Pirates in the Gulf of Guinea killed a seafarer and took another 15 seafarers hostage in an attack on Saturday. “Governments must take immediate action to prevent more seafarers being murdered in the Gulf of Guinea,” said David Heindel, ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair.
Piracy at Sea
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.
Dryad Global reported three separate piracy incidents in a single day.
The location of the incidents is shown in the map below, and a detailed description of the incidents tabulated in the attachment.
ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre released its 1st Quarter Report for Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia (January-March 2020), Single-sheet Summary, and Situation Slides.
Of the eight incidents reported in November 2019, five incidents (comprising four actual incidents and one attempted incident) occurred in the Singapore Strait.
Piracy and armed robbery incidents at sea are on the rise, with maritime vessels and their crews under increasing risk from hijacking, robbery and bodily harm. Globally, piracy attacks rose 11% between 2017 and 2018, according to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau.
Seafarers in many parts of the world continue to face the hazards of boardings by intruders and criminals, often carrying weapons. Recent incidents reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy
A fresh annual report from the International Maritime Bureau shows that attacks in West Africa helped push piracy numbers up in 2018.