The EU Council officially adopted the Commission’s proposal to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard, in a bid to respond to the challenges facing Europe in managing migration and its external borders. The European Border and Coast Guard Agency will have a standing corps of 10,000 border guards.
Two patrol vessels join the fleet operated by Homeland Integrated Offshore Services in Nigeria, specifically in the Gulf of Guinea in order to protect and boost the offshore assets of Homeland’s clients, among which are major oil companies.
Three Spanish border agents have been rescued by suspected drug smugglers after a vessel collision sent the officers into the water and left their boat running in an uncontrolled turn. In fact, as Spain’s Guardia Civil reported, on the morning of Friday, 4 October, a boat operated by Guardia Civil officers crashed with a RIB go-fast launch carrying four suspected drug traffickers, during an operation off the coast of Malaga.
Sea Shepherd collaborated with Gabonese authorities to arrest the Chinese-flagged Haixin 27, as it was seen sailing into Gabonese waters from the Republic of Congo, while Gabonese fisheries enforcement officers discovered that the vessel’s fish hold was full, despite the fact that the vessel had no fishing logbook.
The US Coast Guard published a video on July 18, chasing a smuggling boat that was transferring illegal drugs; The USCG members found 2,300 pounds of cocaine. In the video, the suspects are seen throwing some of their cargo in the sea, but the coast guard members manage to shalt the boat before they dispose all of the bales.
Iran released a video of the Iranian flag flying from the seized British-flagged tanker Stena Impero. The Stena Impero was seized on Friday, July 19, reportedly because it was breaching international maritime law. In the meantime, the UK seized an Iranian-flagged vessel, Grace 1, for illegally shipping oil to Syria, against US sanctions.
On Friday, July 19, Iranian authorities seized Stena Impero, a British-flagged, Swedish-owned oil tanker, while sailing through the Strait of Hormuz. The incident spiked the tensions in the area, as the UK condemned this act as ‘hostile’, denying Tehran’s argument that it seized the vessel because it was involved in an accident.
Spain’s Guardia Civil arrested six members of a hashish-smuggling gang during an operation on the Chafarinas Islands, off the coast of Ras Kebdana, Morocco. According to information, the gang allegedly used a boat as a semi-permanent staging base for smuggling, as well as 11 speedboats.
Chirag Bahri, who today is ISWAN’s Regional Director, India and South Asia, was held captive by pirates in Somalian waters from May to December 2010, along with 21 fellow crewmembers of the chemical tanker, Marida Marguerite.
Amid a growing tension between the US and Iran in the light of the two tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman last week, Iranian forces now have reportedly shut down a US military surveillance drone while flying over the Strait of Hormuz.
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