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Pirates attack container ship off Gulf of Guinea

Maersk Tema, a container ship operated by Bernhard Schulte Ship, was attacked by two speedboats in the Gulf of Guinea on February 14. The crew initiated emergency procedures, while it is not known if the pirates managed to board the ship.

ECSA warns about the Gulf of Guinea

ECSA raised the alarm about the dire security situation in the Gulf of Guinea, at the ECR Conference on Maritime Security and the Blue Economy in the European Parliament on Wednesday, February 5.

Ghana wants more investment to improve maritime security

Experts from Ghana’s Maritime Security sector urged for more investment towards enhancing maritime security, in order to protect Ghana’s territorial waters, after the rise in maritime security threats across the West African sub-region.

Pirates provided medical assistance to ‘Duke’s’ kidnapped crew member

After the attack on the crude oil tanker ‘Duke’, 20 crew were abducted on December 15. According to V.Ships Management (India) 19 seafarers were released on January 19, but one crew lost his life. Now, new information emerges, noting that the pirates provided medical assistance to the ill crew member, but were not able to save him.

Pirates fire upon containership off Nigeria

Another piracy incident was reported in Nigeria, as a group of armed men fired upon a containership, located about 19 nautical miles South West of Bayelsa on January 21, Tuesday. Following, the crew has been reported to be safe and unharmed. 

Pirates release crew of ‘Happy Lady’

The eight crew members that were abducted from the Greek-flagged “Happy Lady” tanker while at Limboh port in Cameroon have been released. The attack had taken place in the end of December.

BIMCO advises on GoG tensions and new US clauses

BIMCO provides guidance to the shipping stakeholders concerning the escalated tensions in the Gulf of Guinea, followed by the killing of General Qassem Soleimani by a US drone in early January 2020, and retaliation by Iran.

US issues new security advisory for Gulf of Guinea

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the United States Department of Transportation issued one new advisory to commercial shipping, canceling the earlier ones issued in 2019. Namely, the 2020-002-Gulf of Guinea-Piracy/Armed Robbery/Kidnapping for Ransom, cancels the the U.S. Maritime Advisory 2019-010.

Pirates release Duke crew, one dead during captivity

Nineteen crew that were kidnapped by pirates from the oil tanker ‘MT Duke’ off Benin last month, have been released, while one died during the captivity. The twenty Indian crew were kidnapped on December 15.

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