A Shia uprising in Yemen has caused Saudi-led forces to initiate bombings on Yemeni territory, and this has resulted in Yemen shutting down all of its sea ports, Hans Tino Hansen, CEO at Risk Intelligence, tells the Danish maritime magazine, Søfart.
The shutdown has major implications for all ships calling Yemeni ports, and the uprising in Yemen has thus reached a new level for maritime security risk, Hans Tino Hansen warns.
Whereas the assessment of Risk Intelligence in February was that the Yemeni ports of Aden and Hodeidah were still relatively safe, the recommendation from Risk Intelligence is now that one should make sure to stay completely up to date on what is happening in Yemen, as the conflict according to Hans Tino Hansen can quickly change directions.
For the full article in Danish, see the link below (subscription needed):
Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College
Dirk Steffen, Director Maritime Security will be speaking at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College - on "Private Industry Perspectives on Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea" 30 March 2015.
Fredericia Havn 4.-5. maj 2015
Kurset gennemføres med teoretiske og praktiske lektioner, og har til formål, at give den enkelte deltager kendskab til ansvar og pligter i rollen som sikringsansvarlig for en facilitet.
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For tilmelding til kurset venligst kontakt Jens Madsen, MAHILUM eller Stefan Nonboe, Risk Intelligence
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The use of Nigerian Navy and Police with or without security advisors in private maritime security roles
(Photo: Dirk Steffen)
Risk Intelligence has updated its briefing paper on the use of government security forces in Nigeria by private companies. This update is in light of the detentions of three vessels by NIMASA in January 2015 on the grounds of the unauthorised use of armed and unarmed security advisers. Subsequent communications in the press have led to some confusion about the situation.
It is important to note that the recent detentions and arrests were not made in the context of an unarmed security advisor, but rather in the context of a foreign PMSC making use of armed government security forces in contravention of existing orders by the Flag Officer Western Naval Command and in contravention of the MoU by the Nigerian Navy with the PMSC. The 'unarmed' advisor was in fact rendering training and supervision for an embarked armed security team.
The briefing paper was first published on MaRisk, Risk Intelligence's subscription-based maritime security monitoring service.
The briefing paper comprehensively reviews the current situation in Nigeria and is available for download here on the Risk Intelligence website or via the link below.
Please contact Director Maritime Security Mr. Dirk Steffen for any questions.
The Saudi authorities have arrested three men in the aftermath of the attack against a Danish citizen employed in Saudi Arabia. According to the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET), those arrested are suspected of sympathizing with the terrorist organization Islamic State. The PET further underlines that the terrorist threat against Danish interests in the country embodies the overall strategy of the Islamic militants, where Western interests in the area are considered attractive targets.
Hans Tino Hansen, CEO at Risk Intelligence, points out that the sticking point in relation to Danish interests is whether the perpetrators were aware of the nationality of their target. The attack, if directed against westerners in general, represent nothing new – but if specifically directed against a Dane, such could indicate that Danes, and Danish interests, now are a top priority for IS-sympathizers.
For the full article in Danish, please see the link below:
Update 12 December: The article was reissued in the light of new findings, please see the below link for the follow up in Danish: