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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...

CSIS: A Transatlantic Approach to Address Growing Maritime Insecurity in the...

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The recent news headline said it all: “Pirates kidnap 15 Turkish sailors in attack on container ship” off the Nigerian coast in the Gulf of Guinea....

Pirates target two tankers in Gulf of Guinea

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Two vessels have been attacked by pirates; one in the Gulf of Guinea and the other just outside of it, possibly by the same...

Pirates who kidnapped Turks make contact to talk ransom: media

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Pirates who kidnapped 15 sailors from a Turkish-crewed container ship in the Gulf of Guinea on Saturday have made their first contact with the...

No word from pirates who seized sailors off Nigeria, Turkey says

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Pirates who seized 15 sailors when they stormed a Turkish-crewed container ship in the Gulf of Guinea two days ago have not yet made...

Explainer: Why are pirates attacking ships in the Gulf of Guinea?

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Pirates are stepping up attacks on ships in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, defying regional navies. On Saturday, pirates off Nigeria kidnapped 15 sailors...

Gulf of Guinea confirmed as world piracy hotspot

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Close on two hundred incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported worldwide last year, with the Gulf of Guinea cementing the...

Gulf of Guinea attacks continue

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Pirate attacks continue unabated in the Gulf of Guinea with bulk carrier Stevia the latest to report an attack with eight crew kidnapped, but...

Gulf of Guinea pirates strike again

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The Maltese-flagged chemical tanker Sea Ranger was the second in a week to be on the unwanted receiving end of attention from pirates in...

Gulf of Guinea attacks continue

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A pair of tankers, one Greek-flagged and the other Maltese-flagged, was unsuccessfully approached by pirate action groups (PAGs) in the Gulf of Guinea over...

Failed Gulf of Guinea attacks

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Two failed pirate attacks were reported in the Gulf of Guinea this week, with the would-be attackers deterred by fire from Nigerian Navy teams...

Pirates target tanker and fishing vessel

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A fishing vessel and a chemical tanker are the latest victims of pirate action groups (PAGs) in the Gulf of Guinea. The attacks happened in...

Crew kidnapped in Gulf of Guinea attack

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Ten crew members of the cargo vessel Milan were kidnapped in yet another piracy incident in the Gulf of Guinea this week. According to Praesidium...

Three more Gulf of Guinea attacks

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The Gulf of Guinea continues to live up to its world’s worst rating for pirate and ship attacks with at least another three reported...

Another Gulf of Guinea pirate attack

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The Benin exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Gulf of Guinea has recorded its fourth pirate attack in a week. Praesidium International reports the Marshall...

Another Gulf of Guinea pirate attack

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The Gulf of Guinea is maintaining its reputation as the world hotspot for ship attacks with a Marshall Islands flagged tanker the third to...

Gulf of Guinea pirate attack unsuccessful

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Pirates unsuccessfully attempted to board a tanker in Gulf of Guinea, bringing to three the number of aborted attacks in the West African body...

Another vessel boarded in the Gulf of Guinea

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A product tanker has been boarded in the Gulf of Guinea but the crew are safe in what was the 14th such incident in...

The Past Week in Defence #25 (12-18 October)

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In this week’s edition, on the continent, the Gulf of Guinea is a world hotspot for kidnappings at sea, Ghana allocates $86 million for...

Gulf of Guinea is world hotspot for kidnappings at sea

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A steep increase in kidnappings at sea – 40% - make the Gulf of Guinea off Africa’s west coast the world hotspot for this...

Pirates kidnap seven Russian sailors in Gulf of Guinea

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Pirates have kidnapped seven Russian sailors from the crew of a ship in the Gulf of Guinea, the Russian Embassy in Nigeria said on...

Crew kidnappings on the rise off West Africa

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The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has warned that violent attacks against ships and their crews have increased this year, with the Gulf of Guinea...

Kidnapped captain of Portugal-flagged ship freed-Bulgaria

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The Bulgarian captain of a Portuguese-flagged cargo ship who was kidnapped along with seven other sailors by pirates off the coast of Benin last...

More ships attacked in Gulf of Guinea and crew kidnapped

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Three vessels have been attacked in the Gulf of Guinea in the latest incidences of piracy and maritime crime off West Africa, with six...

More pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea

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Ten crew have been kidnapped from a tanker off Nigeria and two fishing trawlers have been boarded in the latest incidents of maritime crime...

Gulf of Guinea still world’s piracy hotspot

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Seafarers face continuing threats from pirates and armed robbers on the world’s seas, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said, reporting 47 attacks in the...

More pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea

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In the last week several more pirate attacks have been carried out in the Gulf of Guinea, with a number of crew kidnapped. According to...

Seven crew kidnapped off container ship near Gabon

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The container vessel MSC Talia F has been attacked by pirates off the coast of Gabon, with seven crew abducted. The vessel was attacked on...

SA Navy can support Gulf of Guinea anti-piracy ops, but…

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Taken purely in terms of manpower and platforms there is no reason why the SA Navy should not be in the Gulf of Guinea,...

Extra security for Indian Ocean shipping no longer justified as East...

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As the threat of piracy off the East Coast of Africa declines, the significant security costs for transits in the Indian Ocean and through...

Crew kidnappings increase in the Gulf of Guinea

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Despite overall piracy incidents declining in 2019, there was “an alarming increase” in crew kidnappings across the Gulf of Guinea, according to the International...

Nigerian waters are most at risk from pirates in the world...

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The four-year-old Maritime Information Co-operation and Awareness (MICA) centre’s latest annual report points out maritime insecurity in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea remains high while...

Piracy surges in the Gulf of Guinea with spate of deadly...

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Pirates in the Gulf of Guinea have kidnapped three seafarers and killed four security personnel in the latest incident in the region, which has...

Another ship attacked off Nigeria, 19 crew kidnapped

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A cargo tanker has been attacked off the Nigerian coast and 19 crew kidnapped in the latest incident in the Gulf of Guinea. It...

Seven crew kidnapped from vessel off West Africa

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Seven crewmembers from the offshore supply tug Pacific Warden have been kidnapped off the coast of Equatorial Guinea. Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO), which operates the...

ISS: Gulf of Guinea must look east to solve its pirate...

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A few years ago piracy off the east coast of Africa, focusing on Somalia, was a major crisis, attracting extensive international attention. Now it...

New base and vessels for Ghana’s Navy

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Ghana has recently signed a contract worth $200 million to construct a Forward Operating Base (FOB) at Edzinlibo in the Western Region in order...

Ten Turkish sailors kidnapped off Nigerian coast in latest pirate attack

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Nigerian pirates have taken hostage ten Turkish sailors after attacking their cargo vessel off the coast of Nigeria in the latest attack to hit...

ISS: Can we afford to drop the guard against piracy?

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Pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia have dropped dramatically over the past eight years – from 237 incidents in 2011 to nine in...

London symposium focuses on Gulf of Guinea piracy

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Piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea were highlighted at a recent high-level symposium which agreed urgent action is needed to ensure...

Tackling maritime threats and challenges in the Gulf of Guinea: Contributions...

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The strategic value attached to the sea and resources therein usually heightens the exposure of littoral nations to maritime security breaches. Contiguous states are...

Gabon gets new maritime operations centre

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Gabon’s navy has accepted a new maritime operations centre (MOC), which was built by the United States Navy’s Seabees. It will support Gabon in...

Pirate attacks continue in West Africa

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The Gulf of Guinea has recorded its third ship hijacking this month, with a chemical tanker captured off Togo, as the region continues to...

Indian sailors held captive by Nigerian pirates

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Five Indian sailors remain captive after being kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Nigeria last month. The sailors were abducted on 19 April when...

Spanish, Equatorial Guinea navies rescue vessel from pirates

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The Spanish Navy has rescued a Maltese-flagged vessel from pirates off the coast of Equatorial Guinea in conjunction with a Guinean frigate. The Spanish defence...

Securing Ghana’s shared seas

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Ghana is making efforts to deal with illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) fishing in its waters, with collaboration, technology and training seen as...

Spanish Navy rescues Nigerian vessel from pirates

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The Spanish Navy’s offshore patrol vessel Serviola has rescued the crew of a Nigerian-flagged vessel in the Gulf of Guinea from pirates, who had...