West African piracy News

Pirate Kidnappings in Waters Off Coast of West Africa Rise by 40%: Study

The number of kidnappings reported off the West African coast in the year through September is 40% higher than the same period in 2019, according to the International Maritime Bureau. Piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea contributed to a …

West African Coast Re-Emerges as Hotspot for Piracy, Kidnappings: Allianz

The West African coast has overtaken Southeast Asia as the worst area for piracy and kidnappings reported at sea last year, with the number of seafarers seized rising by more than 50%, according to a study. The area, known as …

Pirates Attack Oil Tanker in West Africa, Kidnapping Another Crew

An oil tanker was attacked on Sunday in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea and most of its crew were kidnapped, the latest in a string of incidents highlighting the security risks to shipping in the region. The vessel — an …

Pirates Hijack Fully Loaded Supertanker Off Nigeria, Kidnapping 19 Crew

Pirates boarded a fully loaded supertanker off the coast of Nigeria, an act that is sure to ring alarm bells for insurers about the risk of collecting oil from Africa’s biggest producer. Nineteen crew were kidnapped and remain missing, a …

The Mounting Cost of Piracy off Coast of West Africa: Opinion

Remember those Somali pirates? Earlier this decade, they brazenly hijacked giant oil tankers, demanded ransoms in the millions of dollars, and gave Tom Hanks yet another chance to play the everyman overcoming a life-defining crisis. Now, thanks to a multinational …

West Africa Pirates Seen Threatening Oil and Shipping for Years

West African pirates will threaten the region’s oil and shipping industries for years as the measures used to curb attacks in the Indian Ocean aren’t able to help, according to a provider of armed guards for vessels. While international navies …

Typhon Launches Private Maritime Security Service against Piracy

Typhon Maritime Security Service announced the launch of its first marine convoy escort service, designed to enable “ship operators to transit the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean in unprecedented safety while saving time and money.” The private …