cargo vessel in the green blue sea

Pirates increase kidnappings in Gulf of Guinea

On 15 December 2019, around six heavily armed pirates boarded a product tanker underway approximately 118 nm of Cotonou, Benin, kidnapping 20 seafarers and destroying some equipment on board.

gulf of guinea map pirate piracy zone area danger

Great cost of piracy at over US$800 million

Piracy is proving costly for firms operating in the Gulf of Guinea.  Industry experts say kidnappings at sea have become so common, they have increased the cost of operations.