The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in its latest report notes that while piracy incidents were down compared to the same period in 2016, there is continuing concern over attacks in the Gulf of Guinea among others in particular, Defence Web reports.
A total of 20 reports against all vessel types were received for Nigeria, 16 off the coast of Brass, Bonny and Bayelsa. Guns were reportedly used in 18 incidents, and vessels were underway in 17 of the 20 reports. Thirty-nine of the 49 crew members kidnapped in total occurred off Nigerian waters in seven separate incidents. Other crew kidnappings in 2017 were reported 60 nautical miles off the coast of Nigeria.
“In general, all waters in and off Nigeria remain risky, despite intervention in some cases by the Nigerian Navy. We advise vessels to be vigilant,” said Pottengal Mukundan, head of the IMB. “The number of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea could be even higher as many incidents continue to go unreported.”
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