August 2018 - Piracy Report
Between January and August 2018 the Gulf of Guinea was the area worst affected by piracy and maritime robbery worldwide . A high concentration of incidents was found in Nigeria off Brass and Bonny, as well as Lagos Anchorages and the Lagos port complex . A high number of incidents were also reported in the Malacca and Singapore Straits, at Samarinda Anchorages, Indonesia and Chittagong Anchorages, Bangladesh .
The tanker , Pantelena with a crew of 19 was hijacked off Libreville, Gabon in August 2018 . The vessel was released after nine days . The last hijacking off Gabon was the hijacking of the tanker MV Cotton in 2013 .
The likelihood of tankers hijacked for product in the Gulf of Guinea in the next few months are high. It is also likely that kidnapping of crew will continue in the next few months in the Gulf of Guinea, affecting any of the countries in the area, but with a higher risk off Brass and Bonny, Nigeria .
Several anchorages reported high incidents in 2018.
These are :
Muara Berau Anchorage, Samarinda, Indonesia – 14
Chittagong Anchorages, Bangladesh – ten Cotonou Anchorage, Benin – Five
Lagos Anchorages and the Lagos Port Ccomplex – 23
Anchorages off Barcelona, Venezuela – nine
Port Au Prince, Haiti – five .
Although the risk to vessels transiting the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden remains low to vessels not affiliated with any of the warring parties in Yemen, it is possible that vessels could be caught in the crossfire . Vessels should refrain from anchoring or slow steaming when possible, especially around islands in the area . Vessels with a military profile or with a sailing pattern associated with logistical support to either party in the conflict are more likely to be targeted .
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