Two patrol vessels join the fleet operated by Homeland Integrated Offshore Services in Nigeria, specifically in the Gulf of Guinea in order to protect and boost the offshore assets of Homeland’s clients, among which are major oil companies.
Singapore-based owner of gas carriers BW LPG informed that one of its vessels, the ‘BW Frigg’ became subject of an attempted piracy attack on 29 October, but the attack was successfully thwarted by the ‘fast reflexes’ of the crew. To honor the crew for their bravery an appreciation ceremony was held onboard.
Maritime crime poses a serious threat to the safety of seafarers, international trade, and regional stability. In order to deal with this issue, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime created the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme, to combat maritime crime.
ABC2 News reports that urban pirates have started weekly meal deliveries to eighteen men who have been stranded on a ship in Baltimore for nearly two months.
In this video by Al Jazeera, Matt Walje, author of the ‘State of Maritime Piracy’ provides an overview of the security situation in Western Indian, Gulf of Guinea and Southeast Asia regions. He highlights that during last year, a rise in kidnapping and violence was noted and that the Gulf of Guinea is considered as the most dangerous region for seafarers.
Video shows that the stage is being set for piracy’s return off the coast of Somalia. At least 9 merchant vessels, five dhows, and one fishing vessel reported being approached or attacked by Somali pirates. The five dhows were all successfully hijacked by pirates.
Video illustrates that coastal states in the Gulf of Guinea may have taken steps to increase their naval capacity, resulting in a few high profile arrests and a reduction in the number of hijacking for cargo theft but they have failed to establish effective systems for prosecution.
Rod Lingard, Joint MD, Hellenic War Risks analysed ”The current status of Piracy in the Gulf Guinea” at 2015 SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum
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