Ivory Coast Rebuilds Navy to Battle Growing Piracy Threat

ABIDJAN, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast is adding around 40 new vessels to its depleted navy as it confronts a growing threat from pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, the country's defence minister said on Tuesday. Attacks on commercial vessels off the coast of oil-rich West Africa jumped by a third last year. The first known hijacking of a vessel in Ivory Coast territorial … [Read more...]

Atlantica Signs 5-Well Contract Offshore Ivory Coast

Norwegian private equity firm, Hitecvision announced today that Houston-based Atlantica Tender Drilling Ltd, one of their many investments in the offshore industry, has been awarded a five well, ~400 day contract for the heavy tender barge Gamma to work for Foxtrot International on the Marlin Field Development Project off the Ivory Coast. The Gamma was designed by … [Read more...]

Ivory Coast to More than Double Container Capacity, Announces New Terminal at Abidjan

By Joe Bavier ABIDJAN, March 23 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast has named a consortium of French industrial groups Bollore and Bouygues and Denmark's Maersk as the preferred bidder to operate a new container terminal, an official for one of the companies said. The West African nation plans to open a second container terminal in the commercial capital Abidjan - one of Africa's … [Read more...]

French Tanker Hijacked Off Ivory Coast

Update: Port officials from the port of Abidjan have confirmed that the M/T Gascogne was in fact hijacked by pirates while in international waters. Ivory Coast authorities said the Gascogne had been chartered by South Korean petroleum transporter SK Shipping, according to a Reuters report. The vessel had loaded 3,000 tonnes of diesel fuel in Abidjan on Jan. 30 but had … [Read more...]