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 Four Crew from Greek Tanker Off Togo – Togo Navy

LOME, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Pirates attacked a Greek oil tanker off the coast of Togo on Monday and fled after taking four crew members as hostages, the West African nation's navy and Greek authorities said, two days after a similar attack in the waters of neighboring Benin. Of the missing crew members, two are Filipinos, one is Greek and one is Georgian, the navy said in a … [Read more...]

Pirates Kidnap Nine from Bulk Carrier Off Benin

OSLO, Nov 3 (Reuters) - A vessel owned by Norwegian shipping firm J.J. Ugland was boarded by pirates while at anchor off the coast of Benin on Saturday, and nine crew members were kidnapped, the company said on Sunday. The remaining crew of the Norwegian-flagged MV Bonita notified local authorities, and the vessel docked at the port city of Cotonou later on Saturday, the … [Read more...]

West African Oil Hits Sweet Spot with IMO 2020

By Noah Browning LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) - African states like Chad and Cameroon are shaping up to be big winners from new rules to cut sulfur emissions from ships, providing just the right type of oil to produce cleaner fuels. Only around 1% of the world's crude oil exports are heavy and sweet varieties, ideal for refining into fuel with a maximum 0.5% sulfur content … [Read more...]

Pirates Kidnap 8 from German-Owned Cargo Ship Off Cameroon

Pirates kidnapped eight crew members from a general cargo ship off the coast of Cameroon in West Africa. The vessel's Hamburg, Germany-based shipowner, MC-Schiffahrt, confirmed the incident in a statement posted to its website. The company said its MV MarMalaita was attacked Thursday, August 14, between 23.00h and 24.00h local time at the Douala anchorage in … [Read more...]