MAST’s weekly security report issue 322 is available to read now.
In the Gulf of Guinea, Nigerian politicians are pressing the government to do more to combat illegal oil refineries in Rivers State, citing health concerns about toxic soot. NIMASA has appointed a new Maritime Guard Commander, who will liaise with the Nigerian Navy. A new sea port is to be constructed in Ogun.
In the Indian Ocean, the Royal Navy has interdicted an illegal narcotics shipment, seizing over 6500kg of hashish, worth an estimated $9 million. Israel is to patrol the Red Sea, with surveillance assistance from the US.
In European waters, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has seen a number of merchant vessels damaged in the Black Sea region. The MV Helt has sunk after she reportedly struck a naval mine and one crewman died after an incident onboard his ship off Olvia. Migration to the UK via the English Channel has seen an increase in the last week.
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