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Risk Intelligence: Nigeria covering up pirate attacks

It can be bad for business if carriers in Nigeria report pirate attacks, a fact that keeps many carriers from reporting the assaults, which is reflected in the official statistics, says Risk Intelligence.

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One of the biggest concentrations of pirate attacks at the moment is centered in and around Nigeria. The latest numbers from the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Report Center (IMB) show that 13 incidents involving gun fire took place off the coast of Nigeria in 2013, and the organization has registered a total of 51 attempted attacks, so-called incidents. But the real situation is much more critical, according to, among others, Hans Tino Hansen, founder and CEO of intelligence firm Risk Intelligence.

"IMB can only register incidents reported to the organization by carriers or flag/coastal states, and they can't include incidents by themselves that they've read or heard about if none of the bodies mentioned above wish to report the cases," he tells ShippingWatch.

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