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Most dangerous Maritime Piracy Areas in the world 2020

Read all about the most dangerous areas in the world where Maritime Piracy occurs.

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Maritime Piracy is dangerous in all areas throughout the world. Affecting many ships and humans worldwide. This blog explains the top 7 dangerous areas where Maritime Piracy occurs.

Here below are the most dangerous maritime piracy areas in the world (2020) where ships should protect themselves with proper anti piracy equipment.

Gulf Of Guinea is one of the most dangerous and active areas of maritime piracy.

It is 2 350 000km2 big if speaking geographically . The Gulf includes 8 countries that border the Atlantic Ocean those countries are Togo, Ghana, Nigeria , Cameroon , Equatorial Guinea, Gabon , Soa Tome and Principe.

Many will ask why is it important well its a very important geo political trade rude for crude oil tankers that go worldwide. Concluding that without a doubt it becomes a big target for maritime piracy and one of the most dangerous areas.

The International Maritime Bureau (IMD) stated that so far there have been 27 attacks , concluding that many have still been unreported. Most Maritime Pirates in the Gulf Of Guinea are , very well trained and well organised, having plenty of weapons and technological advances to bridge any ship. This makes Gulf of Guinea a dangerous piracy area.

Nonetheless European Authorities launched Gulf Of Guinea Inter-Regional Network (GoGIN) , investing 9,3 million euros to improve safety and maritime security in 19 countries of the region.

Coast of Benin in West Africa upcoming dangerous piracy.

Benin being another most dangerous piracy area with many incidents occurring occasionally. As a matter of fact the area is listed as high risk of maritime piracy throughout the marine shipping environment.

Even the IMO has taken measures to secure perimeters however it didn’t cause any improvement and piracy has thicken and grown actively . As their technology rises they can travel more nm to causing all these incidents. Recently 05-03-2020 Minerva Virgo was attacked off Benin coast.

Piracy in The Coast of Nigeria in West Africa

Nigeria is the Western part of Africa and is considered strongly active by pirates. Ships are well aware of the dangerous coasts of Nigeria , that cause big threats to ships. It is in fact one of the most risk full areas for marine cargo transportation.

The problem is not the pirates in this case but the Nigerian Naval authorities have not enough funds and resources to secure perimeters and security levels in the area.

Piracy in the Gulf Of Aden Rising

Gulf Of Aden is one of the well known waterways for shipping particularly for the Persian Gulf oil making it an essential waterway in the world economy . About 11% of the world seaborne petroleum passes through the Gulf Of Aden.

it is located in the Arabian Sea between Yemen and Somalia, connecting to the red sea . It is very dangerous especially since its not a secret that petroleum shipment heads through the Gulf . Somali Pirates are extremely active in this area , causing many problems including attacks on ships.

These acts of violence often cause kidnappings , injuries and at time even deaths. They are a threat to humanitarian supplies. Somalia would go in this list as well. Piracy is occurring in Somalia because of the big amount of poverty in the country.

This happened when the government fell mostly apart causing civil wars, robberies, poverty and no healthcare systems. Even though we all know the famous Somalian pirates , they are not the leaders of piracy anymore as they once were.

Malacca Straits Piracy

Malacca Straits is one of the most important and famous shipping waterways in the world.Being one of the leading trading routes . It links major economical countries together such as China , Japan, South Korea and the Middle East.

It is the main shipping channel in Asia connecting two continents together. Making it a high risk zone for maritime piracy and robberies.

Authorities of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia have tried many ways to secure the Strait and used many security measures .

Piracy South China Sea

South China Sea is considered an unsafe area not just for piracy but also for the poor ship handling and navigation. Which results in maritime piracy. These pirates are far more aggressive than the Strait of Malacca.

Piracy dangers In Indonesian waters .

Indonesia – Piracy is and will always be a problem for Indonesia . A lot of International monitoring organizations say that Indonesia has one of the most dangerous waters .

Arie Soedewo, Chief of The Indonesian Maritime Security Agency stated that the Malacca Strait has one of the highest risks of piracy , the problem with this is that many organisations such as Terrorist groups “abu Sayyaf” that took 10 Indonesian crew members hostage in the Sulu Island , they were releases months after.

These groups work together making it extremely dangerous and high risk for ships to sail through those waters. 40% percent of all piracy attacks throughout the world occur in Indonesian waters. These waters risk major concerns across the world and across the shipping environment.

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