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09 August 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 03:37 GMT+2

July 11, 2022

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Strategy agreed by Nigeria and the shipping to eradicate piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

Although last year there was a decrease of the indicents, but the region continues to be an area of high risk

The Government of Nigeria and the main associations World shipowners have agreed on a strategy with the aim of countering and eliminating the problem of piracy against ships in the Gulf of Guinea, a strategy that is aimed at all stakeholders and establishing a mechanism to assess periodically the effectiveness of the initiatives and commitments made in act to combat the phenomenon and will identify the areas of improvement and strengthening of law enforcement measures. For the shipowners, partners of the initiative are the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Bimco, Intertanko, Intercargo and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), while the Nigerian involves the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Agency for Maritime Security (NIMASA) within Nigerian Industry Working Group (NIWG).

In 2020 40% of all pirate attacks at the level world were carried out in the Gulf of Guinea and 95% of the abductions of the ships' crews occurred in the region. Although last year a decrease in assaults, however the Gulf continues to be an area where threat levels remain very high ( of 13 January 2022). The reduction of accidents that have occurred last year was determined by the launch of Deep Blue, the anti-piracy project of the Nigerian Navy and NIMASA, and from the intensification of international activities of struggle to piracy in the region.

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