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Circular Ref: A(24)75

Members are invited to consider the most recent Risk Intelligence reports provided at the annexes as follows:

  • Annex A – Monthly Report
  • Annex B – Red Sea Update
  • Annex C – Northern Black Sea Report

Annex A provides the monthly report, which focuses on the situation in coastal countries along the Red Sea. It is reported that while Houthi attacks against commercial shipping have been the main focus in recent months, crises in other countries are also a cause of concern and should be closely monitored due to their potential longer-term impact on the maritime environment. Furthermore, various countries are trying to increase their influence in this strategically important region.

Annex B provides the most recent report on the situation in the Red Sea, where attacks by Houthi forces continue to threaten merchant ships and seafarers. The Northern Black Sea Report provided at Annex C puts the week’s main incidents into a broader context to highlight current threat levels and potential changes for maritime operations. The report also contains a port status overview and forecast that cover the main concerns going forward.

In accordance with the scope of the agreement between ICS and Risk Intelligence, members are requested not to circulate the report further in its entirety. Members may precis the report or use extracts from it to help advise members on key issues or to assist in enquiries. In such cases, Risk Intelligence should be acknowledged as the source of the information.

The report also covers incidents that took place between April1 – 30, 2024, in West Africa, the Western Indian Ocean (including the Persian Gulf), and South East Asia.

If members have any comments or questions please direct them the John Stawpert, Senior Manager,(Environment and Trade) at (

MC(24)55 -Annex A – Monthly Intelligence Report May 2024

MC(24)55 -Annex B – 2024-05-01 Risk Intelligence – Security Threat Update Red Sea & Gulf of Aden

MC(24)55 -Annex C – Risk Intelligence Northern Black Sea – Russia Ports Report_02MAY2024

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