Continuous pirate activity in the Gulf of Guinea and a sharp increase in serious maritime attacks and armed robberies. Incidents are likely to be expected every day. The Global Dryad reported high-risk of attacks in the coming hours and days in the following areas: F / E / D.
F – Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d’ Ivoire, Ghana.
E – Togo, Benin, Nigeria.
D – Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome & Principe, Gabon.
On December 19th the Nigerian Navy subsequently dispatched patrol boats to provide assistance for the attacked container ship “Maersk Cadiz”. The pirates did not have enough time to do their atrocities. They intended to kidnap the crew members. However, the Nigerian Navy scared pirates away and they immediately left the ship. Timely and prompt work prevented terrible effects. All 21 seafarers are safe.
In conclusion, Global Dryad warns the seafarer community and ships passing through these areas to exercise a sharp look-out maintaining the highest level of alertness and apply BMP West Africa procedure. Moreover, the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa still ranks first among the most active hotspots for piracy.
All Image Credits – The EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia.