According to security firm EOS Risk Group, Nigerian pirates have kidnapped 35 seafarers from vessels in the Gulf of Guinea so far this year.

“Most concerning this year has been the resurgence of ‘petro-piracy,’ involving the hijacking of tankers for oil theft,” said Jake Longworth, senior intelligence analyst at EOS Risk.

EOS has recorded seven pirate attacks in the waters of Nigeria’s western neighbor in the first half of 2018. The attacks involved several successful tanker hijackings, one of which resulted in the loss of 2,000 tonnes of product.

To mitigate the risk, EOS recommends Masters implement Global Counter Piracy Guidance (GCPG) measures and familiarise themselves with the ‘Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for protection against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region – version 3, June 2018.’

Where additional protection is required, they say shipping companies may require armed escort vessels and embarked guards where domestic law permits.

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