Stark increase in kidnapping at sea in the Gulf of Guinea

From 2018 to 2019, the number of crew kidnapped in the Gulf of Guinea increased by more than 50%. The stark rise in victims, from 78 to 121, led the region to account for 90% of global kidnappings reported at sea with 64 crew members kidnapped across six separate incidents in the last quarter of…

Piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Africa: EU and global impact

The in-depth analysis elaborated by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) was divulgated at the occasion of the High-Level Conference on Oceans that took place in Brussels on 19 March 2019. The paper addresses the most pressing challenges in relation to maritime security: piracy and armed robbery at sea. Africa is particularly vulnerable to these…

New campagin on sovereign blue bond in the Seychelles

During the Our Ocean Conference in October 2018, the Seychelles became the first state launching the sovereign blue bond, a financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects. Within this framework, the Seychellois authorities are now announcing the launching of a campaign of information on the bond. The campaign will start in April and it…

EU Civil-Military Engagement in the Horn of Africa: Celebrating the 10 years of Operation Atalanta

During the last years, the stability of the Somali territory and waters has been a priority of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). In December 2018, the EU naval Operation Atalanta (EU NAVFOR) celebrated 10 years of deployment. While EU NAVFOR contributes in fighting piracy at sea, civilian and military missions on the…

30 Days at Sea

Interpol and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released the results of the month-long operation “30 Days at Sea” launched between 1 and 31 October, where 122 national coordinators supported the international law enforcement operation against maritime pollution. As a result of this global effort, 276 law enforcement and environmental agencies detected over 500 offences…

Inauguration of IORIS, the information sharing platform developed by CRIMARIO

The official launch of IORIS took place at the Eden Blue Hotel in Mahé, Seychelles, in the morning of 4 September. During the launch, CRIMARIO experts provided a thorough description and explanation of the creation, development and use of the IORIS platform. Initiated by CRIMARIO, the new secure information sharing and incident management tool will…

Maritime Safety and Security in the Gulf of Guinea: ECCAS and ECOWAS devise new strategies

The Presidency of the Annual Meeting of Senior officials of the Interregional Centre for the Implementation of Strategies for Regional Safety and Security in the Gulf of Guinea has been transferred from ECCAS to ECOWAS. ECCAS Secretary General, Ambassador Ahmad Allam-Mi handed over the baton of command to the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and…

Our Ocean Conference: the EU leads the way with ambitious action for cleaner and safer seas

At the ongoing EU-hosted Our Ocean conference in Malta (5-6 October), the European Union has committed to 36 tangible actions to foster healthier, cleaner, safer and more secure seas. Amounting to over €550 million and involving activities worldwide, the announcements underline the EU’s determination to improve the situation of the seas and send a positive…

GoGIN in the news: European Shipowners Call States to Action on Piracy

This article on “The Maritime Executive” shows how the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) have called on governments to do more to prevent the rise of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, most particularly off Nigeria. According to the ICC International Maritime Bureau data, there was a noticeable increase in the number of reported incidents…