International Maritime Bureau hails reduction in piracy at GoG
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB), in its 2022 semi-annual report, welcomed the reduction in piracy around the world and expressed optimism that this is a new dawn for the maritime community globally.
This follows the Office receiving the lowest number of reported incidents for the first half of the year since 1994, a testament to its advocacy efforts to make waters safe globally.
The Gulf of Guinea statement on cracking down on piracy confirmed that there have been no cases of kidnapping of seafarers one year after the May 2021 statement.
This is seen as commendable progress over 2020 statistics, when 130 sailors were abducted. The situation report of the GoG statement also confirmed that there were no cases of kidnapping for ransom in 2022, compared to 20 cases in 2020 and 12 in 2021.
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said Nigeria is committed to maintaining the momentum of recent success in combating piracy in the region.
“It is heartening that the international maritime community recognizes the progress made so far. It is the direct result of collaboration between national, regional and non-regional stakeholders.
that this trend will continue and very soon we will begin to reap the benefits such as a change in the status of the insurance premium paid on shipments to Nigeria; the war risk premium being paid at this time. We hope that status will change very soon,” he said.
While welcoming the progress, the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), the world’s largest direct-membership organization for shipowners, charterers, brokers and shipping agents, has called for the effective and comprehensive deployment of Deep Blue Assets on the fight against piracy.
The Nigerian Navy’s efforts in cracking down on pirate camps, the Deep Blue C4i coastal surveillance project and working with international navies for law enforcement off Nigerian waters and the series of meetings under the aegis Gulf of Guinea Maritime Coordination Forum, Shared Awareness and DEconfliction, GoG/SHADE have been identified as key to the success of the war against piracy in the region.
For its part, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has also confirmed that no cases of ship hijacking have taken place in Nigerian waters during the first half of 2022.
The ICC and the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) have confirmed that the first half of 2022 saw the fewest cases of piracy globally in 28 years with only 58 cases reported compared to 68 during the same period in 2021.
Of the 58 incidents, 2 were classified as piracy attacks in the Gulf of Guinea, NONE of which occurred in Nigerian waters. While the reduction in reported incidents is indeed encouraging, the IMB PRC continues to warn against complacency.
IMB Director Michael Howlett said: “Not only is this good news for seafarers and the shipping industry, it is also good news for the trade which drives growth. economic. But the risk transfer zones and the maritime community must remain vigilant. We encourage governments and responding authorities to continue their patrols which create a deterrent effect.