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Piracy on the rise in the Gulf of Guinea

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The Gulf of Guinea on Africa’s upper west coast is again highlighted as a world piracy hotspot in the latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB)...

Gulf of Guinea countries join forces to secure maritime domain

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Shipowners operating in the Gulf of Guinea received a piracy alert in late June after a Swiss bulk carrier vessel was boarded and some...

Royal Navy Warship HMS Trent strengthens maritime security partnership with Nigeria

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The Royal Navy’s offshore patrol vessel HMS Trent is once again visiting, Nigeria, reiterating its dedication to enhancing maritime security in West Africa. The...

Gulf of Guinea piracy on the up

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There’s concern about an increase in piracy in Gulf of Guinea waters off Africa’s west coast with the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) calling for...

Piracy in West Africa dropped in 2022, but criminals are moving...

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Piracy and maritime crime continued to decline in the Gulf of Guinea last year, largely in response to heightened regional and international anti-piracy efforts,...

Bulker Nyon boarded by pirates off West Africa

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The bulk carrier Nyon is the latest ship to have been attacked by West African pirates after being boarded by four armed men on...

Global piracy incidents continue to decline, including Gulf of Guinea

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Another drop in reported piracy incidents – this time for the first quarter of 2023 – does not mean the threat is over, with...

Another vessel boarded by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea

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The Singapore-flagged tanker Success 9 has been boarded by pirates off the Ivory Coast in the latest attack in the region. Security company Praesidium International...

Coastal countries try to learn lessons from extremism’s spread in the...

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As Gulf of Guinea countries confront growing extremism on the northern borders, experts are urging them to find ways to engage with local populations...

Global piracy at three decade low

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The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) wants maritime security efforts sustained worldwide as maritime piracy and armed robbery...

Cocaine shipment worth over 150 million euros seized in Gulf of...

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The French Navy has seized nearly 5 tons of cocaine from a Brazilian vessel in the Gulf of Guinea. The shipment was destined for...

Downward trend in piracy continues in the Gulf of Guinea

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Piracy appears to be on the decline with reported incidents in the Gulf of Guinea – long accepted as the world’s piracy hotspot –...

Nigeria and shipping industry launch strategy to eliminate Gulf of Guinea...

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The Government of Nigeria and shipping stakeholders have launched a strategy to end piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG). Despite a...

Piracy incidents at a 28-year low

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Proof that efforts to combat piracy across the world’s oceans are working comes from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), which reports the first half...

ASF to take on continental anti-piracy tasking

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The African Union (AU) go-to when armed reaction is needed to stop insurrection, conflict or other violence on the continent will also be part...

Combating piracy in the world’s most dangerous waters

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The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution on combating piracy in West Africa. Norway and Ghana introduced the initiative and led the...

Feature: Nigerian Navy makes giant strides in Gulf of Guinea operations

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The Nigerian Navy has made great strides over the past few years in its efforts to address maritime insecurity in West Africa and the...

Major decline in West African piracy, but Gulf of Guinea remains...

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Piracy off West African in 2021 declined dramatically – almost by half compared to the previous year – but the region still remains the...

USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams completes Gulf of Guinea maritime security patrol

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The US Navy’s Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB 4) has arrived at Naval Station Rota, Spain, following a successful maritime security...

Gulf of Guinea piracy down

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Just seven piracy incidents were recorded in the Gulf of Guinea, widely seen as the world’s piracy hotspot, in the first quarter of this...

Italian Navy frigate patrolling Gulf of Guinea

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The Italian Navy frigate Luigi Rizzo is patrolling the Gulf of Guinea on behalf of the European Union, with its main mission to prevent...

Apparent decline in West African piracy should be treated with caution

A decline last year in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, which has for some time been the epicentre of maritime crime, should be...

Gulf of Guinea states must act and prosecute suspected pirates, BIMCO...

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States in the Gulf of Guinea region must take responsibility and step-up prosecution efforts when pirates are apprehended by international navies, the Baltic and...

Piracy drops to 18 year low

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“Vigorous action” by authorities is cited as one reason for last year seeing the lowest recorded level of piracy and armed robbery at sea...

Maritime momentum in West Africa

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On 15 May 2020, 10 pirates boarded the Chinese-flagged Hailufeng 11, subdued the 18 crew members and turned off its automatic identification system (AIS)....

Six crew kidnapped off container ship in the Gulf of Guinea

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Six crew members have been kidnapped from the container vessel Tonsberg in the Gulf of Guinea in the latest pirate attack in the region. The...

