ICC 2019 Report: Unprecedented Number of Crew Kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea

Published on January 14, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 14: Despite overall piracy incidents declining in 2019, there was an alarming increase in crew kidnappings across the Gulf of Guinea, according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual piracy report. In 2019, IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre received 162 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships worldwide, in comparison to 201 reported incidents…

January 14, 2020
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Reducing Somalia’s Piracy By Building a Fishing Industry

Published on January 13, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 07: At the peak of the problem, in 2011, there were 237 incidents of piracy off Somalia and the Gulf of Aden (the sea separating Somalia and Yemen), accounting for more than half of all such incidents worldwide. The pirates would often hold shipping crews hostage for ransom. Somali piracy cost an estimated $6.6 billion in 2011 in international naval…

January 13, 2020
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Four Chinese Nationals Kidnapped Near Libreville Rescued

Published on January 13, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 12: Four Chinese nationals [two captains and two chief officers] abducted by pirates during a late December attack in waters off Owendo port in Libreville, Gabon’s capital were rescued recently in Nigeria, the Chinese Consulate to Lagos confirmed on Sunday. An official from the consulate told Chinese news agency Xinhua that the consulate has been working closely with…

January 13, 2020
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Nigerian Navy Frees Three Hostages Taken From AMBIKA Dredger

Published on January 10, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 08, 23:00 LT: The Nigerian Navy reportedly rescued three mariners (two Russians and one Indian) who had been kidnapped from the AMBIKA dredger on January 02. During the operation, an unspecified number of suspected pirates were killed and at least one was arrested. Further operations are underway to rescue other hostages. Source: AFP Tags:  Attack Data, Kidnapped, Nigerian…

January 10, 2020
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Ghana Starts Construction of New Naval Base in Ezilinbo to Improve Gulf of Guinea Security

Published on January 9, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 09: Ghana’s president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has officially launched construction of the country’s new naval base with a sod-turning ceremony. Akufo-Addo said the base is part of the country’s efforts to improve maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and protect the country’s oil and gas sector. Construction of the Forward Operating Base in Ezilinbo in the…

January 9, 2020
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Investigation Finds That Workers Likely Behind At Least One “Pirate” Attack Against Mexican Oil Platform

Published on January 9, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 02: Amongst hundreds of piracy incidents in the Gulf of Mexico in 2019, new investigations into incident/s against oil platforms in Tabasco and Campeche has revealed that workers likely perpetrated thefts and falsely reported them as piracy incidents. It is currently unclear from reports how many “piracy” incidents are under suspicion of being false reports. Local media reports…

January 9, 2020
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Three Crew Kidnapped From Dredger and Four Security Personnel Killed Near Mouth of Ramos River, Nigeria

Published on January 7, 2020 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments January 02, 23:00 UTC: The trailer suction hopper dredger AMBIKA (IMO #7931026) has reportedly been attacked approx. 9nm East of Forcados Terminal in Nigeria and 3nm from the mouth of the Ramos river (approx. position 05°07’8 N 005°20’4 E.) An unreported number of pirates armed with firearms approached and exchanged heavy fire with the embarked security team. At least…

January 7, 2020
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Eight Crew Kidnapped, One Injured, From Tanker at Limboh Anchorage, Cameroon

Published on December 31, 2019 by Johanna Loock   ·   No Comments December 30, 23:10 UTC: Eight crew have reportedly been kidnapped, and one wounded, after pirates boarded the Greek-flagged oil/chemical tanker MT HAPPY LADY (IMO #9644225) which she was at anchor at Limboh Terminal Anchorage approx. 3.3NM from shore in approx. position 03°58’N – 009°05’E. Initial reporting suggests that amongst the kidnapped crew are 5 Greek nationals, 2 Filipino, and…

December 31, 2019
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