ITF Calls for Urgent Action to Fight Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has called for urgent global and regional cooperation to fight piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region amid the growing number of attacks in the region. The call for comes comes after two vessels were targetted in the Gulf of Guinea last week. The first incident took place November 2 when pirates kidnapped nine crew … [Read more...]

Pirates Kidnap Ten Turkish Sailors Off Nigeria

ANKARA, July 16 (Reuters) - Ten Turkish sailors were taken hostage by armed pirates who attacked a Turkish-flagged cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria, the vessel's owner said on Tuesday, adding that another eight sailors were left safely aboard. Turkey's foreign ministry said the sailors were seized on Saturday evening. After the pirates left the ship it was taken to … [Read more...]

Pirates Release Six Russians Kidnapped from MSC Mandy in Gulf of Guinea -Report

Pirates have released six Russian seafarers kidnapped from the containership MSC Mandy during an attack off the coast of Benin earlier this month. Russia’s TASS news agency reports their release has been confirmed by the Russian embassy in Nigeria. The Panamanian-flagged MSC Mandy with 24 crew members onboard came under attack by armed pirates on January 2, 2019 as it was … [Read more...]

Eni, Shell to Face Trial in Italy in $1 Billion Bribery Case

By Chiara Albanese, Sergio Di Pasquale and Kelly Gilblom (Bloomberg) -- Eni SpA, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and senior executives will face trial over a $1.1 billion bribery scandal in Nigeria, an Italian judge ruled on Wednesday. The trial will start on March 5 in Milan, judge Giusy Barbara told reporters. The long-awaited decision, initially expected several months ago, will … [Read more...]

China To Pump $770 Million Into Another African Port

by Saliou Samb (Reuters) China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) signed a $770 million contract with Guinea's government on Monday to upgrade the port in the capital, Conakry, expanding Chinese economic influence in the West African iron and bauxite producer. Under the contact, CHEC, a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Co Ltd, will construct three … [Read more...]