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Shipping operations in the Persian Gulf

The attacks against tankers off Fujairah in May and in the Gulf of Oman in June had a direct impact on the threat to shipping operations in the Persian Gulf. More recently, a crude oil tanker reported harassment by Iranian boats, an apparent retaliation after a tanker carrying oil from Iran had been seized in Gibraltar.

This whitepaper examines the events leading up to these incidents and provides a short analysis of the current situation. Several scenarios outline the potential impact on shipping operations in the Persian Gulf over the coming months, highlighting the need for contingency plans and relevant mitigation measures. These are necessary for individual vessels, but also on the company level and should be based on a comprehensive security risk assessment, including the relevant threats, vulnerabilities and consequences.

Managing risks in global supply chains

“Disruptions to supply chains, whether they are natural, accidental or intentional, are increasingly distorting supply chain performance. Given that such disruptions are unlikely to decrease in the short term, risk management will play an increasingly significant role in global supply chains.”
- Prof. Dr. Omera Khan

The whitepaper, written in an easy-to-read, accessible style, explores the dangers posed to land-based cargo movement through theft, ‘false pickups’, terrorism, hijackings and other threats. Highlighting real-life instances of actual incidents, it interviews security experts and other authorities on supply chain risk in order to identify ways to mitigate and neutralise such threats.

Whitepaper on piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

Nigeria – and particularly the Niger Delta – has been the main concern for ships operating in West Africa in the past. This situation is very unlikely to change. However, the analysis of individual attacks or incidents that have been reported as suspicious has to take into account general patterns of life and other types of criminal activities, such as fuel smuggling or illegal fishing. It is otherwise impossible to determine accurate threat levels for specific areas.

Governments throughout West Africa are unlikely to prioritise maritime security issues, yet the topic has at least received an increasing amount of attention in recent years. Improving maritime security will nevertheless be a long-term challenge, involving both the public and the private sector. This whitepaper provides a brief look at current problems and potential solutions.