According to reports, another Nigerian pirate accident took place in the Gulf of Guinea; This time, pirates attacked the FPSO Sendje Berge and kidnapped nine Nigerian nationals.
Gulf of Guinea
In a recent statement, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim welcomed the latest initiatives to address piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea, which has been a main piracy hotspot in the last years.
Following the piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea, the Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) expressed its concern at the the ineffectiveness of the international community to address the continuing piracy crisis.
Reporting indicates that the cargo vessel Rio Mitong has been attacked by a single speedboat with an unknown number of persons onboard. The perpetrators kidnapoed of two crew members.
Dryad Global, maritime security company, reported that 10 crew members have been kidnapped from a product tanker carrier 178 nautical miles south of Lagos, Nigeria, in the Gulf of Guinea.
In this report, Stable Seas explores Gulf of Guinea’s connections between maritime governance themes and security challenges, drawing on interviews conducted with experts and practitioners in seven countries across the region.
Pirates attacked a Portugal-flagged ship on April 21, kidnapping its captain as well as seven sailors off the coast of Benin.
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.
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.
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.
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