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Version 141

13 October 2017

This is Version 141 of the Marine Watch List. It was last updated on 13 October 2017.

Location Description Changes:




Risk Level Changes:

Syria High 3.1 from Very High 3.4: Implementation of Astana de-escalation plan in central Syria reduces risk of insurgent attacks against ports of Latakia and
 Tartous and of collateral damage to shipping.

Risk Score Changes:

Congo DRC  Elevated 1.8 from Elevated 1.9: Infrequency of either targeted attacks or collateral damage against ships or port infrastructure in DRC as a result of
 civil unrest, criminality or secessionist militancy indicates reduced risk.
Cote d’Ivoire Elevated 2.2 from Elevated 2.3: Reduced operational range of Nigeria-based gangs indicates continuing reduction in piracy risk in Ivorian waters.
Libya Severe 4.8 from Severe 5.0: Increased capacity of militias forming Libyan Coastguard positive for marine risks off western Tripolitania.
Nigeria Very High 3.4 from Very High 3.6: Although crew kidnap risks remain high, incidents of sea robbery are decreasing and there has been no recent successful
 hijack of a vessel in Nigerian waters.


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) 1.8Yes  YesYes
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)(Elevated) 2.2Yes  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) 4.8YesYes   
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) 3.4YesYes 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(High) 3.1 Yes 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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