Unprecedented Number of Crew Kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea Despite a Drop in Overall Global Numbers

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 … More Unprecedented Number of Crew Kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea Despite a Drop in Overall Global Numbers

Four Killed and Three Kidnapped After Firefight on Oil Dredger Off Nigerian Coast

Dryad Global, Experts in Maritime Risk and Global Security, have reported that the Oil Dredger AMBIKA was attacked on 2nd January 2020 while operating 3 nautical miles from the mouth of RAMOS river and 9 nautical miles east of the Forcados oil terminal, Nigeria It is understood that a firefight occurred between the embarked security … More Four Killed and Three Kidnapped After Firefight on Oil Dredger Off Nigerian Coast

Tanker Attacked in the Gulf of Guinea – All Indian Crew Kidnapped

On December 15,  the chemical product tanker MT DUKE was attacked by pirates, South East of Lomé Togo in the Gulf of Guinea, kidnapping all of the Indian crew.  The Marshal Island’s flag vessel managed by V.Ships Ship Management (India) Pvt Ltd.,  reported that contact was lost with the vessel between 0700 hrs-0800 hrs local … More Tanker Attacked in the Gulf of Guinea – All Indian Crew Kidnapped

9 Kidnapped by Pirates from MV Bonita

03.11.2019 – The J.J. Ugland Companies, bulk vessel MV Bonita was boarded by pirates very early Saturday morning (1st November 2019) off Cotonou/Benin while she was at anchor. Nine crew members were kidnapped from the vessel while she was waiting to berth to discharge her inbound cargo of gypsum. The remaining crew notified the local authorities, and … More 9 Kidnapped by Pirates from MV Bonita

Passenger Dies After Going Overboard from Costa Pacifica

A passenger has been confirmed dead, after going overboard the Costa Cruises liner, the Costa Pacifica in the Gulf of Cadiz.   NATO Allied Maritime confirmed in a release that NATO Maritime Forces assisted with the search and rescue for a person reported missing from an Italian cruise ship sailing off the coast of Spain. NATO … More Passenger Dies After Going Overboard from Costa Pacifica

Crew Member Dies In Croatia, After Going Overboard

A Royal Caribbean crew member has died after going overboard the cruise ship, Rhapsody of the Seas. The crew member, identified as a 35-year-old Indian citizen, Mansley Pereira was reported overboard whilst the Rhapsody of the Seas was docked in the Croatian cruise port of Dubrovnik, Croatia. A spokesman for the Ministry of Maritime Affairs … More Crew Member Dies In Croatia, After Going Overboard

Gulf of Guinea Countries Losing $2Billion Annually to Pirates

According to a report over the weekend in Nigeria’s leading daily newspaper This Day, the Chief of the Nigerian Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, has revealed that Nigeria and other countries in the Gulf of Guinea are currently losing a sum of $2 billion to pirate attacks annually.  Speaking at the Annual General … More Gulf of Guinea Countries Losing $2Billion Annually to Pirates

Armed Piracy Attack off Coast of Malaysia

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) have issued a warning for mariners operating in the region of Sabah, Malaysia to exercise extreme caution after 3 crew members were abducted by masked and heavily armed men. On 23rd September, at about 1200 hours (local time) seven masked-men … More Armed Piracy Attack off Coast of Malaysia

Armed Security Teams Provided to Vessels at Douala Port – Cameroon

Cameroon is to supply armed security teams to vessels docking at Douala Port, in an attempt to stop the recent spate of pirate attacks on vessels at anchorage. The information notice states; “Concerning security measures for the benefit of vessels anchoring at the Base Buoy. Ship owners and shipping agents of vessels calling at Douala … More Armed Security Teams Provided to Vessels at Douala Port – Cameroon