Pirates Are Kidnapping More Seafarers Off West Africa, IMB Reports

ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) figures show a rise in piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas in the first nine months of 2020, with a 40% increase in the number of kidnappings reported in the Gulf of Guinea, compared with the same period in 2019. Pirates armed with guns and knives are abducting … More Pirates Are Kidnapping More Seafarers Off West Africa, IMB Reports

Crew Kidnapped in Furthest Offshore Act of Piracy Recorded within Gulf of Guinea.

Armed pirates have kidnapped 13 crew off the coast of Benin in West Africa on July 17. The product tanker Curacao Trader was around 244nm South Cotonou / 210nm WSW Bayelsa State Nigeria when eight pirates armed with machine guns boarded her as she was underway. The pirates held all crew members hostage, while they … More Crew Kidnapped in Furthest Offshore Act of Piracy Recorded within Gulf of Guinea.

Crew Kidnappings Surge in Seas Off West Africa, IMB Reports

Violent attacks against ships and their crews have risen in 2020, with 77 seafarers taken hostage or kidnapped for ransom since January, reveals the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest piracy report. The Gulf of Guinea off West Africa is increasingly dangerous for commercial shipping, accounting for just over 90% of maritime kidnappings worldwide. Meanwhile, … More Crew Kidnappings Surge in Seas Off West Africa, IMB Reports

Pirates Kidnap 6 Crew Off Nigerian Coast

Dryad Global, experts in maritime risk and global security, reports that a fishing vessel was attacked on the 24/06/2020 and crew kidnapped. The fishing vessel, the PANOFI FRONTIER, was attacked by several gunmen who approached the vessel by speed boat 61nm South of Cotonou Port. Following a successful boarding, the individuals left the vessel with 6 crew … More Pirates Kidnap 6 Crew Off Nigerian Coast

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