Piracy in Gulf of Guinea
The Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) expressed regret and frustration over the ineffectiveness of the international community to address the continuing piracy crisis in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).
Back in June 2020 the CSC said it raised grave concerns about the worsening piracy situation in the GoG and invited action by governments.
“Unfortunately, the CSC is sad to observe that we have now reached the end of 2020 and despite the efforts being made by the industry, the situation remains gravely dangerous for ships trading in the GoG,” the chamber said in a statement.
According to the last report of the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC), in the first nine months of 2020, there was a 40 per cent increase in the number of kidnappings reported in the Gulf of Guinea, compared with the same period in 2019.
Approximately 95 per cent of the global kidnappings during that period occurred in the Gulf of Guinea, involving 80 crewmembers being kidnapped in 14 attacks off Nigeria, Benin, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Ghana.
The CSC said it welcomes the creation of the Nigerian government and Industry Joint Working Group (NIWG) that aims to facilitate coordination between government and industry and align efforts to deter and respond to incidents of piracy and armed robbery in Nigerian territorial waters and EEZ.
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