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…

The European Council extended the mandates of Operation ATALANTA, EUTM Somalia and EUCAP Somalia

The European Council has prolonged the mandates of Operation ATALANTA, and of its two Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions – EUTM Somalia and EUCAP Somalia – until the 31st of December 2022. The decision of the Council aims to strengthen maritime security at large in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Since its…

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…

Piracy makes a comeback off the coast of Somalia with new attack

Between 21 and 23 April, a suspected pirate gang attacked one Korean and one Spanish fishing vessels off the Somali coast, before being apprehended by EU NAVFOR Atalanta. These were the first attempted pirate attacks off the Horn of Africa since October last year. The suspected pirates hijacked a Yemeni dhow on 19 April and…

Dakar hosts an international meeting on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea

On 9 and 10 April, after more than two years of implementation, GoGIN brings together its stakeholders in Dakar to take stock of the project’s results and to discuss an action plan for the next two years. On this occasion, the representatives of 27 maritime centres of 19 coastal countries of the Economic Community 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…

ReCAAP ISC: Three incidents of armed robbery at sea reported in Asia in February 2019

In February 2019, the Information Sharing Centre (ISC) of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) reported three incidents of armed robbery at sea in Asia. The incidents occurred respectively at Belawan anchorage in Indonesia, at Caofeidian anchorage in China and in the Singapore Strait. The number…

Iranian dhow catching fire in Seychellois waters

On February 22, 2019 an Iranian dhow caught fire in the waters of Seychelles, while it was being towed to the main island by the national Coast Guard. The vessel was apprehended during a joint operation of the Seychelles Coast Guard, Seychelles Defence Forces’ Air Force and the National Information Sharing and Coordination Centre. Thirteen…