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…

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…

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…

CMR Newsletter #5 January-April 2021: CRIMARIO

CRIMARIO to commence its activities Now that the CRIMARIO Inception Phase is drawing to a close, the Team will be forwarding its report to the European Commission together with a consolidated Action Plan of proposed activities with a focus on enabling beneficiary partners improve maritime governance in the Western Indian Ocean, South Asia and Southeast…

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…