21 November 2017
News | 12 Oct 2017

Nigerian Navy makes a stand on embarked armed guards

Nigeria



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

Vedbaek


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.

Download here: 

Briefing | 01 Feb 2017

Risk Intelligence publishes maritime security forecast for Nigeria in 2017

Nigeria


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.

Download report: 

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 

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