Grand Africa Nemo 2022: the fundamental role of the YARIS platform in the Gulf of Guinea

The 2022 edition of the multinational maritime exercise Grand Africa Nemo (GANO 22) took place between 11 and 16 October 2022. The exercise, organised by the French Navy, the two Regional Centres for Maritime Security in West and Central Africa (CRESMAO and CRESMAC) and involving 17 of the 19 countries bordering the Gulf of Guinea…

The EU strengthens its cooperation efforts with partners in the Gulf of Guinea

The EU is strengthening its cooperation and coordination efforts in the Gulf of Guinea. On 7 April, the first ever Joint Event on Strengthening Nigeria – EU Cooperation on Maritime Security was held in Lagos at the Nigerian Navy’s Western Naval Command (WNC). The event was attended by the EU Senior Coordinator for the Gulf…

The Indo-Pacific: Where to increase maritime domain awareness?

2021 saw new and major policy and frameworks in the Indo-Pacific made by many countries and regional groupings, both within and outside the region. Among others, the European Union (EU) outlined its very comprehensive strategy for the Indo-Pacific region in March 2021, and adopted the final version through a joint communication in September last year, outlining…

Launch of the report “Pirates and Oil Theft in the Niger Delta: an analysis of the connection between piracy and oil bunkering”

The CRIMSON project is pleased to announce the “Pirates and Oil Theft in the Niger Delta: an analysis of the connection between piracy and oil bunkering” report, launched on 1st December 2022 at the G7++ Friends of the Gulf of Guinea (FoGG) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The study was coordinated by Thomas Kieler, EU Delegation…

Reduction of the High Risk Area in the Indian Ocean

On 17 August 2021, the global shipping and oil industries announced an agreement to reduce the boundaries of the piracy High Risk Area (HRA) in the Indian Ocean as incidents in the region have been decreasing in the last five years. The changes came into effect on the 1st of September 2021 and reduced the…

GOG-MCF/SHADE: a new forum to galvanise efforts against maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea

On 14 July 2021, the first plenary of “The Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum and Shared Awareness and De-confliction” (GoG-MCF/SHADE) took place online, organised by Nigeria and the Interregional Coordination Centre (ICC). The meeting benefitted from the participation of IMO, regional and international navies, the international shipping industry, and other maritime stakeholders in the…

The Mozambique channel: an emerging maritime security hotspot

The waters off Mozambique are becoming a major security hotspot in the Western Indian Ocean. On 24 March, militants linked to the Al Sunna group orchestrated a bloody ambush in the coastal town of Palma, in Cabo Delgado province. During the attack, dozens of foreign contract workers and locals were besieged at the Amarula Palma Hotel, while…

ReCAAP’s annual report 2020 confirms surge in the number of incidents in Asian waters

On the occasion of the presentation of its annual report to the 12th Nautical Forum, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) confirmed a 32% increase of piracy and armed robbery in actual incidents in Asian waters in 2020, compared to 2019. The increase of incidents was…