Security, Crisis, Conflict & Piracy

  • Never Underestimate the Risk of Explosion in a Freight and Logistics Warehouse

    Feb 7, 2018 — Apart from the obvious risks in many a logistics operation, an expression of liquid gas when changing a fork lift truck bottle, an accidental spillage of fuel, and exactly the type of incident which should normally countered by proper Health and Safety protocols, most warehousemen will have never encountered a serious explosion, and indeed given it much thought.
  • Gridlock hurting business at Nigeria’s busiest port

    Feb 6, 2018 — Getting to and from Apapa — the catch-all name for Lagos’ two seaports of Apapa and Tin Can Island — has increasingly become a nightmare for pretty much everyone. Now, with the chronic traffic jams hurting business and no sign of any swift resolution to the problem, labour unrest is looming large on the horizon.
  • Cargo Theft Explodes in Mexico

    Feb 6, 2018 — Cargo theft in Mexico has exploded since 2015, and totaled more than 4,000 thefts in 2017, according to SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center’s annual report on cargo theft in the country. The 1,105 thefts in 2015 grew by 61% to 1,773 in 2016. That number grew by 127% to 4,030 last year.
  • Cargo Thefts Drop as Police, Fleets Fight Back

    Feb 1, 2018 — Cargo thefts fell 36% in the fourth quarter of 2017, a continuation of a steady drop as fleets addressed the issue and states with large cargo hubs devoted more law enforcement manpower to the problem, according to CargoNet.
  • Citing increased bombing risk, TSA mandates additional security on Middle East airfreight

    Jan 24, 2018 — Citing the increased threat of a bomb being smuggled on board an aircraft bound for the United States, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued an emergency order requiring stricter scrutiny of air cargo, effective Monday morning. All cargo being loaded onto flights at last point of departure airports in Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will be required to comply with air cargo advance screening (ACAS) protocols.
  • Piracy Reaches Twenty-Two-Year Low

    Jan 11, 2018 — The International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reports 180 piracy incidents in 2017, the lowest annual number of incidents since 1995, when 188 reports were received. In 2017, 136 vessels were boarded, while there were 22 attempted attacks, 16 vessels fired upon and six vessels hijacked. In 15 separate incidents, 91 crewmembers were taken hostage and 75 were kidnapped from their vessels in 13 other incidents. Three crewmembers were killed in 2017 and six injured.
  • Aquatic drone terror attacks a growing possibility

    Jan 9, 2018 — Terrorists have reportedly retrofitted aerial drones to conduct attacks and surveillance. The proliferation of aquatic drones may plausibly widen the terrorists’ capabilities and opportunities for attacks to coastal cities.
  • Port of Durban remains congested

    Dec 21, 2017 — AGS Durban wishes to inform you that the port of Durban remains congested which is affecting all shipping lines. The port suffered heavy damage following a severe storm in October, while problems in the processing of containers also caused setbacks. All shipments to and from Durban, as well as all operations to and from Southern Africa, are affected by the additional delays.
  • Hackers Could Sink a Bulk Carrier

    Dec 20, 2017 — Penetration testing experts Pen Test Partners, have highlighted how hackers could sink a bulk carrier by manipulating the loading data of its hull stress monitoring systems (HSMS) to deliberately cause an imbalance of cargo on the vessel without the crew being aware. The consequences could be catastrophic with the vessel being put under intense strain leading to it breaking up and sinking.