According to the report, The global maritime report on piracy has placed the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) on the red spot for the 2nd time in 2018. the GoG recorded the highest number of pirate attacks on vessels in the 2nd half of 2018.
From January to June of this year there was a significant rise in the number of recorded piracy and robbery incidents in the region compared to the same period in 2017.
International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows in a recent report, with 107 incidents recorded in the first six months of 2018 compared to 87 in the same period in 2017 an increase in global piracy.
Most alarming is the increase in the number of incidents recorded in the Gulf of Guinea region, which has gone from 16 in the first half of 2017 to 46 in 2018, with 31 incidents recorded in Nigeria’s territorial waters alone.
The report also says 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.
A breakdown of the report further revealed that Nigeria recorded 31 attacks, closely followed by Indonesia with 25, while Bangladesh and Venezuela recorded seven attacks each.
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