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BMP West Africa: New guidance to deter piracy issued

Amid a complex and dynamic maritime security situation in West Africa, a new publication provides Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security off the Coast of West Africa (BMP- West Africa) including the Gulf of Guinea.

Pirates attack container ship off Bonny Island

The Liberian-flagged container ship MV Lana became subject of a piracy attack while underway south of Bonny Island, Nigeria, in the Gulf of Guinea, according to Dryad Global. This is the first incident to occur within this specific area in 2020. 

Pirates kidnap seven crew from container vessel in Gulf of Guinea

Dryad Global Maritime Security reported a piracy incident in the Gulf of Guinea, where seven crew members have been kidnapped. The 2015-built, 957-teu MSC Talia F, that was carrying 17 seafarers, is believed to have been en-route from Lome, Togo to Port Libreville, Gabon at the time of the pirates’ boarding. 

COVID-19 impacts the maritime security

Dryad Global has been vocal about the impact of COVID-19 on the shipping sector and specifically on the security issues that already exist in the sector, also playing a negative role at global recession, logistical complexities, and geopolitical considerations.

US blacklists Chinese, South African companies for Iran oil trade

According to Reuters, the US Department of State identified seven companies that has blacklisted, due to their involvement in Iranian petrochemincals’ transport, marketing and sale. In fact, three of the seven companies are Chinese-based, while another three are in Hong Kong and one in South Africa.

Should the Indian Ocean HRA be sustained?

During the 2020 SAFETY4SEA London Forum, Philip Diacon, Owner/ Director, Dryad Global, discussed key maritime security issues and illustrated the changing environment in the Indian Ocean 2011-2019.

COVID-19 travel restrictions affect armed guards placement

Dryad Global express their concern about the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has on placing armed guards onboard vessels, noting that on a large volume of transits through the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden and Southern Red Sea, the embarkation of Armed Security is an unnecessary cost.


Are we doing enough to keep crew healthy?

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