Danish frigate kills four pirates in Gulf of Guinea

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A Danish frigate has killed four pirates in waters south of Nigeria in an operation to protect shipping in the Gulf of Guinea, the...

Maritime exercise Grand African Nemo underway in Gulf of Guinea

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The French led exercise Grand African Nemo 2021 has kicked off in the Gulf of Guinea, with participation by 19 local and ten international...

Russian Navy fends off pirates in the Gulf of Guinea

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A Russian Navy destroyer has fended off a pirate attack on a container ship near the western coast of Africa, Russia’s Defence Ministry said...

Danish frigate headed to Gulf of Guinea

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The Danish frigate Esbern Snare has departed Denmark for the Gulf of Guinea, where it will patrol for pirates and ensure law and order...

Further decline in reported piracy incidents

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Piracy incidents in the first nine months of 2021 are the lowest reported in 17 years with, at the other end of the scale,...

HMS Trent deploys to West Africa to support maritime security

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Royal Navy patrol ship HMS Trent has set sail to the waters of the Gulf of Guinea as she heads for security patrols and...

Piracy down, but African countries still need to do more to...

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The seas off West Africa, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, have been a hotspot for increasingly violent maritime crime, particularly piracy. In 2020,...

Italian Navy warship patrolling the Gulf of Guinea

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The Italian Navy’s Carlo Bergamini class frigate Antonio Marceglia has departed Italy for the Gulf of Guinea, where it will take part in the...

Crewmember apparently kidnapped by pirates off Gabon

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Pirates operating off Libreville, Gabon, appear to have kidnapped a crewmember after boarding the offshore supply vessel Tampen. Dryad Global reported that the vessel was...

Global piracy down, Gulf of Guinea still a concern

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Incidents of international piracy and armed robbery are at their lowest level in 27 years, according to International Maritime Bureau (IMB) statistics, with the...

Nigeria launches Deep Blue maritime security project

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President Muhammadu Buhari has officially launched Nigeria’s Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure programme, also known as the Deep Blue Project, which aims...

Crew kidnapped from Ghanaian fishing vessel as West African piracy continues

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Five crew are reported kidnapped off the Ghanaian fishing vessel Iris S in the Gulf of Guinea in the latest incident of piracy in...

World maritime body wants action on Gulf of Guinea piracy

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The Gulf of Guinea is repeatedly the worst body of water in the world for mariners with high rates of piracy which a top...

Tuna fishing vessel crew kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea

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Five crew members of the fishing vessel Atlantic Princess were kidnapped after pirates boarded her south of the Ghanaian port Tema. According to Dryad Global...

The Past Week in Defence #49 (12 April – 18 April...

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In this week’s edition, on the continent, the Gulf of Guinea retains its world piracy hotspot status, The Nigerian Navy receives its new survey...

Gulf of Guinea retains world piracy hotspot status

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Africa, particularly the Gulf of Guinea, remains the world hotspot for piracy with 43% of all incidents reported in the first quarter of this...

French Navy seizes six ton of cocaine in the Gulf of...

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The French Navy’s amphibious helicopter carrier Dixmude has seized six tons of cocaine at sea in what the French defence ministry said is a...

Fifteen crew kidnapped in Gulf of Guinea

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The Gulf of Guinea remains one of the most dangerous bodies of water worldwide for seafarers with the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) urging ships...

Piracy off West Africa at “breaking point”

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The seas off West Africa, particularly the Gulf of Guinea, are synonymous with piracy and other maritime crime. Respected maritime risk and security analysts...

International Maritime Organisation urges action to deter piracy in Gulf of...

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The United Nations’ International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has expressed deep concern about the escalation in the number and severity of attacks on ships and...

Sailors kidnapped off Nigeria return to Turkey, describe death threats and...

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Fifteen Turkish sailors kidnapped by pirates last month in the Gulf of Guinea arrived back in Turkey on Sunday and the ship’s captain described...

ISS: Gulf of Guinea piracy: a symptom, not a cause, of...

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Focusing on piracy is counter-productive if strategies neglect other maritime security problems in coastal communities. Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea appears to be worse...

Tanker attack in Gulf of Guinea

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A pirate action group (PAG) operating in the Gulf of Guinea is thought to be behind yet another attack this time on a tanker. According...

Pirate action group believed to be operating in Gulf of Guinea

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A pirate action group (PAG) has been operating along the West African coast since 6 February and is believed to be using a captured...

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