Shipowners: Nigeria new piracy centre

Pirate activity off the coast of Nigeria has increased during the past months and the area is now perceived as a new piracy centre. The Danish Shipowners’ Association calls for carriers to keep a sharp eye on the development on the West African coast.

2013 looks to be a busy year for pirates operating off the Nigerian coast especially when taking the number of attacks in December 2012 into consideration. According to Wall Street Journal, armed pirates overpowered three ships and took nine men hostage over a period of six days in December. And the number of attacks off the coast of Nigeria has increased. In 2012, the region saw 27 attacks while the number of attacks in 2011 was 10, IMO informs according to Hellenic Shipping News.

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