Weekly Maritime Security Threat Advisory

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  • Russia has stated that it will suspend its implementation of the Black Sea Grain Deal “for an indefinite period” effective immediately.
  • North Korea has carried out a string of weapons tests in response to what it calls “provocative military drills” conducted by South Korea and the United States. 

Weekly Maritime Security Threat Advisory 31st October 2022, reports Dryadglobal.

Russia

Russia has declared that it’s going to discontinue its enactment of the Black Sea Grain Deal “for an indefinite period” immediately. They are alleging that they can no longer ensure the security of civilian ships traversing the corridor following a plausible Ukrainian attack on its Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol. 

Traffic along the corridor was suspended on October 30, and there are currently 21 vessels at Ukrainian ports, and 6 vessels outbound from Ukraine awaiting entry into the corridor. The JCC will continue to enforce the deal without Russia’s backing.

In the Black Sea, a possible sea mine sighting suspended Ukrainian grain exports for a day. The Joint Coordination Center approved the dispatch of a tugboat and Search and Rescue Boat to conduct a primary examination of the feasible mine-like object. If verified, this would be the first mine to be spotted within the corridor. 

Korea

North and South Korea have exchanged warning shots along their disputed western maritime boundary amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s recent weapons tests. South Korea alleges that it had fired warning shots to stave off a North Korean merchant ship that infringed the maritime boundary, whilst North Korea indicted the South Korean Navy ship for intruding into North Korean waters under the pretense of tracking down an unknown ship. In recent weeks, North Korea has carried out a string of weapons tests in response to what it calls “provocative military drills” conducted by South Korea and the United States. 

Somalia

In Somalia, at least 100 people have been killed and 300 injured in twin car bombings in Mogadishu after the attack targeted the education ministry and a school at the busy Sobe intersection. Al-Shabaab has been blamed for the bombings. The risk of terrorist attacks beyond port facilities in Mogadishu is SEVERE and should be expected daily.

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Source: Dryadglobal

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