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News | 12 Oct 2017

Nigerian Navy makes a stand on embarked armed guards


The Nigerian Navy finally have now officially, clearly and unambiguously stated that the Memorandum of Understanding is NOT about embarking armed guards on client vessels. This has always been the official position of the navy, but for various reasons, the organisation has been uanble to enforce their own policy. As a part of it's organisational overhaul, the Nigerian Navy is now taking a more pro-active stance in maritime security and has stated their intent to enforce the stipulations of the MoU by PMSCs or withdraw the MoU. 

On behalf of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear-Admiral Osundo, Head of Standards and Transformation in the Operations Directorate, reiterated the official navy’s position vis-à-vis INTERTANKO and BIMCO that:

  • Armed guards are no longer allowed on board merchant vessels, i.e. tankers. This rule applies to anyone carrying a firearm, whether from the navy, police or any other agency civilian or military.

  • The Nigerian navy has entered into agreements with private security companies to supply armed escort vessels. These escort vessels are painted in Nigerian navy colours, have a Nigerian navy designation and will be crewed by, and under the command of, the navy. Civilian contractors would be on board to assist in maintenance and other general duties.

  • No private security company has the right to place armed guards on board merchant vessels.

  • There is one MoU for all twenty MoU holders. There are no special annexes, no dispensations or side-agreements to it.

For those in doubt, RAdm Osundo, at LISW and thereafter, also reiterated that privately operated escort vessels should meet Nigerian Navy standards (including suitable armament) and be approved by the Nigerian Navy prior to embarking Navy crews and weapons on it.

A number of MoU holders do not meet many of the most elementary requirements of the MoU. Therefore, Risk Intelligence, on behalf of our clients, has carried out desk-top and on-site due diligence assessments of private maritime security companies operating escort vessels in Nigeria to gain a better insight into the real capabilities and level of compliance. 

Press release | 11 Sep 2017

Risk Intelligence appoints Henrik Ehlers Kragh as COO


International security intelligence company Risk Intelligence appoints Henrik Kragh as Chief Operating Officer.

Henrik Ehlers Kragh has been with Risk Intelligence since 2013 and most recently in the position as Director of Advisory Services. Before joining Risk Intelligence Henrik was Head of Anti-Piracy Coordination at Maersk Line. He has been working with complex risk and security issues for more than 30 years.

Commenting on Henrik’s appointment Hans Tino Hansen, CEO of Risk Intelligence, said “Henrik has been with Risk Intelligence for about four years and he knows our clients, our values and our strategies in depth”. “Organizing our products and services formally under one Executive makes good sense, and as streamlining and coordination across business areas has been Henrik’s key objective for the past 18 months, I am confident he is the right person to put in charge”. ”For me it is important to build an agile organization where we can both work towards a long term strategic objective and at the same time quickly adapt to market changes and requirements, and thereby keep supporting and adding value to our clients’ businesses”.

As a former major in the Danish Army Henrik is a graduate from the Danish General Joint Staff Course and has held a number of command and staff positions, among other as an analyst at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS).

Henrik Ehlers Kragh says “I am pleased with this new opportunity to add value to Risk Intelligence; however, I am also humble about the task at hand”. “Risk Intelligence’s position among the leading global maritime security providers, is a result of a team effort - and team effort will also be a key instrument going forward”. “We will continue to provide quality decision support advice to our clients as a trusted and valued partner”. 

News | 31 Aug 2017

Welcoming two new interns at Risk Intelligence

We are happy to welcome Julia Anne van der Kooij and Marie Ali to the Risk Intelligence team as assistants, both are completing academic internships from the University of Copenhagen. Julia is a Master’s candidate in the Political Science department and, similarly, Marie is pursuing a Master’s degree in Security Risk Management.

Julia has previous work experience with the Canada Border Services Agency and as a Data Testing Coordinator with the Canadian transit system Metrolinx. Some of her interests include, but are not limited to, the movement of narcotics, prohibited weapons and human smuggling with special territorial interest in goods originating from Western Europe.  Julia is dual national, native to Canada with roots in the Netherlands.

Marie has worked as a growth-driven professional in various international business environments, including Gazprom Neft and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Her interests include the MENA region, sub-state actors, the politics of energy and the construction of identity and threat in foreign policy-making. Born and raised in Paris to Kurdish and Russian parents, she is fluent in French, Russian and English as well as competent in Spanish and Kurdish.

