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23 Sep 2019

Weekly Maritime Summary 16 - 22 September 2019

The Securewest Global Response Centre (GRC) recorded seven maritime related incidents during the reporting period of 16-22 September 2019.

Maritime Incident Map


  • On 16-Sep-19 - Robbery - Anchored tanker 5nm SSW of Conakry, Guinea. Robbers escaped with cash and ships properties.
  • On 16-Sep-19 - Migrant and Refugee - Authorities have intercepted 29 migrants in the English Channel, including 5 children.
  • On 17-Sep-19 - Hijacking - Possible hijack of a sailing yacht in position on the island of Hermil, Eritrea. The report stated that the yacht was hijacked by 6 armed pirates in a speedboat.
  • On 17-Sep-19 - Attack- North Korean fishing vessel opened fire on Russian patrol vessel in the North of the Sea of Japan. Resulting in Russia detaining 161 suspected poachers.
  • On 17-Sep-19 - Migrant and Refugee - Migrant vessel sank near the city of Sfax off the coast of Tunisia, drowning at least 2 people with 9 rescued and another 14 missing.
  • On 21-Sep-19 - Migrant and Refugee - 8 migrants were picked up from a small boat travelling in the St Margaret's Bay Area off Dover.
  • On 22-Sep-19 - UK Border Force were alerted to a small boat carrying 6 men off the coast of Kent. They were brought to Dover after attempting to cross the Channel.


Migrant and Refugee IncidentMigrant and Refugee Incident: This could involve Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, or information about a boat capsizing and people drowning, or an attack on the group.

HijackingHijacking: Unauthorized seizure and retention of a vessel by persons not part of its complement.

Attack: An incident where weapons are discharged by pirates or pirate paraphernalia such as ladder, grappling hook, make contact with the vessel.

RobberyRobbery: Theft from a vessel or from persons aboard the vessel.

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