SEAS OFF WEST AFRICA WORLD’S WORST FOR PIRATE ATTACKS

On 8th July, the International Chamber of Commerce published an article saying that the seas around West Africa remain the world’s most dangerous for piracy, the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest report reveals.  Of the 75 seafarers taken hostage onboard or kidnapped for ransom worldwide so far this year, 62 were captured in the Gulf of Guinea – off the coasts of Nigeria, Guinea, Togo, Benin and Cameroon.  The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) recorded 78 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the first half of 2019, compared with 107 incidents for the same period of 2018. Overall, 57 vessels were boarded successfully, representing 73% of all attacks.  It provides some detail of problems in the Gulf of Guinea, and also touches upon those off South America.

https://icc-ccs.org/index.php/1279-seas-off-west-africa-world-s-worst-for-pirate-attacks-imb-reports

https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/how-to-sink-the-pirates-plaguing-west-africa/

 

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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