Defence Web on 3rd August reported that pirates have kidnapped 35 seafarers off Nigeria in the first half of 2018 as piracy continues to be problematic in the Gulf of Guinea, with Nigeria the focus of attacks. According to the EOS Risk Group, Nigeria continues to be the world’s epicentre for piracy activity. An analyst for EOS Risk group is quoted as saying that most concerning this year has been the resurgence of ‘petro-piracy’, involving the hijacking of tankers for oil theft. To mitigate the risk, EOS recommends Masters implement Global Counter Piracy Guidance (GCPG) measures and where additional protection is required, they say shipping companies may require armed escort vessels and embarked guards where domestic law permits.
Details of the Global Counter Piracy Guidance (GCPG) measures can be found at –
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