IMB Report

Gulf of Guinea, kidnappings on the rise

by Port News Editorial Staff

The number of kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea has increased by 40% in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period in 2019.

This has been confirmed by the International Maritime Bureau, which has recorded 132 pirate attacks worldwide since the beginning of the year, 13 more than in the January-September last year.

There have been 134 cases of assaults, injuries and threats. A total of 85 seafarers have been kidnapped and held hostage for ransom demands, 31 of whom were held hostage on board their own vessels. The IMB points out that a total of 112 ships have been assaulted, while 12 cases of attempted attacks have been reported.

80 out of a total of 85 kidnappings were carried out off the coast of the Gulf of Guinea.

Translation by Giles Foster