A dry cargo vessel was boarded and robbed by armed criminals on September 14, in the Conakry anchorage, Guinea.
ccording to Ambrey, three robbers armed with AK style rifles and blades boarded the “Martina,” while two others remained onboard a boat.
Upon seeing the pirates. the crew mustered in the citadel, and the criminals robbed the vessel. No crew injuries were reported.
The vessel was not under the protection of any naval guards at the time.
Cautious gains in the Gulf of Guinea
According to the recent IMB piracy report, of the 58 incidents, 12 were reported in the Gulf of Guinea, ten of which defined as armed robberies and the remaining two as piracy. In early April, a Panamax bulk carrier was attacked and boarded by pirates 260NM off the coast of Ghana. This illustrates that despite a decrease in reported incidents, the threat of Gulf of Guinea piracy and crew kidnappings remains.
IMB PRC commends the prompt and positive actions of the Italian Navy which undoubtedly resulted in the crew and ship being saved. It urges the Coastal response agencies and independent international navies to continue their efforts to ensure this crime is permanently addressed in these waters which account for 74% of crew taken hostage globally.
The strategy establishes a mechanism to periodically assess the effectiveness of country-piracy initiatives and commitments in the GoG. Targeted at all stakeholders operating in the region, it will identify areas of improvement and reinforcement in order to eliminate piracy.