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Updated threat assessment for Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Bab al Mandeb Strait, Northwest Indian Ocean

07 June 2023

A new Internationally Releasable Threat Assessments (IRTA) has been issued by Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and EU Naval Forces. It is the assessment that the threat from Somali pirates and from terrorists is “benign” i.e. lower than low. However, there are threats related to the ongoing conflict between in Yemen between the Saudi-Led coalition and the Houthi rebel group. These threats are perceived as low for general shipping, but moderate to substantial to ships involved in the conflict in Yemen or engaged in oil activities near Yemeni ports.

13% of world seaborne trade under attack from Houthis and Somali pirates

19 March 2024

Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea, coupled with a rise in piracy off the coast of Somalia, are disrupting global trade. In 2023 an estimated 13% of global seaborne trade transited through these areas. However, the attacks have reduced the number of ships transiting the area by 50%.