Nigeria will commission $195 million worth of aircraft, boats and vehicles during the next three months, aiming to improve security in the Gulf of Guinea, as Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi informed.
British security intelligence firm Dryad Global issued its annual report for 2020, providing an overview of piracy trends worldwide. The report reveals that robberies are the most prevalent incident type in West Africa, but kidnapping incidents remain unacceptably high in Gulf of Guinea. Meanwhile, incidents in Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia remain low.
Five people were arrested by the Indonesian Navy patrol on February 21, following a sea robbery attempt onboard the Malaysian-flagged barge “Linau-133” in Karang Banteng Waters off Singapore Strait.
The curfew in the waters off seven districts in Malaysia’s Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone), which was supposed to end on February 14, has been extended until March 1.
It is known that the Gulf of Guinea remains a hotspot for piracy incidents, as the latest IMB Piracy Annual Report revealed. To remind, 35 crew were kidnapped from their vessels in 2020, with the GoG accounting for over than 95% of crew kidnap numbers. Amid this crew kidnapping crisis that shipping industry is dealing with, speakers at the 2021 SAFETY4SEA Talk on security, discussed about key anti-piracy measures and the security challenges for the operators.
Fifteen crew members of a cargo ship that were kidnapped last month in the Gulf of Guinea have been freed, Turkish media report.
Mr Pierre Morcos from CSIS ( Center for Strategic & International Studies) mentions that a vast maritime zone of 2.3 million square kilometers and 5700 kilometers of coastline with considerable economic wealth, the Gulf of Guinea has recently been plagued by a succession of acts of piracy, making this maritime space one of the most dangerous and unstable in the world.
Recent reporting notes that the MT Maria E has been boarded 108nm SW Sao Tome, on February 9, near the previously reported hijacked Liapenguy 809.
Τhe Gabon flagged fishing vessel Lianpengyu, with 14 crew onboard, has been reportedly hijacked off Port Gentil, Gabon, on February 7.
A small boat launched from a mother vessel approached the MT Seaking, with the attackers trying to unsuccessfully board the ship. The attack took place on February 8, off Port Gentil, Gabon.
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