We welcome Julia and Marie to the team, and are excited for the contributions they will make with their experience and knowledge. 

News | 30 Jun 2017

Risk Intelligence updates overview for maritime security services in West Africa

Maritime operations in West Africa, especially in the inner Gulf of Guinea, are often complicated by a lack of security. Additional protection measures, both privately contracted or provided by national militaries, therefore continue to be in high demand. At the same time, operators should be aware of potential legal and operational risks when they are using such measures to protect ships, crews and cargoes.

Risk Intelligence has now published the latest guidance on the use of maritime security services in West Africa, including the use of armed guards, escort vessels or secure anchorages. The report is titled Maritime security services in West Africa – legal and operational challenges. It offers a birds-eye view on the situation in 19 countries throughout West and Central Africa, including Nigeria and other coastal states around the Gulf of Guinea.

“Our analysts have gathered extensive experience about the maritime security situation in West Africa. It is a complex picture with different types of threats in different areas,” says Hans Tino Hansen, CEO of Risk Intelligence. “Moreover, legal frameworks are often complicated, creating challenges in terms of risk mitigation. Our report is therefore important for all types of maritime operations throughout West Africa.”

The report provides a comprehensive look at risks related to the use of additional maritime security services in West Africa. Colour-coded tables for all 19 countries – including the coastal and island states between Senegal and Angola – offer a quick overview of the current situation. These are accompanied by explanations and assessments of the efficiency of specific security services against the main threats.

Subscribers will also receive an updated report in December and have access to Risk Intelligence’s West Africa specialists for related questions. The overall cost of this service is 5,000 EUR or 36,000 DKK.

For further information, please contact Risk Intelligence. 

Free Download | 03 Mar 2017

Risk Intelligence publishes Strategic Insights maritime security 2017 forecast issue

Risk Intelligence is making available for free download the concluding issue of its Strategic Insights series. 

Many of the areas reviewed in this issue will be familiar to maritime operators and long-time readers of Strategic Insights: Somalia and Nigeria, for example. But there are also new areas of concern emerging, as well as the return of power politics. One of the themes of this issue, which looks ahead to the challenges in 2017 and beyond, is that developments on land can ‘trickle down’ to the maritime domain. But this is not always the case, and each environment needs to be analysed on a case-by-case basis to completely understand the threat, and if it will affect maritime operations.

Overall, threats may be changing, with new locations emerging and new dynamics affecting operations. There are a number of trends at the macro and micro levels that will have implications in 2017 and beyond. But risks can still be mitigated and the starting point is information – assessments of threats and accompanying analysis. Risk Intelligence continues to provide global overviews on incidents and threats through its upgraded MaRisk 2.0 portal. As well, the PortRisk platform now provides full assessments of the threat environment for 170 ports around the world, and is continuing to add more.

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Briefing | 01 Feb 2017

Risk Intelligence publishes maritime security forecast for Nigeria in 2017


Attacks against merchant vessels off Nigeria will remain a problem for ship operators in 2017. Risk Intelligence's maritime security forecast for the country underlines this and several other significant trends for this year. Moreover, the forecast identifies seven types of potential security incidents with varying threat levels.

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has gained some respect for his efforts to tackle corruption but his government has so far failed to diversify the economy. Militancy in the Niger Delta throughout 2016 has increased problems even further and underlined that security and economic challenges are closely related.

For maritime operators, developments since early 2016 hold a mixed picture. Crude oil exports were down while imports of refined products increased due to lower output from domestic refineries. Overall, imports decreased due to the falling exchange rate but exports, particularly of agricultural goods, are likely to increase and bulk carrier operators are the most likely beneficiaries.

The Risk Intelligence maritime security forecast for Nigeria in 2017 has been published in January to users of the Risk Intelligence System (MaRisk+PortRisk), but can now be downloaded for free.

Risk Intelligence offers a broad range of services for maritime operators in West Africa. Our subscription-based services MaRisk and PortRisk provide a detailed overview over maritime security incidents in the region as well as threat assessments for countries, ports and cities. PortRisk currently covers almost 40 ports and offshore facilities in the region. Furthermore, RiskIntelligence offers detailed reports on specific issues such as the use of private maritime security companies in West Africa and provides bespoke threat and environment assessments for maritime operators in the region.

Please contact Risk Intelligence regarding further services and reports.

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