According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre, ship attacks in Nigerian waters, regarded as one of the pirates hotspot in the Gulf of Guinea has declined from 17 to 4 incidents accounting for about 76% drop as compared to the same period in 2020.
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The IMB Piracy Reporting Centre said the ship attacks across the world is at its lowest number since 1994. The piracy watchdog also stated that the Gulf of Guinea region recorded 28 incidents of piracy and armed robbery in the first nine months of 2021, compared to 46 for the same period in 2020.
“Crew kidnappings in the region have dropped with only one crew member kidnapped in quarter three of 2021, compared to 31 crew members taken in five separate incidents during quarter three of 2020.
“All quarter three incidents in 2021 were also against vessels at port anchorages while the average successful kidnapping location in quarter three of 2020 was approximately 100 nautical miles from land,” it said. IMB attributed the reduction of piracy, armed robbery and ship attack incidents in the Gulf of Guinea region to enhanced maritime security and response coordination measures adopted by regional and national authorities.
Despite these gains, however, it warned that the risk to crew remains high in the region, urging that such efforts must therefore be sustained.
“We welcome the decrease of piracy and armed robbery attacks in the Gulf of Guinea and the efforts taken by maritime authorities in the region.
“There needs to be sustained efforts to ensure the continued safety of seafarers as they transport essential goods throughout the region. Coastal states must redouble their coordination and security measures to ensure that piracy and armed robbery incidents continue to decline,” IMB Director, Michael Howlett, stated.