Gulf of Guinea piracy incidents have reached new heights this year, reveals a security report by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
The International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB)’s annual piracy report recorded an increase of piracy and armed robbery incidents in 2020.
Trouble is brewing again in the Gulf of Guinea and this time it’s a Maersk containership that is facing the burnt. Maersk Cardiff, the containership in the region has been attacked in a span of few hours over the night.
Piracy attacks in Nigeria have always been a cause of concern for shippers as repeated attacks and hijacks puts cargo vessels and maritime trade in jeopardy.
According to Dryad, tanker vessel MV AGISILAOS was boarded by an unknown number of persons while underway resulting in the kidnap of 4 crew (2 Filipino, 1 Romanian, 1 Russian).
The cargo ship ZHEN HUA 7 was on its way to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea under the flag of Liberia, when it was attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, 78 nautical miles northwest of the African island state of Sao Tome and Principe on November 13 at around 1500 UTC.
The history of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea dates back decades, but it is only in the past few years that the criminal model has taken a more sophisticated and violent turn.
The Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) expresses its growing frustration at the ineffectiveness of the international community to address the continuing piracy crisis in the Gulf of Guinea.
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 IMB annual piracy report.