Posted on August 13, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

According to the Global Maritime report on piracy, Nigeria took the lead for levels of piracy in the second quarter of 2018, taking over from notorious hotspot, Somalia.

As a whole, the Gulf of Guinea saw a significant rise in the number of piracy attacks during the first 6 months of 2018 compared to the same period the previous year. 

The number of attacks rose from 87 in the first half of 2017, to 107 incidents in 2018. 

31 incidents were recorded in Nigeria's waters in the last 6 months. 

According to the report, Nigeria, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Venezuela and Benin Republic led the table in the number of attempted attacks, number of vessels boarded by pirates, number of vessels fired upon, number of hijacked vessels and number of suspicious boats operated by pirates.

While Nigeria recorded 31 attacks, Indonesia recorded 25, Bangladesh and Venezuela each recorded 7 attacks and the Republic of Benin and Ghana recorded 5 attacks each.

The number of crew kidnappings has decreased globally from 41 in the first quarter of 2017 to 25 in the first quarter of 2018. All 25 crew kidnappings reported this year are from six incidents in the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of Nigeria, further emphasising the higher maritime risks in this region.

Captain Jacob, Ovweghre, Director General of the proposed Maritime Security Agency, MASECA, said that the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA are already over burdened with piracy at sea. 

Local sources claim that the pirates not only originate from Nigeria, but the neighbouring countries of Cameroon and Ghana as well.

The report revealed that globally 100 crew members were taken hostage while 14 others were kidnapped from their vessels in the first three months of 2018. A total of 39 vessels were boarded, 11 fired upon and four vessels hijacked attacks.

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