n Conflict Trends - Oil piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

Volume 2012, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The outbreak and persistence of piracy off the Gulf of Guinea has for long been overshadowed by Somali piracy, which has seized the attention of the international community in recent years. Over the last three years, however, the dynamics of piracy in African waters has assumed a new direction. While the number of ships signalling attacks by Somali pirates has dropped, due to the intervention of foreign naval forces and use of vessel protection detachments, the incidence of piracy is rising in the Gulf of Guinea. Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea has escalated from low-level armed robberies to more sophisticated violent hijackings and cargo thefts. As a result, piracy off the coast of the Gulf of Guinea is increasingly gaining the attention of stakeholders in the maritime domain - states, international and regional organisations, ship owners, crew members and insurance firms, among others.

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