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Version 140

1 September 2017

This is Version 140 of the Marine Watch List. It was last updated on 1 September 2017.

Location Description Changes:




Risk Level Changes:


Risk Score Changes:

Libya Severe 5.0 from Severe 5.2:  Reduced risk to ships using Benghazi port as a result of LNA taking control of port and city. 
Malay Peninsula Moderate 1.0 from Moderate 1.2: Reduced risk to tankers, given that last successful oil cargo theft was in July 2015, and that since then most
 targeting of tankers since has been for petty robbery of ships stores/personal property.    
North Korea Elevated 2.2 from Elevated 2.1 Increased risk of disruption to shipping in the likely event of another North Korean missile test during US/South Korean
Russia -Elevated 2.0 from Elevated 1.9: Increased risk of disruption to shipping using Russian ports in Sea of Azov, following temporary Russian closures of the
 Strait of Kerch relating to bridge construction project.
South Korea High 2.3 from High 2.2: Increased risk of North Korean disruption to shipping near the disputed maritime boundary during US/South Korean exercise.
Ukraine High 3.1 from High 3.0: Increased risk of disruption to shipping using Ukrainian ports in Sea of Azov, following temporary Russian closures of the Strait
 of Kerch relating to bridge construction project.
Yemen  Severe 5.8 from Severe 5.6:  Increased insurgent use of unmanned marine IEDs against Saudi coalition warships and support ships increases risk to other
 shipping through misidentification


LocationRiskWarSeizure & ConfiscationDerelict WeaponsStrikesTerrorism
Algeria(Elevated) 1.7  Yes Yes
Argentina(Elevated) 2.0 Yes   
Azerbaijan(Moderate) 1.3 YesYes  
Bangladesh(Elevated) 1.6YesYes Yes 
Congo - Kinshasa (aka DRC)(Elevated) 1.9Yes  YesYes
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)(Elevated) 2.3Yes  YesYes
Egypt(High) 2.7Yes  YesYes
Equatorial Guinea(High) 2.5YesYes  Yes
Eritrea(Elevated) 2.2Yes    
Georgia(Elevated) 2.2YesYesYes Yes
Guinea(Elevated) 2.1   Yes 
Gulf of Aden sea area and to 65° E off the Somali coast, bound to the north by latitude 23°30 N, and bound to the south by 12°S and in the Red Sea by 14°N(High) 2.9    Yes
Gulf of Guinea, in the sea area between 4°30'W 5°8'44.274"N and 3°6'13.966"W 2°20'12.8"N in the west, and 9°46'18.636"E 2°20'12.8"N (Cameroon-Equatorial Guinea border) in the east.(High) 3.0    Yes
Indonesia(Elevated) 2.2YesYes Yes 
Iran(High) 2.4YesYesYes  
Iraq(High) 2.4YesYesYesYesYes
Israel and the PA(High) 3.0Yes    
Jordan(Elevated) 2.2Yes   Yes
Lebanon(Very high) 3.4YesYesYesYesYes
Libya(Severe) 5.0YesYes   
Malay Peninsula (Singapore Strait in its entirety and the South China Sea bound at 4°N to the north, 1°N to the south and 106°E to the east’.)(Moderate) 1.0    Yes
Nigeria(Very high) 3.6YesYes YesYes
North Korea(Elevated) 2.2YesYesYes  
Pakistan(Elevated) 1.9YesYes YesYes
Peru(Elevated) 1.9   Yes 
Philippines(High) 3.1Yes    
Russia: Black Sea coast within territorial waters(Elevated) 2.0   Yes 
Saudi Arabia(Elevated) 2.0Yes   Yes
Somalia(Very high) 3.9YesYesYesYesYes
South Korea(Elevated) 2.3YesYesYesYes 
Syria(Very high) 3.4YesYes Yes 
Uganda (Marine: Lake Albert)(High) 2.7Yes    
Ukraine: Black Sea coast within territorial waters(High) 3.1YesYes  Yes
Venezuela(Elevated) 2.1 Yes  Yes
Yemen(Severe) 5.8Yes YesYesYes

‘Risk’ indicates overall country risk. Subsequent columns specify whether or not there is a particular risk to cargo assets in the category quoted.

What is the Risk Scale?

6.5 And AboveExtreme
4.4 to 6.4Severe
3.2 to 4.3Very high
2.4 to 3.1High
1.6 to 2.3Elevated
0.8 to 1.5Moderate
0 to 0.7Low

The risk scale ranges from 0 - 10. The scores enable the comparison of risk between location, providing a greater degree of precision than risk bands alone (e.g. Extreme). Each risk band has been colour coded to be consistent with the system used by IHS Country Risk

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