the last 30 days there has been 9 piracy incidents within the VRA with 6 of these between Lomé to the North West , Sao Tome to the South West and Cameroon to the East. This area is still an area with an active Pirate Action Group and additional mitigations including routing and use of Security Escort Vessels will need to be considered on a case by case basis for vessels calling the region. Indian Ocean Region

No reported piracy or security incidents in the last 7 days for the Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean or the Arabian Gulf. However, in the Southern Red Sea Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says explosive-laden boats destroyed Coalition says two boats belonged to the Houthis and were threatening navigation, according to Saudi's SPA news agency. Whilst there are no reported active Pirate Action Groups in the region, due to the security situation in Yemen the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Gulf, mitigations have to be considered and reviewed. Libya The port situation in Libya as at 16 June 2020 is reported to be as follows: Working: Farwah, Bouri, Melittah, Zawia, Tripoli, Al Khoms, Misurata, Marsa El Brega (only non-oil cargoes), Benghazi and Tobruk Under force majeure by NOC: Es Sider, Ras Lanuf, Marsa El Brega, Zueitina and Marsa El Hariga Closed: Sirte and Derna FAR EAST

Ships transiting the Singapore Strait should remain vigilant and maintain an adequate anti-piracy watch as the number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the Strait with 29 incidents 2020 YTD, 16 in the last 3 months.

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