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West Africa continues to be a piracy hotspot

All crew kidnappings this year took place in the Gulf of Guinea, show new figures. And the number of pirate attacks in the gulf may turn out to be even higher, IMB report estimates.

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There is risk involved when merchant vessels sail in West Africa, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, according to new figures from the International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC), which shows the development in piracy attacks so far in 2018.

All crew kidnappings in 2018 have taken place in the Gulf of Guinea, according to the bureau. So far, 25 crew members have been kidnapped this year with more than six different incidents in the Gulf "highlighting the higher risk in this area," according to a press release.

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