Please select your home edition
Edition
Auckland On the Water Boat Show

Dryad Maritime warns of surge in Gulf of Guinea kidnap incidents

by Dryad Maritime on 11 Mar 2014
Piracy attacks Gulf of Guinea ..
The UK’s leading maritime intelligence provider, Dryad Maritime, recently issued a special advisory warning all of its shipping clients on the increased threat of crew kidnap in the Gulf of Guinea.

Since the issue of Dryad’s warning, two further attacks on vessels have taken place within a single week as two Nigerian-flagged vessels were targeted by maritime criminals on consecutive days, resulting in the kidnap of six crew members.

On 4th March, ‘MV Prince Joseph 1’ was attacked offshore Akwa Ibom state, closely followed by an attack on the offshore tug, ‘MV Asha Deep’ a day later off Bayelsa state; a particular hotspot for recent incidents.

These most recent attacks make this the largest surge over a three month period since Dryad’s records began with eight vessels attacked and 20 crew members kidnapped. In this short period, criminal gangs have operated across a wide area, from the seas off Nigeria to those off Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. At the time of writing it is assessed that 12 crew members remain in captivity.

Ian Millen, Dryad Maritime’s Director of Intelligence said: 'The two incidents this week point to the operation of at least two separate criminal gangs, using the cover of estuaries and the riverine system of the Niger Delta to take their victims into captivity. If recent patterns are followed, it is likely that the latest attacks will have targeted senior crew, such as the Master and Chief Engineer, as these are the most likely to attract higher value ransom payments, often due to the fact that a large number will be non-Nigerian. This is based on previous intelligence which has seen such crew being singled out, especially ships’ Captains and Chief engineers.'

Pirates have also struck beyond the shores of Nigeria in the last three months with kidnaps of crew members from vessels in the seas off Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. In addition to this, Dryad assesses that a number of other unsuccessful attacks have probably been aimed at kidnap. In one probable attempt last year, a vessel was targeted some 160 nautical miles out to sea.

Ian Millen, Dryad Maritime’s Director of Intelligence said: 'Whilst the kidnap of the US Captain and Chief Engineer of the support vessel ‘MV C Retriever’ in October 2013 received a high level of media coverage, the same cannot be said for those kidnapped since. Consequently, the true level of this type of maritime crime is not well understood. Ship owners whose crews are targeted are understandably tight-lipped during sensitive ransom negotiations, but their silence after the event does little to warn other seafarers of this threat or help others to understand the true scale of the problem.

'When it comes to mitigating the diverse range of threats in the Gulf of Guinea, including kidnap, one size does not fit all. The key to success lies in finding the right mix of measures for the individual ship and its operating environment.

'Monitoring ships and actively diverting them away from known and emerging threats is our daily business, but there is much that vessels can do to help themselves, from remaining alert and observing best practice to having well drilled crews who understand what to do and how to call for assistance in the event of danger. The instances of unsuccessful attack that we have seen, have almost invariably been where ships have been aware of the threat and have taken action to avoid being boarded.'

More at www.dryadmaritime.com
Harken AUS HL Snatch Block 660x82Hella Marine - July 2016Sydney Harbour Boat Storage 660x82

Related Articles

Get these items on sale while you still can
The best fit, fabric weight and functionality in a stylish, unique and modern design. Much more than a facelift! Hobart 3 Jacket is the successful evolution of the classic Hobart Jacket. Next to the material and colour mix, there is a new offshore collar, the brand new WP Pocket System and two in one in-zip option, which advance the Hobart 3 Jacket to the next level. A new standard and great value!
Posted on 21 Jul
Perth International Boat Show – Celebrate boating at Elizabeth Quay
The Show boasts indoor and on-water boat displays, two indoor stage areas, on-water entertainment and attractions Show Director Peter Woods said he has been overwhelmed by the response from the marine industry with regards to this new event, and he looked forward to bringing an international standard boat show to the people of Western Australia.
Posted on 21 Jul
Leopard 51 Powercat –Australian debut – Sydney International Boat Show
Drawing upon the success of previous powercats, this economically efficient catamaran uses less fuel than other models. The Leopard 51 Powercat brings with it a multitude of exciting features, including a sleek design, a large forward cockpit, additional lounging areas, an expansive flybridge and a completely redesigned interior upgraded with modern appliances.
Posted on 21 Jul
Musto Warehouse Sale - Up to 50% off!
Musto Sydney Warehouse Sale - Up to 50% off! Featuring discounts on premium technical sailing jackets and trousers Musto Sydney Warehouse Sale - Up to 50% off! Featuring discounts on premium technical sailing jackets and trousers, lifestyle clothing, equestrian clothing, accessories and footwear.
Posted on 21 Jul
Vesper Marine adds smartAIS capability to Smartwatches with deckWatch
Vesper Marine announced today the release of a new innovation in AIS portability – the deckWatch smartwatch app Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today the release of a new innovation in AIS portability – the deckWatch smartwatch app. Bringing the power of Vesper Marine’s smartAIS functionality beyond smartphones and tablets to individual smartwatches, users can now get critical safety information instantly and anywhere on a boat.
Posted on 21 Jul
Int Moth Worlds - Zhik returns to its spiritual home at 2017 Worlds
Zhik is returning to its roots as the official clothing sponsor of the 2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth World Championships Zhik, the innovative sailing apparel specialist, is returning to its roots as the official clothing sponsor of the 2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth World Championships. And, ten years on, the Moths are returning to their spiritual home on Lake Garda. Zhik and the International Moth class are virtually synonymous with each other.
Posted on 20 Jul
Collinson FX Market Commentary - July 20 - Oil price slips up
The AUD has been surging strongly, trading around 0.7950, while the NZD has attempted to consolidate around 0.7350. Oil has quietly worked its way back to $47/barrel, in line with gains posted by other commodity prices, directly translating into stronger currencies. The AUD has been surging strongly, trading around 0.7950, while the NZD has attempted to consolidate around 0.7350. Eyes are firmly on the ECB and there actions. Expectations are for no rate change but for hawkish commentary from Draghi.
Posted on 20 Jul
Multihull Central adds Privilège catamarans to its exclusive lineup
Multihull Central continues to go from strength to strength with prestigious French shipyard Privilège Marine Multihull Central continues to go from strength to strength with prestigious French shipyard Privilège Marine choosing the Australian company to exclusively represent its range of cruising sail and power catamarans in the Australian and New Zealand markets.
Posted on 20 Jul
Plenty on offer at the Brisbane Boat Show
Only a few weeks away, Brisbane Boat Show looks like being better than ever when it runs this year from 25 to 27 August. Only a few weeks away, Brisbane Boat Show looks like being better than ever when it runs this year from 25 to 27 August.
Posted on 20 Jul
Adventure awaits at the Sydney International Boat Show
Sydney Int'l Boat Show celebrates its 50th year in 2017. The show will be hosting a number of fantastic presenters The Sydney International Boat Show celebrates its 50th year in 2017. The show will be hosting a number of fantastic presenters who exemplify the adventurous spirit. In particular, Michelle Lee and Lisa Blair will be on stage to share their incredible stories.
Posted on 20 Jul