Saturday, January 25, 2014

Piracy in Gulf of Guinea Region

The Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Africa is seeing an uptick in pirate attacks on shipping. There were a total of 48 pirate attacks in the region last year (2013). In 2010 pirates started to focus less on smaller fishing vessels and more on oil tankers. It is unlikely that there will be a deployment of European Union naval forces to this area to combat piracy. However there will probably be some naval advisers and funding for ship tracking capabilities extended to some of the coastal African nations. Read more in  "For a different African piracy problem, Navy seeks solutions on shore", Stars and Stripes, January 20, 2014.

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