Whitepaper on piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
Nigeria – and particularly the Niger Delta – has been the main concern for ships operating in West Africa in the past. This situation is very unlikely to change. However, the analysis of individual attacks or incidents that have been reported as suspicious has to take into account general patterns of life and other types of criminal activities, such as fuel smuggling or illegal fishing. It is otherwise impossible to determine accurate threat levels for specific areas.
Governments throughout West Africa are unlikely to prioritise maritime security issues, yet the topic has at least received an increasing amount of attention in recent years. Improving maritime security will nevertheless be a long-term challenge, involving both the public and the private sector. This whitepaper provides a brief look at current problems and potential solutions.