Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Maritime News

Pirates in Gulf of Guinea Switch to Kidnapping Crew Amid Oil Price Slump

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, May 3 (Reuters) – Pirate gangs in West Africa are switching to kidnapping sailors and demanding ransom rather than stealing oil cargoes as low oil prices...

May 3, 2016
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Maritime News

UN Urges Stronger Regional Approach to Gulf of Guinea Piracy

The United Nations Security Council has called for a comprehensive regional framework to eradicate piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea, stressing the importance of addressing...

April 26, 2016
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Monday, February 15, 2016
Maritime News

Gulf of Guinea Sees Piracy Drop as Oil Price Deters Looters

By Divine Ramzi (Bloomberg) — Piracy in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea has declined as the price of oil plunged to the lowest level since 2002. While attacks on maritime...

February 15, 2016
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Monday, June 22, 2015
Maritime News

Ivory Coast Considers Satellite in Fight Against Pirates

Ivory Coast is considering launching a satellite to combat security threats from pirates in the Gulf of Guinea and Islamist militants in the West African region, Telecommunications Minister Bruno Kone said.

June 22, 2015
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tribunal Blocks Ghana From Drilling New Wells in Disputed Seas, But “TEN” Field Development Can Move Ahead

An international maritime tribunal on Saturday ruled that Ghana can continue developing a $4.9 billion dollar offshore oil project in an area caught up in a border dispute with Ivory Coast but must not start new drilling.

April 25, 2015
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Gulf of Guinea Piracy Expected to Increase Ahead of Election, Experts Warn

Piracy will increase in the Gulf of Guinea as Nigeria prepares for an election next February in order to funnel ransom money into campaign financing, intelligence experts told a shipping conference in Copenhagen on Tuesday.

October 7, 2014
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Gulf of Guinea Piracy: Open Ocean Ambush Seen As “Game Changer”

An open ocean attack on a product tanker in Gulf of Guinea reminiscent of Somali piracy could represent a significant change for pirates operating off the coast of West Africa, maritime intelligence firm Dryad Maritime warns.

August 11, 2014
Total Views: 13

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pirates Release Tanker Hijacked Off Ghana

A Kiribati-flagged tanker hijacked off the coast of Ghana last month has been released by pirates, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

August 4, 2014
Total Views: 9

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pirated Oil Tanker Fair Artemis Found

ACCRA, June 12 (Reuters) - An oil tanker missing for a week off the coast of West Africa was attacked by pirates who stole its cargo, the company that managed the ship said on Thursday after speaking with its captain.

June 12, 2014
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Disturbing the Pond: A Missing Tanker in the Gulf of Guinea

The Fair Artemis’s cargo and sudden disappearance fit the profile of the well-organized tanker hijackings that have plagued the Gulf of Guinea in recent years.

June 9, 2014
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Friday, June 6, 2014

Greek Tanker Missing, Feared Hijacked Off Ghana

A Greek oil tanker is missing and feared to have been hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Ghana.

June 6, 2014
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Monday, May 12, 2014

West African Piracy: Extreme Violence and Inadequate Security

West Africa is home to the world’s most violent pirates—who are now capable of overwhelming armed guards. Last month pirates killed a crewmember during an attack on German-owned oil tanker. Instead of fighting off the pirates, the embarked security team retreated to the ship’s citadel safe room.

May 12, 2014
Total Views: 29

Saturday, May 3, 2014
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Maritime News

West African Piracy: 7 Trends You Need to Know

By Major Bryan Abell, USMCR I am not an expert on maritime piracy, nor am I an expert on West Africa. So seven months ago when our Stanford team (in...

May 3, 2014
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Sunday, March 9, 2014
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Supply Vessel Prime Lady Attacked, Dryad Highlights 200 Mile Danger Zone in Gulf of Guinea

As Dryad Maritime Intelligence warned of an increased danger of attacks and kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea on Friday, another supply boat had just been attacked off the Niger...

March 9, 2014
Total Views: 13

Friday, March 7, 2014
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Dryad Warns of Increased Threat of Kidnap in the Gulf of Guinea

Dryad Maritime, a UK-based maritime intelligence firm which has kept a close watch on the development of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea in recent years, issued a special advisory...

March 7, 2014
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Friday, December 27, 2013
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Pirates, Militants and Nigeria’s Resource Curse

For nearly 15 years, armed Nigerians have sought to make a profit and political statement by pillaging ships and kidnapping crews in the Gulf of Guinea. The men that terrorize West Africa’s busiest shipping lanes are products of the state’s ongoing battle against militancy and criminal enterprise in the Niger Delta.

December 27, 2013
Total Views: 27

Saturday, October 26, 2013
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The Fuel Theft Trade Offshore Nigeria Could Make You Rich, Or Kill You

In speaking with sources in Nigeria this week, one thing that has become abundantly clear… the business of fuel theft is the primary driver of piracy in the region, and...

October 26, 2013
Total Views: 30

Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Americans Kidnapped from Supply Boat Offshore Nigeria, Victim’s Family Interviewed

“Things are definitely getting more intense here,” remarked one of our sources working offshore Nigeria this afternoon. A security boat manned with Joint Task Force (JTF) Nigeria personnel was allegedly...

October 24, 2013
Total Views: 41

Thursday, August 15, 2013
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UN Security Council Seeks Regional Approach to Mitigate Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

The growing threat of piracy and maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea was on the docket this week at the United Nations. In a press statement, the Security Council...

August 15, 2013
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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West African Piracy and its Growing Effect on U.S. Interests

By gCaptain Staff US interests in the Gulf of Guinea region including maritime shipping, safety of American citizens, and energy resources are becoming increasingly affected by piracy and maritime crime,...

August 14, 2013
Total Views: 20