Piracy in the Gulf of Aden has reduced in the last couple of years but may well be on the rise once again. Piracy in South East Asia is increasing and there has also been an increase in piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG). In this region it is more common that the crew is kidnapped, robbed or the cargo is stolen instead of hijacking the vessel.
BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO, have developed advice when trading in the GoG. ‘BMP West Africa - Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhanced Maritime Security off the Coast of West Africa including the Gulf of Guinea’ can be downloaded from www.maritimeglobalsecurity.org or by link below. It can be used together with ‘Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy 5 (BMP 5)’. This new industry resource provides information regarding all the regions of the world plagued with piracy.
We highly recommend all members download relevant information for the areas in which they trade. There are publications covering not only piracy but also cyber security, migration, stowaways, smuggling and armed conflict and war.
The highest risk waters are the coastal waters of Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Cameroon and Benin, and vessels are most vulnerable when the vessel is drifting or at anchor.
It seems that cargo theft is more common for oil tankers and robbery and kidnapping is more common for bulk carriers.
BMP West Africa » (April 2020)
Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy 5 » (June 2018)