25 May 2018
Press release | 20 Dec 2016

Risk Intelligence updates risk overview for privately contracted maritime security in West Africa

Copenhagen


Insecurity at sea is a major challenge for maritime operations in West Africa. Additional protection for ships, crews and cargoes is in high demand but operators often face operational and regulatory risks when they decide to use privately contracted maritime security services in the region. Risk Intelligence has now updated its overview of different types of maritime security provisions – ranging from armed guards to escort vessels and secure anchorages – that are legal in 18 countries throughout the region, including Nigeria and other Gulf of Guinea countries.

“We have provided security analysis for West Africa for more than 10 years,” says Hans Tino Hansen, CEO of Risk Intelligence. “It has always been a complex area with many different types of threats as well as many different types of risk mitigation and legal frameworks. With our report, we provide a clear and comprehensive overview that many maritime operators are looking for.”

The report provides a concise overview of risks related to the use of additional maritime security services in West Africa. For all 18 countries from Senegal to Angola, colour-coded tables provide a quick overview of the current situation, followed by a brief assessment of the efficiency of specific security services against the main threats. In addition, clients have access to Risk Intelligence’s West Africa specialists for questions related to the report, which will be updated every six months.

The cost of the service is 5,000 EUR or 36,000 DKK, which includes two reports (June and December).

Please contact Risk Intellgience for further information. 

Info | 17 Nov 2016

Anniversary: 10th renewal for MaRisk for a number of Risk Intelligence clients

Copenhagen


The end of the year marks an important milestone for Risk Intelligence and for a number of our clients as it is the 9th time they are renewing their MaRisk subscription license - and the 10th time including the first sign up.

Some of these clients were with us from an earlier stage and were part of the initial development process back in 2007/2008. Likewise, they again took part in the development of the new Risk Intelligence System. This process led to the launch of PortRisk in October 2015 and the new MaRisk in April this year.

 This anniversary tells me that we must have been doing something right over the years. Well done by the Risk Intelligence staff, who has been pivotal in operating and developing the solution to keep our clients safe. I would also like to thank our clients and partners for their longtime commitment and important feedback - without our close cooperation, Risk Intelligence would not be where we are today. I trust that we will have many more years of cooperation in front of us.

For more information about the Risk Intelligence System (MaRisk+PortRisk) please visit https://new.riskintelligence.eu/ ;

News | 05 Aug 2016

Risk Intelligence launches new weekly Turkey ports & terminals threat assessment report

Copenhagen


This week on Tuesday 2 August Risk Intelligence launched the weekly Turkey ports & terminals threat assessment report.

Risk Intelligence started this spring to produce a country threat assessment for Turkey on the Risk Intelligence System and eight ports are being added to the System (PortRisk).

Due to client requets, we also prepared the launch of a weekly report (similar to our weekly Libya and Yemen reports). The weekly report covers 12 ports and the Bosphorus.

The report will be published every Tuesday end of business.

For more information please contact us via the contact forn. 

Press release | 22 Jun 2016

Risk Intelligence launches new service providing overview of operational and regulatory risks of privately contracted maritime security in West Africa

Copenhagen


Maritime operations in West Africa are affected by threats from piracy and other maritime crime. It is very complex to get an overview of the different types of maritime security provisions that are legal in the countries throughout the region. Risk Intelligence now provides this insight with a new service, including reports with an overview of the use of private and government security in 18 countries in the region.

Risk Intelligence CEO Hans Tino Hansen: “We have provided security analysis for West Africa for more than 10 years. It has always been a complex area with many different types of threats and many different types of security risk mitigation and legal frameworks. This service and the new report provides a clear and comprehensive overview that many maritime operators have been asking for.”

The new report provides a concise overview of operational and regulatory risks related to the use of additional security services in West Africa. The report covers the use of armed guards and escort vessels provided by private maritime security companies or government security forces as well as additional protection services such as secure anchorages or areas for STS operations.

Colour-coded tables for every country provide a quick overview of the current situation in 18 countries from Senegal to Angola. Moreover, brief assessments of the efficiency of specific security services against the main threats, which maritime operators have to face in the respective region, are included. Overall, the report is a valuable tool for conducting the necessary due diligence prior to contracting additional security services for operations in the region.

In addition, clients will have access to Risk Intelligence’s West Africa specialists for questions related to the report, which will be updated every six months.

"Attempts to transfer the Indian Ocean PMSC model to West Africa have created problems for ship operators, who were made to believe that the solutions involving the use of government security forces on board their ships was "legal" or "approved" and provided the necessary level of security. In many countries in West Africa this is not the case, says Dirk Steffen, Director Maritime Security and head of West Africa Analysis at Risk Intelligence

For questions, please contact:

Dirk Steffen, Director Maritime Security      +45 70 26 62 30

Hans Tino Hansen, CEO                             +45 70 26 62 30 

News | 20 Jun 2016

Strategic Insights Arctic special edition

Kiel


The special Arctic edition of Risk Intelligence's Strategic Insights (no. 61) has been made available for free download in connection with the Kiel Conference 21 June 2016 "Cool Dispassion or Hot-Button Topic - The High North".
 

