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…

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…

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…

CMR Newsletter#5 January-April 2021: CRIMSON

Organisation of the 3rd “Coordination Meeting – International Maritime Partners in the Gulf of Guinea” On 17-18 March, CRIMSON organised the 2-day online event “Coordination Meeting – International Maritime Partners in the Gulf of Guinea”. The purpose of the meeting was to gather project implementors and partners who are currently conducting actions in and around…

CMR Newsletter#5 January-April 2021: GoGIN

Presentation of YARIS to partners and upcoming activities for 2021 Since the beginning of January, the GoGIN team has been entirely focused on the training activities on the YARIS platform for the maritime centres in the Gulf of Guinea, organising remote introductory training sessions on the use of the system. In February, the team held…

Pirates kidnapped five Ghanaians in the Niger Delta

On 16 November, pirates kidnapped five Ghanaians from the cargo ship AM DELTA, 35 nautical miles from the Agbano terminals in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria. According to initial investigations, six or seven pirates boarded the Ghanaian ship 44 nautical miles from South Brass. This is the 9th such incident in November alone. Including…

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…