Deploying a Western fleet to protect commercial ships off the coast of West Africa, primarily in the Gulf of Guinea, will most likely require far more complicated political preparations than the situation off the coast of Somalia.
"The concept we've grown accustomed to with the anti-piracy effort off Somalia can't be transferred to West Africa and, especially, Nigeria. The technical capacity, the ships, exists and can be deployed at fairly short notice. But the major task there is the political preparation. It's a very complicated area to operate in politically compared to Somalia," says chief analyst Nis Leerskov Mathiesen, Risk Intelligence, to ShippingWatch.