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Nigeria to remain on insurers' riskiest waters list despite plea

The majority of all kidnapped seafarers worldwide are taken to Nigeria where ransoms are negotiated, prompting the Joint War Committee to uphold its assessment that there is "an enhanced risk" and allow insurers to charge more for coverage.

A photo of an anti-piracy operation. | Photo: IMO

Nigeria will remain on a list of the world's riskiest waters that insurers rely on to determine how much to charge ships traveling to different countries, even after the government asked to be removed.

The West African nation borders on an expanse of the Atlantic Ocean called the Gulf of Guinea that's become the most perilous part of the globe for sailors. Last year, 95 percent of the 135 seafarers seized worldwide were kidnapped in the gulf, in 22 separate incidents, according to data from the International Maritime Bureau. Hostages are usually taken to Nigeria, where ransoms are negotiated.

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