Briefing | 08 Jun 2016

Risk Intelligence publishes a brief Guide to Niger Delta Groups 2016

Nigeria


The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) are Nigeria’s “new” Niger Delta militancy phenomenon. They have issued challenges to the Nigerian government, international oil companies and the military. Within a span of less than 3 months they are believed to be primarily responsible for reducing Nigeria’s oil production from a (theoretical) 2.2m barrels per day to around 1.4m barrels per day by the end of May 2016.

Risk Intelligence's brief "Guide to militant, ex-militant and activist groups in the Niger Delta" gives an overview of the most relevant militant and activits groups that are politically and militarily active in the first half of 2016, their agendas, operating areas and potential links amongst each other.

Please download a free copy: 

Conference | 31 May 2016

Maritime Security Conference: How Does Maritime Security Information Add Value to the Shipping Community?

Copenhagen 25 October 2016


Risk Intelligence aims to address some of the most pressing maritime security challenges facing the Shipping Community. Maritime security threats are evolving and challenges the Shipping Community, making valid maritime security information a major aspect for supporting operations and commercial considerations more than ever before.

Risk Intelligence is proud to announce its third consecutive Maritime Security Conference. This event will be hosted by Clipper Group and organized jointly by the Danish Shipowners’ Association, Oceans Beyond Piracy and Risk Intelligence during Danish Maritime Days 2016. Through presentations and conversations, speakers and participating experts will discuss this year’s theme; “How Does Maritime Security Information Add Value to the Shipping Community?”

The last two conferences have been attended by representatives from governments, the maritime industry, navies and academia, offering a unique forum for networking and exchange of cutting edge ideas and knowledge.

Taking place over three sessions, we will discuss the current maritime security threats and the future improvements to maritime security awareness. This conference will give a broader understanding of how maritime security information support daily operations and commercial opportunities.

Attendance is free but requires RSVP to Senior Project Associate Mr. Jens Vestergaard Madsen, Oceans Beyond Piracy: jvmadsen@obp.ngo 

Briefing | 28 Mar 2016

“Pirates of the Gulf” – a historic find on a Cameroonian beach

Cameroon

Dirk Steffen, Director Maritime Security with BIBIANA (Dirk Steffen)

Easter Sunday held a special surprise find for Risk Intelligence’s Director Maritime Security, Dirk Steffen, while he was travelling along the Cameroonian coast: the former Nigerian pirate vessel BIBIANA beached and abandoned near Kribi.

BIBIANA was part of a two-vessel pirate long-distance tanker hijacking operation in September and October 2014. The vessel departed from Nigeria around 27 September 2014 heading south through Cameroonian and Equatoguinean waters and on to Gabon. Based on reliable information, Risk Intelligence began issuing warnings to its subscribers of MaRisk from 29 September onwards, tracking the vessel’s progress south to a position offshore Port Gentil, where the BIBIANA experienced technical problems. The pirate mother vessel subsequently headed back north in the company of the small tanker SANKOFA, which was meant to be used for the stolen cargo in the planned operation.

The mission was eventually aborted, although the criminals launched an opportunistic attack against the ferry SAN MIGUEL near Equatorial Guinea on 5 October. Although the attackers failed to board the vessel, it galvanised the Cameroonian military into action and on 8 October 2014 the BIBIANA was intercepted by the Cameroonian Batallion d’Intervention Rapide (BIR) near Kribi. 21 Nigerian suspects were arrested; an unknown number of suspects escaped on the SANKOFA. 

Briefing | 08 Jan 2016

Iran and Saudi Arabia Assessment: Scenarios for future developments

(Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf with ports in PortRisk)

Risk Intelligence has Friday 8 January 2016 published a short assessment of the current conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia with three scenarios for possible developments. Each scenario has a section on the impact on shipping and maritime operations.

The likely scenario that the souring in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran will continue at the diplomatic and commercial relations level at least in the short term. This will have minimal impact on the regional maritime security environment, although broader security processes in Syria and Yemen will be affected. Indeed, some escalation in these areas is about as likely as not, perpetuating armed conflict – particularly in Yemen – which does have broader regional implications. Internal security in Saudi Arabia might also be affected, increasing the likelihood of sectarian violence.

Direct naval conflict or even low-level harassment of commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf cannot be ruled out, but is assessed as unlikely currently. Iran has limited if any interests in escalating the conflict in this area and has a broader agenda that involves a re-setting of relations with the US and Europe (and the lifting of sanctions) and pursuing its strategic interests in, particularly, Iraq and Syria. At the same time, Saudi Arabia does not have an interest in escalating the conflict any further or if it does happen the capability of running two armed conflicts at the same time.

The report can be downloaded below